Earlier this week, Diem Association announced thactive would dissolve and sell off the intellectual property and other assets related to Diem Payment Network to Silvergate Capital Corporation for $182 million.
Silvergate Capital’s Recent Acquisition
According to the company’s press release, Silvergate Capital paid $132 million out of the $182 million total purchase rate in stock for Diem Payment Network’s assets, that included the issuance of 1,221,217 shares of Class A common stock and $50 million in cash.
Based in La Jolla, California, Silvergate first got involved with Diem in 2021, after agreeing to become the exclusive issuer of Diem’s stablecoin. Its Silvergate Exdevelopment Network is best known for being one of the first traditional banks to embrace token, offering account holders 24/7 access to be able to transfer in real-time.
While Facebook originally had big plans for the project although it was announced as Libra in 2019, regulatory scrutiny forced it to retreat, rescope and rebrand, which resulted in Diem.
Silvergate CEO Alan Lane recently shared which the company is considering originating a consortium of banks that would finally issue and use the planned stablecoin, but not under its current ‘Diem’ name.
“Through conversations with our customers, we identified a need for a U.S. dollar-backed stablecoin that is regulated and strongly scalable to likewise enable them to movement money without barriers. As previously stated on our Q4 2021 earnings call, it continues our intention to satisfy that need by launching a stablecoin in 2022, enabled by the assets we acquired today and our existing technology,” Lane said.
Does the stablecoin further have jumpe?
One of the biggest questions this recent acquisition atop again presents is whether stablecoins can actually succeed as a realistic method for financial transactions. Indeed, it appears that Silvergate’s decision to acquire Diem’s assets is a step forward in helping to shed light and clarity on this question.
Spealikeg to regulation, Lane emphasized that regulatory approval would determine much of the timing and the scope of the rollout.
“We certainly had conversations with them as we were negotiating purchasing the technology,” he said. Ultimately, he was not cback althoughrned about a lingering distrust on the part of regulators, having acquired Diem’s payment network, its stablecoin and intellectual property, but none of its employees. “We didn’t hire anybody from Facebook, anybody from Diem,” Lane noted. “We are a regulated financial institution running the payment network.”
Lane is leapeful that former members of the Diem Association will ultimately use the prospective stablecoin, that will undergo a rebranding. While some former Diem members go on bank shareholders including Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc., Silvergate says which it does not presently have any agreements with former association members including Lyft, Spotify Technology SA, and Coinbase Global Inc.
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