U.S. investment firm Declaration Partners, backed by billionaire David M. Rubenstein, led the funding round with other participants including RIT Capital Partners plc., Ken Moelis, Alua Capital, and Senator Investment Group. Previous Paxos backers like RFE Ventures and Liberty City Ventures also invested in the funding round.
With the close of the $142 million Series C round, Paxos has now raised over $240 million from investors and backers. Commenting on the development, Paxos CEO Charles Cascarilla remarked that the funds will help the company in achieving its ongoing plans in the crypto space, adding:
“Our Series C funding will help us continue building financial market infrastructure of the future and accelerate our growth. We want to double the size of our team, expand our current product solutions and build new products that enterprises need. We’ll do this all while remaining 100% committed to regulation, reliability and security.”
As previously reported, Paxos is working towards securing a trust bank charter. Spokesperson for the company revealed that its plan to become a Federally-chartered bank is part of efforts tailored towards building infrastructure for the largest enterprises and financial institutions in the world.
The banking charter application news followed on the heels of the Paxos partnership with U.S. payments giant PayPal. Paxos provides crypto trading and custody service as part of PayPal’s plans to allow users to utilize cryptocurrencies as a funding means for online payments come 2021.