Circle reveals cooperation in ongoing SEC investigation

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Circle, the corporate behind the world’s second-largest stablecoin USD Coin, has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Securities and Trade Fee (SEC).

In keeping with an Oct. 4 regulatory submitting from Circle, the SEC issued an “investigative subpoena” from its Enforcement Division in July.

Circle, which is behind the USDC stablecoin, said that it will be totally cooperating with the regulator after receiving the request:

“As well as, in July 2021, we acquired an investigative subpoena from the SEC Enforcement Division requesting paperwork and knowledge concerning sure of our holdings, buyer applications, and operations. We’re cooperating totally with their investigation.”

The Circle submitting is a part of its plan to go public by way of a special-purpose acquisition car via a merger with Harmony Acquisition Corp, with the agency valued at $4.5 billion.

CIrcle issued an similar assertion in an August submitting amid the SEC’s investigations into its operation of former subsidiary Poloniex. That very same month, Circle agreed to pay the SEC greater than $10 million in fines for expenses in opposition to Poloniex for working as an unregistered cryptocurrency trade.

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In late July, Circle launched a disclosure report revealing that 61% of USDC’s reserves had been held in money and money equivalents, the rest in industrial paper accounts, treasuries, and bonds.

In early September, the SEC threatened to sue USDC-issuing Centre Consortium member Coinbase over a proposed lending product that will yield rates of interest for choose holders of USDC.