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Wishpond Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

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Wishpond Technologies Ltd. (TSXV: WISH) (OTCQX: WPNDF) (the “Company” or “Wishpond“), a provider of marketing focused online business solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Pais as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective immediately. Reporting directly to Ali Tajskandar, Chairman and CEO of Wishpond, Mr. Pais will have responsibility for all finance, accounting, financial reporting, audit, tax and capital planning functions. He will assume the Chief Financial Officer role from Juan Leal, who will continue to support the Company in an M&A related advisory role.

Mr. Pais is an experienced, growth-oriented CFO, having worked at several technology companies in Vancouver over the last twenty years, including PHEMI Systems, Fortress Blockchain (TSXV: FORT), Nuri Technologies, Apivio Systems (TSXV: APV), UTStarcom, and Star Solutions.  He was intimately involved in equity and debt financings as well as the execution of numerous corporate finance transactions in each of these companies, including spin-offs, acquisitions, and divestitures and executing a reverse take-over transaction. Mr. Pais has extensive public market experience from his time as CFO of both Fortress Blockchain and Apivio Systems. Most recently, Mr. Pais was the CFO of PHEMI Systems, a venture capital backed company with a big data platform for health data that enables analytics and artificial intelligence.  In addition, Mr. Pais has broad exposure to the technology industry including software and hardware products, telecom infrastructure, VoIP, cybersecurity, and cryptocurrency mining.

Previously, Mr. Pais also worked at Ernst & Young LLP’s corporate finance group, advising clients with merger and acquisition, financing, valuation, and due diligence., and Mr. Pais has experience working at a private equity firm in Los Angeles.  He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and a Master’s Degree in Accountancy from the University of Missouri and has passed the CPA examination in the US.

“We are thrilled to welcome David to Wishpond’s executive team. His deep financial experience in the technology sector will be a valuable asset to the company as we enter Wishpond’s next stage of growth,” said Ali Tajskandar, Chairman and CEO of Wishpond. “I also want to thank Juan Leal, who served as our CFO since January 2020 and was instrumental in our public listing process and in executing the four acquisitions completed to date. I am pleased that Juan is able to continue to assist us with our strategic acquisitions and corporate development activities.”

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Mr. Pais commented, “I am very excited to be joining Wishpond and leading the strong financial team that Juan has built. I was drawn to Wishpond because of the exceptional team and opportunity to be a part of a rapidly growing technology company. I look forward to working with the Wishpond team as it achieves its milestones in the years ahead.”

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PayPal receives New York crypto trust charter

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The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has granted PayPal Digital a limited purpose trust charter, a designation typically held by digital asset custodians and some stablecoin issuers.

Last August, PayPal launched its PYUSD stablecoin, marking the first stablecoin from a BigTech company. Paxos Trust Company, which also holds an NYDFS limited trust charter, currently issues the PYUSD stablecoin. Paxos has been PayPal’s partner for its cryptocurrency services since inception. Consequently, the new trust charter may signal PayPal’s intention to take over the custody of its clients’ crypto-assets and potentially move the issuance of PYUSD in-house.

Despite reaching out to PayPal for clarification on the purpose of the trust charter, no response was received before publication.

The PYUSD stablecoin is still in its early stages, with its recent integration for cross-border payments via PayPal’s Xoom app. The stablecoin’s market capitalization has grown to nearly $400 million, up from $190 million in early April. Notably, wallets associated with the issuer Paxos hold over $125 million, possibly on behalf of PayPal. The top five wallets constitute 71% of the stablecoin balance, with 17 wallets holding $1 million or more, accounting for 97% of the total holdings.

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The largest holders include Paxos, Crypto.com, Curve (DeFi), Defiance Capital, and Frax (DeFi). Among these, Crypto.com holds a balance of $103 million and Bullish holds $23 million.

Additionally, in November, the SEC’s enforcement division issued a subpoena requesting documents related to the issuance of the PYUSD stablecoin.

Source: ledgerinsights.com

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Hong Kong SFC to conduct compliance checks on crypto firms

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The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has announced that it will conduct on-site compliance checks on local virtual asset trading platforms (VATPs) that are still completing their regulatory applications following the June 1 licensing deadline.

In a notice issued on May 28, the SFC emphasized that all local crypto trading platforms must be either licensed or “deemed-to-be-licensed” by the regulatory body before the June 1 deadline. Operating an unlicensed VATP in Hong Kong after this date will be considered a criminal offense, and the SFC will actively pursue non-compliant companies.

In the coming months, the SFC will perform on-site inspections of deemed-to-be-licensed VATP applicants to evaluate their compliance with regulatory requirements. These inspections will focus on how firms safeguard client assets and implement Know Your Customer (KYC) processes.

The SFC urged investors to trade cryptocurrencies only on SFC-licensed platforms to ensure their protection. It also cautioned companies seeking licenses against actively marketing their services or onboarding new retail clients until they are formally licensed. Additionally, firms must prevent mainland Chinese residents from accessing their services, adhering to China’s ban on cryptocurrency trading.

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Earlier this month, it was reported that the number of crypto exchanges seeking operational licenses in Hong Kong had been decreasing. Eleven crypto companies and exchanges, including well-known platforms like OKX and Huobi’s local arm, withdrew their applications ahead of the deadline. Currently, only 18 applications remain pending approval.

In response to the upcoming licensing requirements, some crypto firms have proactively taken steps to ensure compliance. For example, Gate.HK, a crypto exchange, halted all activities related to acquiring new users and marketing, prevented existing users from making deposits, and began delisting tokens on May 23. The exchange plans to relaunch its services after restructuring its platform to comply with Hong Kong’s regulatory requirements.

According to the SFC, only two companies, OSL Digital Securities Limited and Hash Blockchain Limited, have been granted licenses to operate in Hong Kong so far.

Source: tradingview.com

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Argentina crypto group plans to set up a blockchain valley in Buenos Aires

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The crypto community in Argentina is planning to establish a “blockchain valley” in Buenos Aires as part of the Crecimiento movement, which has a following of 500 individuals.

This group includes prominent figures in the country’s crypto ecosystem, such as Diego Guitérrez, co-founder of Bitcoin Layer 2 Rootstock; Marcelo Cavazzoli, CEO and co-founder of Lemon Cash, a leading crypto purchasing app in Latin America; and Elian Alvarez, a general partner at Ripio Ventures.

Significantly, Crecimiento’s core team has the support of advisors to Argentina’s new libertarian president, Javier Milei.

Crecimiento aims to create a hub for crypto and technology-oriented business founders in the capital, offering a comprehensive three-dimensional plan. This includes bringing 5 to 10 million people on-chain by offering exclusive items, boosting the number of tech-related startups, and providing necessary support.

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The group’s mission is to work with Argentina’s newly crypto-friendly government to bolster the cryptocurrency sector through initiatives like tax rebates, industry investment, and simplified regulations.

During his campaign, President Milei highlighted the benefits of Bitcoin, associating it with a sense of freedom, though no formal statements have been made on the subject. Nonetheless, the group has been actively collaborating with officials to establish their crypto center in Buenos Aires.

Maria Milagros Santamaria, a Web3 lawyer, noted that regulators are showing a high level of positivity toward their proposals and are requesting specific plans regarding the crypto sector to move forward. She mentioned that there are only a few individuals opposed to the initiative, and fortunately, their numbers are minimal.

Source: cryptonewsz.com

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