Paxos applies for clearing license with SEC following successful pilot tests

Paxos, a United States-based stablecoin operator, introduced Tuesday that it’s going to apply for a proper clearing company license with the Securities and Trade Fee, or SEC, in a transfer that might deliver one other sensible use case for blockchain expertise in conventional markets. 

As Reuters reported, the pursuit of an company license by Paxos follows a profitable pilot take a look at of its same-day settlement system. Credit score Suisse, a Zurich-based monetary establishment, and Instinet, the buying and selling arm of Nomura Holdings Inc., participated within the pilot by settling U.S.-listed inventory trades on the identical day.

Paxos says the trades represented the primary reside utility of blockchain expertise for U.S. equities. It presently takes two days to settle a commerce for fairness markets within the U.S. Efforts to shorten this time have gained traction within the wake of the GameStop saga.

Entities should register with the U.S. securities regulator earlier than they function a clearing home. Because the SEC notes:

“Part 17A of the Securities Trade Act of 1934 (“Trade Act”) and Rule 17Ab2-1 require an entity to register with the Fee or get hold of an exemption from registration previous to performing the capabilities of a clearing company.”

Paxos made headlines late final yr when it raised $142 million from main buyers together with PayPal and Mithril Capital to broaden its monetary market infrastructure. The stablecoin issuer can be in search of approval to grow to be a fully-regulated crypto financial institution.