Paxos, a United States-based stablecoin operator, announced Tuesday that it will apply for a formal clearing agency license with the Securities and Exchange Commission in a move that would bring another practical use case for blockchain technology in traditional markets.
As Reuters reported, the pursuit of an agency license by Paxos follows a successful pilot test of its same-day settlement system. Credit Suisse, a Zurich-based financial institution; and Instinet, the trading arm of Nomura Holdings Inc, participated in the pilot by settling U.S.-listed stock trades on the same day.
Paxos says the trades represented the first live application of blockchain technology for U.S. equities. It currently takes two days to settle a trade for equity markets in the United States. Efforts to shorten this time have gained traction in the wake of the GameStop saga.
Entities must register with the U.S. securities regulator before they operate a clearinghouse. As the SEC notes:
“Section 17A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ('Exchange Act') and Rule 17Ab2-1 require an entity to register with the Commission or obtain an exemption from registration prior to performing the functions of a clearing agency.”
Paxos made headlines late last year when it raised $142 million from major investors including PayPal and Mithril Capital to expand its financial market infrastructure. The stablecoin issuer is also seeking approval to become a fully regulated crypto bank.