Circle Wins Europe’s First Stablecoin License via MiCA

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Jeremy Allaire speaking at a conference, announcing Circle's MiCA license acquisition.
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Circle Wins Europe’s First Stablecoin License via MiCA

Stablecoin issuer Circle is the first stablecoin company to achieve compliance with the European Union’s (EU) Markets in Crypto Asset (MiCA) policies designed to oversee digital asset business operations. Having obtained an Electronic Money Institution (EMI) license from French regulators, CEO Jeremy Allaire announced that Circle Mint France will manage EURC and USDC issuance for European users.

Understanding Stablecoins and Their Role

Stablecoins offer an avenue to trade in and out of cryptocurrencies without suffering from the volatility associated with most digital assets, such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and Solana (SOL). Assets like Tether’s USDT and Circle’s USDC are pegged to sovereign currencies, like the U.S. dollar or the euro, providing stability in an otherwise unpredictable market.

MiCA’s Impact on Stablecoins

The development dispelled previous uncertainty surrounding stablecoins in the EU, as MiCA promised to install strict rules on how these assets may be used. For instance, under the bloc’s framework, firms have a daily issuance limit of $215 million in transaction value. This regulation aims to control the flow and ensure the stability of digital currencies within the market.

Is Circle Positioned to Upend Tether?

Circle’s EMI license and MiCA compliance could prove strategic in claiming the European market and even challenging crypto’s largest stablecoin issuer, Tether. Speculation circulated about Tether’s European future after some platforms, like Bitstamp, delisted the firm’s euro-denominated offering, Tether EURT. Uphold also shuttered support for USDT and several other dollar-pegged stablecoins.

Future Prospects for Circle and USDC

With a vacuum emerging and Circle claiming the first MiCA stablecoin license, Allaire and his company could flip Tether and USDT as the dominant stablecoin in multiple jurisdictions. The USDC issuer plans to redomicile its legal base from Ireland to the U.S. before an initial public offering (IPO). Looming U.S. stablecoin regulations might further solidify the company as a global stablecoin powerhouse.

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Challenges Ahead for USDC

Despite these advances, USDC has an uphill road before catching up to Tether in market cap. USDT holds the number one spot with $113 billion compared to USDC’s $32 billion. At press time, USDC is below its June 2022 peak of around $55 billion. The strategic movements by Circle indicate a robust plan to enhance its market position and potentially become a leading stablecoin issuer globally.

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