Circle to open office in UK

Circle Internet Financial Ltd. dark logoCircle Internet Financial Ltd. dark logoGoldman Sachs-backed Bitcoin services company Circle Internet Financial Ltd. is planning to open an office in London, UK, reports Business Insider Australia.

Circle founder and CEO Jeremy Allaire and co-founder Sean Neville, along with other executives, are presently in London to hire a manager for their UK operation, and to find a suitable location for their office, revealed the Australian edition of Business Insider.

The Ireland-incorporated, but mainly Boston-based company is also reportedly in talks with the Financial Conduct Authority about acquiring an e-money license to be able to run its digital wallet service in the UK and include the British pound sterling, as well as euros, to the list of currencies it supports.

The Bitcoin firm also plans to include many other fiat currencies soon, and once added, use the London office as its base to expand in Europe.

“Neville told Business Insider that Circle chose London for its European expansion base over Dublin largely because of the attitude of the government and regulators towards financial technology and digital currencies in the UK,” said Business Insider Australia. “Neville said Britain is amongst the most forward thinking in the world in this area.”

Since its launch in 2013, Circle has raised $76 million, the most recent being $50 million in a Goldman Sachs-led funding round in April.

On September 22, Circle became the first Bitcoin company to be licensed by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) to lawfully operate in the state of New York. With its NYDFS-licensed status, the company became able to legally offer, in the New York State, its mobile payment service that sends, receives and holds Bitcoin as well as US dollars for the users.

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