According to a Tuesday announcement, the New York Department of Financial Services has granted Japanese firm GMO-Z.com a charter to handle U.S.-dollar and yen-backed stablecoins in New York.
According to Cointelegraph, the NYDFS is the most important state financial regulator in the United States — it is also one of the most aggressive. A pass to operate in New York often opens up the rest of the country.
GMO’s charter is as a limited liability trust company rather than a full bank, the principle difference being in authorization to handle deposits. While a stablecoin operator normally needs the ability to hold reserves of the pegged asset, GMO’s charter limits its rights to hold other kinds of deposits not central to its ability “to issue, administer, and redeem” its stablecoins.
GMO president and CEO Ken Nakamura stated:
“We’re breaking ground with our move to issue the first regulated JPY-pegged stablecoin, which many see as a safe haven asset.”
Recently, the NYDFS made changes to its famous BitLicense, including a conditional format that buddies up newly licensed companies with existing licensees. The first conditional BitLicense went to PayPal, facilitating the launch of its new crypto services earlier this fall with the help of longstanding licensee Paxos.