Paradigm Announces Partnership with Friktion Labs - Enters Solana Ecosystem

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May 10, 2022


We’re delighted to announce that Paradigm has taken another step towards empowering the DeFi Options ecosystem by partnering with Friktion, the largest DeFi portfolio manager on the Solana chain. Friktion has consistently been a first mover in the Solana ecosystem and launched the first native structured products on Solana - Friktion Volts - in late 2021.

Friktion believes that sustainable yields in the long term come from the inherent risk properties of an asset and they have come to Paradigm, crypto’s largest institutional liquidity network, to streamline execution, minimize price slippage and encourage competition from liquidity providers. Using Paradigm will not only maximize the yields available on Friktion’s products for their clients but also facilitate market maker participation given the similar interface to structured product auctions on other chains.

Uddhav Marwaha, CEO Friktion Labs

"Our partnership with Paradigm will further unlock efficient price discovery and execution for Friktion auctions while preserving the non-custodial DeFi guarantees we value. Bringing the largest CeFi options liquidity network to Solana is the first step in our plan to scale liquidity across venues for Friktion. We’re proud to be working with Anand and his team who have been building robust options infrastructure since the earliest days of the crypto options markets.”

Phase 1

In Phase 1 of this strategic partnership, Paradigm will power Friktion Volt#01 and #02: covered call and collateralized put option auctions, combining crypto’s largest institutional liquidity network and automated workflows to streamline and optimize the Volt auction processes.

Phase 2

In Phase 2, Paradigm and Friktion will further collaborate to enhance liquidity and execution of its Volt#04: Basis Yield, which executes delta-neutral strategies aimed at harvesting perpetual funding rates. We view this as a huge long-term opportunity as Friktion continues to innovate its product suite. Paradigm and its network stand ready to be the single point of access for Friktion Volts to source their more complex liquidity needs.

Anand Gomes, CEO Paradigm

"We are excited to collaborate with the Friktion team as they continue to build out key DeFi primitives in the Solana ecosystem. Friktion has been at the cutting edge of innovation since their launch and we are delighted to help support their incredible pace of product innovation with our best in class liquidity and automated RFQ workflows.”

This marks our third DeFi partnership and we look forward to expanding our footprint in the growing DeFi yield-enhancement space by connecting our best-in-class technology and liquidity network to innovative DeFi protocols everywhere.

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