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First Citizens BancShares, the parent company of First Citizens Bank, has agreed to buy Silicon Valley Bank, Bloomberg reported Monday, citing a statement from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
SVB Financial Group, the parent of Silicon Valley Bank, filed for bankruptcy protection on March 17.
While Silicon Valley Bank didn’t provide fiat on-ramps to exchanges, like Silvergate or Signature bank, a number of key crypto companies like Circle Financial banked there. Circle’s USDC stablecoin fell from its $1 peg for a few days after the company announced that $3.3 billion of its deposits were at Silicon Valley Bank.
In a recent interview on CoinDesk TV’s “First Mover”, Brian Brooks, the former acting head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), said that the U.S. Government is actively trying to choke off crypto’s access to the banking sector.
Meanwhile, some crypto stakeholders have said that this banking crisis will strengthen crypto in the long term.
UPDATE: (Monday March 27, 05:35 UTC) Updates headline and lead paragraph to say deal has been reached.