Peter Thiel-Backed Crypto Exchange Bullish Calls Off SPAC Deal

"Our quest to become a public company is taking longer than expected, but we respect the SEC’s ongoing work to lay new digital asset frameworks and clarify industry-specific disclosure and accounting complexities," said Bullish Chairman and CEO Brendan Blumer in a statement announcing the the termination of his company's deal to go public via a merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Far Peak Acquisition (FPAC).

The most recent amendment to the two firms' original July 2021 merger agreement allowed for the right to terminate the deal if nothing was consummated by the end of 2022.

Among investors in Bullish are Peter Thiel and hedge fund giants Alan Howard and Louis Bacon.

It's the latest in a long line of cancelled mergers in the once red-hot SPAC arena. Earlier this month stablecoin issuer Circle terminated its merger agreement with Concord Acquisition.

The Bullish platform handled $857 million in average daily volume in June of this year, according to its most recent investor update.