미국시간 8일, 글로벌 결제회사 페이팔 (Paypal)은 암호화폐/디지털자산의 커스터디 기업인 ‘커브(Curv)’사를 인수하기 위한 교섭이 최종적으로 합의에 도달했다고 발표했다.
이번 ‘커브(Curv)’의 인수는 페이팔(Paypal)이 암호화폐/디지털 자산 관련사업을 가속, 확대하기 위한 것으로 설명, 최종적으로 올해 6월까지 인수 작업을 마무리 할 것이라 말했다.
일부 보도에 의하면 페이팔이 ‘커브’를 인수하기 위한 교섭은 이번 달부터 라고 하며, 급속히 진전된 교섭의 결과로 인수액은 2억달러에서 최대 5억달러 (약 5,700억원)에 이를 것이라 한다.
‘커브(Curv)’는 이스라엘을 거점으로 디지털 자산의 보안 관련 인프라를 제공하는 기업이다. 이미 페이팔(Paypal)은 지난 해부터 암호화폐의 판매서비스의 제공과 결제의 도입을 발표한 바 있고, 해당 부서를 이미 발족한 것으로 알려져 있어, ‘커브(Curv)’는 이와 관련한 보안시스템과 암호화폐 관리의 월렛 시스템의 개발 업무를 맡을 것으로 보이며, 페이팔(Paypal)의 암호화폐 관련 사업에 탄력이 붙을 것으로 예상된다.
페이팔의 임원 Jose Fernandez da Ponte는 이번 인수가 “모든 사람이 이용 가능한 금융시스템을 만들기 위한 우리의 비젼을 실현하기 위한 Paypal의 투자활동의 일환”이며 “우리는 Curv의 기술과 기업가 정신, 기술에 대한 사고에 감명을 받았다”고 말했다.
Curv의 CEO인 Itay Malinger를 비롯한 주요 임원은 이스라엘 출신으로 CEO Itay는 15년 이상 사이버 보안의 업무를 해왔으며 최근 아카마이(Akamai)의 보안 제품 이사로 재직한 바 있다.
—이하 Curv사의 Paypal 인수에 관한 입장문 전문—
PayPal to Acquire CurvMar 8, 2021
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) today announced that it has agreed to acquire Curv to accelerate and expand its initiatives to support cryptocurrencies and digital assets. Curv is a leading provider of cloud-based infrastructure for digital asset security based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
In October 2020, PayPal announced its commitment to help shape the role that digital currencies will play in the future of financial services and commerce. To drive sustained growth and innovation in this area, the company recently created a business unit focused on blockchain, crypto and digital currencies. Curv will join the newly formed group, with its strong team of technologists adding technical expertise to PayPal.
“The acquisition of Curv is part of our effort to invest in the talent and technology to realize our vision for a more inclusive financial system,” said Jose Fernandez da Ponte, vice president and general manager, blockchain, crypto and digital currencies, PayPal. “During our conversations with Curv’s team, we’ve been impressed by their technical talent, entrepreneurial spirit, and the thinking behind the technology they’ve built in the last few years. We’re excited to welcome the Curv team to PayPal.”
Curv was founded in 2018 by CEO Itay Malinger and CTO Dan Yadlin.
“As a pioneer in security infrastructure for digital assets, Curv is proud to be recognized as an innovator and trusted partner to leading financial institutions around the world,” said Malinger. “Now, as the adoption of digital assets accelerates, we feel there’s no better home than PayPal to continue our journey of innovation. We’re excited to join PayPal in expanding the role these assets play in the global economy.”
PayPal expects to complete the acquisition in the first half of 2021. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
PayPal has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution for more than 20 years. By leveraging technology to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, the PayPal platform is empowering more than 375 million consumers and merchants in more than 200 markets to join and thrive in the global economy. For more information, visit paypal.com.
Curv is a global trusted provider of digital asset security technology that is delivered as a fully scalable, enterprise-grade and compliant cloud service. Curv’s multi-party computation (MPC) technology simultaneously provides institutions the protection, instant availability and total autonomy over digital assets required to thrive in the digital economy. For more information, visit curv.co.
This announcement contains “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements and information relate to future events and future performance and reflect PayPal’s expectations regarding the impact of this transaction on PayPal’s and Curv’s business and the timing of the closing of the acquisition. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “seek”, “believe”, “plan”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, expect”, “project, “forecast”, or “intend”, and statements that an event or result “may”, “will”, “should”, “could”, or “might” occur or be achieved and any other similar expressions.
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