Cryptocurrency lending platform Vauld raised $2 million to develop into full banking providers, together with issuing credit score and debit playing cards and offering fiat and crypto order books, CoinDesk reported.
The funding spherical was led by Pantera Capital and included Coinbase Ventures and LuneX Ventures. The Singapore-based platform has an lively presence in India and goals to maneuver into Europe and the U.S.
“We see institutional capital come into the crypto house with the expectation of banking integrations to enhance crypto credit score choices,” CEO Darshan Bathija mentioned in a press release, based on CoinDesk.
In different information, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed an emergency asset freeze in opposition to Virgil Capital and its affiliated firms after charging the agency and its CEO, Stefan Qin, with fraud associated to Virgil Sigma Fund LP, the corporate’s cryptocurrency buying and selling fund, based on a press release.
The SEC claimed that Qin and the corporate have been deceptive traders since 2018 over Sigma Fund’s monetary situation, property and technique. Qin and the corporate allegedly spent funding cash on private bills and different “undisclosed high-risk investments.”
“This emergency motion is a vital step to guard investor property and forestall additional hurt,” mentioned Kristina Littman, chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Cyber Unit, within the launch. “Qin allegedly made false guarantees to lure traders after which continued his deception to hide his misuse of investor funds.”
The SEC additional claimed that Qin and Virgil Capital instructed traders they’d switch their pursuits to the VQR Multistrategy Fund LP, which can also be owned by Qin however managed individually. However based on the SEC, no funds had been transferred.
The SEC filed its criticism in opposition to Qin and Virgil Capital within the Southern District of New York on Dec. 22, additionally charging VQR Companions, Virgil Applied sciences, Montgomery Applied sciences and Virgil Quantitative Analysis.
In the meantime, monetary providers agency SBI Holdings responded to an SEC lawsuit in opposition to Ripple on Monday (Dec. 28), claiming that XRP is a “cryptocurrency asset,” not a safety, CoinDesk reported, citing the corporate’s press launch.
The SEC filed suit in opposition to Ripple for promoting the XRP cryptocurrency with out registering it as a safety within the U.S. Nonetheless, SBI Holdings, which runs SBI Ripple Asia in partnership with Ripple, mentioned in its assertion that Ripple is just not a safety in Japanese regulation.