In an effort to secure a share of the $130 billion stablecoin market, Société Générale, the third-largest bank in France, is gearing up to introduce its own stablecoin, EUR CoinVertible.
This digital currency, fully supported by the Euro and crafted in adherence to MiCA regulations, is set to be listed on the Bitstamp cryptocurrency exchange today. This move will provide access to the stablecoin for participants in the cryptocurrency market.
Stablecoins, a digital cash variant mirroring the value of sovereign currencies, facilitate seamless cryptocurrency transactions.
Notably, a substantial part of cryptocurrency trading, including transactions involving flagship cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), relies on stablecoins. Moreover, these stablecoins are pegged to the value of the US dollar.
Société Générale’ Strategic Entry into the Cryptocurrency Market with EUR CoinVertible
Société Générale’s foray into the market with EUR CoinVertible is a strategic move to establish a presence in this lucrative space.
CEO Jean-Marc Stenger of Société Générale’s digital assets unit, SocGen Forge, highlighted that the cryptocurrency ecosystem heavily favors a few stablecoins.
Furthermore, the majority of these stablecoins are denominated in US dollars. However, Stenger believes there is ample room for a bank to introduce a Euro-denominated stablecoin, targeting a diverse investor base.
In contrast to major investment banks such as JPMorgan, Société Générale’s stablecoin adopts a distinct approach. It diverges from the practice of limiting stablecoin usage to a select group of institutional clients. It strives to be inclusive and accessible to all for trading purposes.
Envisioning Widespread Adoption and Ensuring Security
Stenger envisions that the EUR CoinVertible will gain widespread adoption in transactions related to digital bonds, funds, and various other assets. However, this vision is expected to materialize as traditional financial institutions progressively explore and adopt blockchain technology.
Stenger underscored the versatility of EUR CoinVertible, highlighting its adaptability for use across different platforms. This design caters to the diverse needs of various players in the financial services sector. Importantly, he assured that holders of EUR CoinVertible would not face any exposure to risks related to Société Générale itself.
However, the Euros supporting the stablecoin are securely held in a trust managed by a third party. This arrangement ensures a robust safeguard for the stablecoin’s value.
Importantly, it also provides direct recourse to the stablecoin’s collateral asset, enhancing transparency and reliability. Stenger emphasized its openness for use on their platform or others, welcoming all who wish to leverage its capabilities.