Circle Internet Financial Ltd has revealed that it is currently seeking to obtain a federal banking license with the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in order to expand the services available to the company's customers. It also hopes to pursue registration with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a brokerage and trading venue, which would allow the company to facilitate the trading of tokens deemed to comprise securities.
Circle Seeks to Gain Banking License with U.S. Regulator
Circle has announced its intention to become the first cryptocurrency company to obtain a banking license.
If successful, the move would allow Circle to hold customer funds in the form of digital coins of fiat currency, in addition allowing it to "hold reserves with the Federal Reserve, to natively access the central-banking system without intermediaries, to directly settle with other banks in other markets around the world through those networks – that can improve the efficiency of what we deliver, it can reduce the costs," according to Circle's chief executive officer, Jeremy Allaire.
Circle claims to have already conducted preliminary conversations with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency regarding potential banking functions.