Paxos Trust Company

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Paxos Trust Company
FormerlyitBit
TypeLimited purpose trust company
IndustryFinancial technology
Founded2012; 10 years ago (2012)
Headquarters
New York, NY[1]
Key people
  • Charles Cascarilla (CEO and co-founder)
  • Rich Teo (CEO of Paxos Asia and co-founder)
  • Andrew Chang (COO)
Websitepaxos.com

Paxos Trust Company is a New York-based financial institution and technology company specializing in blockchain.[2] The company's product offerings include a cryptocurrency brokerage service, asset tokenization services, and settlement services.[3][4][5] ItBit, a bitcoin exchange run by Paxos, was the first bitcoin exchange to be licensed by the New York State Department of Financial Services, granting the company the ability to be the custodian and exchange for customers in the United States.[6][7]

Paxos was founded in 2012[8] and is based in New York City, with offices in London and Singapore.[9] As of April 2021, the company has received $540 million in funding.[10]

History[edit]

Charles Cascarilla and Rich Teo founded Paxos in 2012 as the itBit Bitcoin exchange.[11][12] In 2015, the company changed its legal name from itBit to Paxos Trust Company.[13] At the same time, the Department of Financial Services of New York granted Paxos a limited-purpose trust charter,[6] making it the first company in the U.S. approved and regulated to offer crypto products and services.[14][15]

The company received $65 million in a funding round in May 2018.[8] In September 2018, Paxos launched the Paxos Standard stablecoin as one of the industry’s first regulated stablecoins.[16] Paxos introduced PAX Gold, the first regulated gold-backed digital token, in September 2019.[13]

In October 2019, Paxos received a no-action letter from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to test a new settlement service for U.S.-listed equities on a private blockchain.[17][5] The service went live in February 2020.[18] In July 2020, Paxos launched its crypto brokerage with Revolut as the first client.[3][19]

In October 2020, PayPal announced that it would offer cryptocurrency buy, hold and sell services to its users through a partnership with Paxos.[20][21]

Products[edit]

Crypto brokerage[edit]

Paxos provides a crypto brokerage so clients can give their customers access to the cryptocurrency market. The company manages the regulatory and technology components of cryptocurrency trading on behalf of its clients.[3][19]

Paxos Standard[edit]

Paxos Standard (PAX), launched in September 2018, is one of the industry's first regulated stablecoins, tied to the U.S. dollar such that 1 PAX = 1 USD.[16][22]

PAX Gold[edit]

PAX Gold (PAXG) is a digital asset backed by physical gold.[23] Paxos Trust Company is the custodian for PAX Gold tokens and their associated physical gold bars.[24]

itBit[edit]

ItBit is a digital asset exchange approved by the New York State Department of Finance to trade five digital assets: bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin (LTC), and PAX Gold (PAXG).[15][25][26]

Post-trade services[edit]

Paxos provides post-trade automation services for precious metals and other trades. Services include automation of trade confirmations and settlement among multiple parties.[9]

Securities settlement service[edit]

In October 2019, the SEC gave Paxos permission to establish a settlement service for stock trading. Credit Suisse and Société Générale were the first banks to sign on to use the service.[17] Paxos announced it had settled a securities trade on a blockchain for the first time in February 2020.[27]

References[edit]

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  6. 6.0 6.1 Popper, Nathaniel (7 May 2015). "Bitcoin Exchange Receives First License in New York State". The New York Times Dealbook. Archived from the original on 19 September 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  7. Nasr, Reem (7 May 2015). "NY grants first banking license to bitcoin exchange itBit". CNBC. Archived from the original on 25 July 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Irrera, Anna (31 May 2018). "Blockchain and cryptocurrency startup Paxos raises $65 million". Reuters. Archived from the original on 24 July 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Hansen, Sarah (8 August 2018). "Bitcoin Custodian Paxos Enters Gold Market With Post-Trade Confirmation Product". Forbes. Archived from the original on 24 July 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
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  12. Shieber, Jonathan (7 July 2014). "Seeing Opportunities In The US, itBit Relocates To NYC, Names New CEO". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 24 July 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Chavez-Dreyfuss, Gertrude (5 September 2019). "Paxos gets U.S. regulator nod for gold-backed token, dollar-backed stablecoin". Reuters. Archived from the original on 24 July 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
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  16. 16.0 16.1 Chavez-Dreyfuss, Gertrude (10 September 2018). "New York regulator approves Winklevoss, Paxos dollar-linked tokens". Reuters. Archived from the original on 24 July 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Osipovich, Alexander (7 November 2019). "Blockchain Makes Inroads Into the Stock Market's $1 Trillion Plumbing System". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 24 July 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
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  19. 19.0 19.1 Dillet, Romain (15 July 2020). "Revolut partners with Paxos to bring cryptocurrency trading to the US". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 10 August 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  20. Irrera, Anna (21 October 2020). "PayPal to allow cryptocurrency buying, selling and shopping on its network". Reuters. Archived from the original on 23 October 2020. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  21. Dillet, Romain (21 October 2020). "PayPal to let you buy and sell cryptocurrencies in the US". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 21 October 2020. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  22. Dillet, Romain (11 March 2020). "Blockchain (the company) lets you borrow USD PAX against collateral". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 10 August 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
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