Tether, the company behind the well-known stablecoin USDT, has announced a strategic alliance with rhino.fi, a platform formerly known as DeversiFi, initially emerging from Ethfinex. This partnership is set to bolster liquidity for rhino.fi’s bridging solution, marking a crucial step in the evolution of cross-chain transactions.
Background and Evolution of the Partnership
The origins of rhino.fi trace back to Ethfinex, an entity closely associated with Tether and its parent company, Digfinex. Ethfinex’s journey began as a venture to establish a trustless exchange, which later evolved into DeversiFi following a management buyout. Despite the structural changes, the ties between DeversiFi (now rhino.fi) and Bitfinex remained intact, often collaborating on various blockchain and cryptocurrency initiatives.
One of the notable collaborations was the integration of Tether tokens into DeversiFi’s layer-2 decentralized exchange platform. This integration was a precursor to the broader objectives that rhino.fi aimed to facilitate seamless transactions across diverse tokens and multiple blockchain networks. The rebranding to rhino.fi represents the platform’s ambition to enable more comprehensive and efficient cross-chain transactions, including those involving Tether tokens.
Rhino.fi Enhances Cross-Chain Transactions with Tether
The strategic alliance between Tether and rhino.fi is expected to enhance liquidity on the latter’s platform significantly. This enhancement is crucial for rhino.fi’s ambition is to provide efficient and accessible cross-chain transactions. The presence of Tether’s USDT on the platform is set to play a pivotal role, given the widespread use and acceptance of USDT in the cryptocurrency market.
This partnership arrives when Tether faced scrutiny following a United Nations report implicating USDT in various illicit activities, including money laundering and the “pig butchering” scam in Southeast Asia. Despite these challenges, Tether remains a key player in the stablecoin market, and this new alliance with rhino.fi could further cement its role in the evolving landscape of digital currencies.
The leadership of rhino.fi, under William Harborne, and its connection to Tether and Bitfinex through Christopher Harborne, a significant shareholder in Tether’s parent company Digfinex, underscores the intertwined relationships within the crypto sector. Christopher Harborne, known for his political involvement and financial contributions, has played a role in navigating the banking challenges faced by Bitfinex and Tether in the past.
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