$65 Mln raised by Blockchain Settlement Platform Paxos

Formerly bitcoin exchange itBit, blockchain settlement platform Paxos has completed  a $65 million Series B round of financing headed by existing investors
01 June 2018   1011

Paxos which is placed in New York, unvealed the Series B round was led by a group of current investors including Liberty City Ventures, RRE Ventures, Jay Jordan in order to use the capital to ‘significantly’ scale operations and widen its presence as a blockchain settlement platform in international markets.

This additional funding will further our goals to eliminate settlement risk and expand our product offerings across geographies. We are continuing to invest in expanding our platform that simplifies our financial infrastructure, offers greater control and lays the foundation for the future.
Andrew Chang
COO, Paxos

The Series B round is Paxos’ first financing campaign since its $25 million Series A round in May 2015, processing at itBit at the time. The company claimed it has now raised a total of $93 million in funding to date. Known as the first bitcoin exchange to take a New York banking license in 2015, itBit received a banking charter resemble to the Winklevoss brothers’ Gemini exchange before its rebrand to Paxos in 2016.

It is a crucial time in the financial markets. We are at an inflection point to reduce the risk in our financial system and free capital trapped by an archaic settlement system.
Charles Cascarilla
CEO, Paxos

The firm started to be based on blockchain settlement of trades in securities and precious metals (gold, etc.). In December 2016, Paxos ended a pilot with Euroclear, the biggest settlement provider of Europe, in 2 weeks involving over 600 over the counter gold bullion trades settled on the company’s’ blockchain. The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) in May 2018, the state’s financial regulator, presented another license to Paxos in authorizing the company’s blockchain post-trade platform Bankchain as a precious metals` solution. 

Binance Singapore Unit to Apply For License

Under the new law, aimed at regulating crypto paymetns and trading, firms must register with the Monetary Authority to receive a license
17 February 2020   260

Binance, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange unit, has applied for a license under the new Payment Services Act, which entered into force on January 28.

We have already applied. We submitted the application pretty fast. Binance’s Singapore entity has been in close touch with the local regulators, and they have always been open-minded.

 

Changpeng Zhao

Founder and CEO, Binance

Under the new law, crypto companies in Singapore must register with the Monetary Authority and receive one of three licenses: an exchange of money, a standard or large payment institution. The measure is aimed at regulating payments and crypto trading using requirements for participants in the traditional finance industry. Zhao did not specify which of the licenses Binance Singapore chose.

Binance has been offering crypto-fiat trading services in Singapore since April 2019 and works with eight coins, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP. The trading platform is supported by Vertex Venture Holdings, a venture division of Singapore's Temasek Holdings.