The UK entity of crypto payment processor MoonPay has received the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) license. Moonpay (UK) Limited appeared on the Registered Cryptoasset Firms list on 9 December 2022 and is the 40th cryptocurrency service provider authorized by the UK watchdog. It joins the likes of crypto ventures Bitpanda, Revolut, and Skrill.
Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse told CNBC that the U.S.-based company has applied to the Irish Central Bank, the financial services regulator, for a virtual asset services provider license. The Ireland office will also give Ripple access to the country's financial and technology talent pools. From Dublin, Ripple can develop and launch products and services for its European customer base.
In the FTX crash, the crypto market has been in a state of shock. Celebrities such as the U.S. football star Tom Brady are among those affected. Slowly, the full extent of the FTX crash is becoming visible. Sam Bankman-Fried's crypto exchange had signed big-name investors and promotional deals, including Brady and his ex-wife, the Victoria-Secret model Gisele Bündchen, and NBA legend Stephen Curry. Not just promote faces, but also capital providers such as BlackRock and Kraken are among the losers of the FTX crisis.
PayTech company Cardstream (PR42 profile) has partnered with cryptocurrency company Qi to make it simpler for merchants worldwide to accept digital currencies. Cardstream processes card payments globally and also offers emerging and local payment methods for some regions and consumers.