- Conditional Registration: Circle is now a Digital Asset Service Provider in France, poised for innovation in fintech under AMF’s oversight.
- Strategic Leadership: Coralie Billmann to lead Circle’s operations in France, pending regulatory approval, bringing a wealth of experience.
- Continued Collaboration: Despite CENTRE Consortium dissolution, Circle and Coinbase strengthen ties, emphasizing stablecoin leadership.
In a significant move, stablecoin issuer Circle has secured conditional registration under France’s cryptocurrency laws, marking a strategic step towards establishing its European regulatory base. Dante Disparte, Circle’s Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Policy, emphasized the decision, stating, “The selection of France as our European regulatory base builds on the country’s clear rules for responsible innovation in fintech and digital assets, while leveraging France’s dynamic entrepreneurial, technological, banking, and financial services ecosystem.”
The conditional registration places Circle as a Digital Asset Service Provider (DASP) or Prestataire de Service sur Actifs Numériques (PSAN) with France’s financial regulator, the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF). However, before commencing operations in France, Circle must secure approval as a payment services provider (PSP) or register as an agent of a PSP. To meet this requirement, Circle has applied for an Electronic Money Institution (EMI) license. Moreover, the obtained licensing will position Circle to adhere to the EU’s Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regime.
Coralie Billmann has been selected to lead Circle’s operations in France, pending regulatory approval. With a robust background, Billmann has previously worked at European payments platform 3S Money, JP Morgan, and PayPal Luxembourg. Her LinkedIn profile reflects her recent appointment as Circle’s Europe VP, separate from her upcoming role as President of Circle France.
Coinbase, a frequent collaborator with Circle, also announced its regulatory status in France on the same day. Unlike Circle, Coinbase’s regulatory status seems to be finalized rather than conditional, showcasing the evolving landscape of cryptocurrency regulations in the country.
Despite the dissolution of their joint venture, the CENTRE Consortium, in August, both Coinbase and Circle continue to maintain a strong partnership. Notably, the companies are recognized for their pivotal roles in issuing and supporting stablecoins such as USDC, pegged to the U.S. dollar, and EURC, pegged to the euro. The joint pursuit of regulatory compliance underscores their commitment to fostering a stable and innovative environment within the cryptocurrency industry.
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