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Stablecoin Issuer Circle Cancels Plan To Go Public

 |  December 5, 2022

Circle Internet Financial, the company that operates the USD Coin stablecoin, is ending its current attempt to go public though a special purpose-acquisition merger with Concord, the company said in press release.

“We are disappointed the proposed transaction timed out, however, becoming a public company remains part of Circle’s core strategy to enhance trust and transparency, which has never been more important,” Circle Co-founder and CEO Jeremy Allaire said in the release.

The companies’ proposed business combination was initially announced in July 2021 and amended in February 2022, according to the press release.

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Concord’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation gave Concord until Dec. 10 to consummate a business combination and until Jan. 31, 2023, if the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) declares the S-4 registration statement for the business combination effective and if shareholders vote to extend the date. To date, the statement has not been declared effective, the release said.

The termination of the proposed business combination was approved by both Concord’s and Circle’s board of directors, per the release.

Circle became profitable in the third quarter and ended the quarter with close to $400 million in unrestricted cash, according to the press release.

“Circle plays a key role in the blockchain’s disruption of financial services,” Concord Acquisition Corp Chairman Bob Diamond said in the release. “I remain confident in Circle’s regulatory-first approach to building trust and transparency in the financial industry, which has never been more important, and I will continue being an advocate for the company as it continues to grow.”

The announcement comes about two months after blockchain payments startup Roxe and SPAC Goldenstone Acquisition mutually terminated their merger.