Circle, the issuer of the world’s second-largest stablecoin USDC, has raised US$400 million in its latest funding round with major investments from BlackRock and Fidelity Management and Research, as the stablecoin issuer looks to explore possibilities with the traditional financial world.
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- Circle is expected to close the funding round in the second quarter, while the stablecoin issuer continues working toward a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, which values the company at US$9 billion.
- BlackRock, set to serve as a primary asset manager of USDC cash reserves, has also entered into a broader partnership with Circle to explore more market applications of the stablecoin.
- Meanwhile, Circle is in the process of compiling an application to operate as a bank in the U.S., Bloomberg Wednesday reported.
- USDC is a fast-growing stablecoin pegged to the U.S. dollar with over US$50 billion in circulation.
- Circle previously raised US$440 million in its last funding round in May 2021.
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