Circle reveals cooperation in ongoing SEC investigation

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 response to 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, acknowledged that it could be absolutely 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 packages, and operations. We’re cooperating absolutely with their investigation.”

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

CIrcle issued an equivalent 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 towards Poloniex for working as an unregistered cryptocurrency alternate.

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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 business 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 may yield rates of interest for choose holders of USDC.