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Does the Merge change how Ethereum is regulated? (No.)

The Ethereum Merge is resurfacing questions about regulatory differences between proof-of-stake and and proof-of-work. As we've said many times, we do not believe that the technological differences between POS and...

A new SEC proposal has a serious change hidden within its complex language.

Today Coin Center filed a comment letter with the Securities and Exchange Commission on its proposed rulemaking regarding the definition of ‘exchange’ and Alternative Trading Systems. Bottom line: The Commission's...

Comments to the Securities Exchange Commission on Amendments Regarding the Definition of ‘Exchange’ and Alternative Trading Systems

A direct download of this comment is available here.  

Two new bills in Congress would clarify agency jurisdiction over cryptocurrency

Three longstanding policy issues facing cryptocurrency technology are being addressed by two new bi-partisian bills introduced in the House today: (1) the patchwork of state-by-state licensing of exchanges, (2) the...

On SEC vs. Telegram

A Judge has granted the SEC an injunction against the public distribution of Grams, tokens intended to be used on Telegram’s long-promised blockchain network. As we wrote in Coin Center’s...

SEC Commissioner proposes safe harbor for projects that raise funds to build decentralized networks

In a speech in Chicago today, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce unveiled a proposal to create a regulatory safe harbor for projects that raise funds in order to build decentralized, unowned...

A bill focused on stablecoins has been introduced in Congress

The bill, titled the “Managed Stablecoins are Securities Act of 2019” (H.R. 5197), was introduced last week. It defines the term “managed stablecoins” and makes clear that products meeting the...

On SEC v. Kik

When Kik made public its Wells notice response in January, many folks asked us what we thought and whether we would be commenting on the matter. What we told anyone...

Coin Center analysis of SEC cryptocurrency guidance

The Securities and Exchange Commission today released much-anticipated staff guidance “analyzing whether a digital asset is offered and sold as an investment contract, and, therefore, is a security.” What’s new...

SEC Chairman Clayton just confirmed Commission staff analysis that found Ethereum (and cryptos like it) are not securities.

We’re often asked whether that policy, articulated mid-last year by Director of the Division of Corporation Finance William Hinman, truly represents the policy of the Commission or whether it’s just the...

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