PayPal receives SEC subpoena regarding its $156M market cap PYUSD stablecoin – Reuters
PayPal faces a significant SEC subpoena tied to its stablecoin, marking a new milestone in the intersection of traditional finance and digital currencies.
PayPal has disclosed it received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) tied to its U.S. dollar stablecoin, PYUSD, marking yet another milestone at the intersection of traditional finance and digital currencies, according to reports.
As Reuters reported, this significant development follows PayPal’s pioneering move in August, when the tech giant became the first in its field to embrace digital currencies for payments and transfers.
PayPal’s leap into digital currencies began with the launch of PayPal USD (PYUSD), a stablecoin fully backed by U.S. dollar deposits, U.S. Treasuries, and similar cash equivalents, as CryptoSlate reported in August.
PayPal issues outside the U.S.
However, this crypto frontier has not been without roadblocks. Despite successfully registering with the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to offer crypto services in the country, PayPal faces several restrictions in its crypto activities. The digital giant is prohibited from allowing new customers to buy new crypto assets, expanding its current offering in crypto assets, and operating an automated process to exchange crypto assets for money without the FCA’s approval.
These restrictions shed light on the broader regulatory climate surrounding crypto activities globally. On Oct. 31, before PayPal’s SEC subpoena, the U.K. Treasury published a proposal to integrate crypto activities into the financial services regulation.
As per the proposal, all crypto-related firms will require authorization from the Financial Conduct Authority to operate in the country. This move toward regulation has been mirrored in multiple jurisdictions worldwide, underscoring the complex regulatory challenges that corporations like PayPal must navigate in this dynamic sector.
PayPal PYUSD vs SEC.
PayPal’s PYUSD, an ERC-20 token issued on the Ethereum blockchain, was launched to bridge the gap between fiat and digital currencies for consumers, merchants, and developers. Yet, as the SEC subpoena indicates, the road to achieving this objective is fraught with regulatory obligations that must be thoroughly considered and addressed.
Transparency remains a crucial factor in navigating these challenges. To this end, Paxos Trust Company, the overseer of PayPal USD issuance, has committed to publishing a public monthly Reserve Report for PayPal USD from Sept. 2023. This report provides a transparent view of the reserves for PayPal USD, further bolstered by a third-party attestation of the value of PayPal USD reserve assets.
PayPal’s recent subpoena from the SEC, linked to its stablecoin PYUSD, underscores the intricate interplay between fintech innovation and seemingly inconsistent regulatory oversight from the SEC. It exemplifies the challenges that major firms face as they venture into the evolving realm of digital currencies and the continual adaptation required to navigate the global regulatory landscape.
As the digital payment revolution progresses, entities like PayPal continue to mark significant strides toward a more integrated digital economy, even as they grapple with the accompanying regulatory complexities.
According to the most CryptoSlate data, PYUSD currently boasts a market capitalization of $158.93 million, with a 24-hour trading volume standing at $7.2 million.”
CryptoSlate is awaiting a response from PayPal regarding the statement.