The news: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed lawsuits against Coinbase and Binance, signaling its increasingly aggressive stance in regulating the crypto industry.
Crypto clampdown intensifies: In the absence of a regulatory framework in the US, the SEC looks intent on policing the space through enforcement as part of a wider crackdown on noncompliance.
The watchdog is making a statement by going after two of the most established crypto firms in the space of two days. Coinbase is generally viewed as one of the more respected digital asset businesses, while Binance is the world’s biggest crypto exchange. The SEC is proving that it’s prepared to legally challenge companies it believes aren’t keeping to rules, regardless of their size.
The pushback: Crypto industry insiders have been quick to call out the SEC for what they say is a heavy-handed approach as well as for the regulatory gaps in the US.
Blockchain Association CEO Kristin Smith said: “The SEC doesn’t make the law—it only makes accusations—and we’re confident the courts will prove Chair Gensler wrong … there is no regulatory clarity for digital assets as evidenced by two House committee chairs circulating a comprehensive regulatory proposal just last week.”
What it means:
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