HSBC Buys Silicon Valley Bank in Last Minute Deal; Signature Bank Latest to Close as Crypto Crumbles

In today's ExchangeWire news digest: a last minute government deal by the UK government will see HSBC acquire Silicon Valley Bank; Signature Bank becomes the latest crypto-friendly institution to shut down; and Meta is reportedly working on a standalone app to rival Twitter.

HSBC to buy SVB for £1 following government deal

The UK government has arranged for Silicon Valley Bank’s (SVB) UK operations to be bought out by HSBC. SVB was closed and its assets seized by US authorities on Friday (10th March), prompting fears over the company’s multi-billion dollar shortfall. The takeover, which cost HSBC just £1, is set to save thousands of British tech firms from major financial losses.

Signature Bank to shut down

New York state regulators have shut down Signature Bank, the US Treasury Department has confirmed. The lender was considered to be one of the US’ most crypto-friendly banks, alongside Silvergate Capital Corp and Silicon Valley Bank, which have also crumbled in recent weeks.

Meta working on app to rival Twitter

Facebook-parent Meta is reportedly working on a standalone app, dubbed "P92", to rival Twitter. A spokesperson for the company stated, "We're exploring a standalone decentralised social network for sharing text updates.” Creating such a platform would allow Meta to exploit the current state of Twitter, where cost-cutting measures and redundancies have put the company in disarray.

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