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Chris Bryant

A SPAC and Crypto Marriage Was Always Doomed

Crypto companies seeking the public markets’ stamp of approval face a rightly skeptical SEC.

Not the best combo.

Not the best combo.


Banker Bob Diamond was forced to pull the ripcord this week on his attempt to take stablecoin issuer Circle Internet Financial public via a special purpose acquisition company.

The ex-Barclays Plc boss’s dealmaking ability probably wasn’t the issue. Nor was the target’s financial performance: Circle earns interest income on the reserves that backstop its stablecoin USDC, and rising interest rates have thus benefited its bottom line.