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SEC Chair Gensler Criticizes Crypto Firms for Dodging Registration, Calls for Enhanced Transparency

SEC Chair Gary Gensler recently highlighted the evasion of registration requirements by certain entities within the cryptocurrency industry.

In remarks prepared for a Columbia Law School event on March 22, Gensler emphasized the importance of transparency and regulatory compliance, invoking the words of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis: “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”

Gensler criticized the reluctance of some crypto market participants to adhere to the SEC’s disclosure regulations, pointing out that such avoidance leads to a lack of mandatory disclosure.

“There still are those who would like to whittle away at the SEC’s disclosure regime,” he remarked. Highlighting the opacity within the crypto sector, Gensler added, “There are participants in crypto securities markets that seek to avoid these registration requirements.

No registration means no mandatory disclosure. Many would agree that the crypto markets could use a little disinfectant.”

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This stern critique comes amid the SEC’s active enforcement actions against prominent cryptocurrency companies, including Kraken, Binance, Ripple, and Coinbase.

The ongoing legal battles and the demand from crypto businesses and advocacy groups for clearer regulations underscore the tension between innovation and regulatory compliance in the United States.

Moreover, the SEC’s efforts to bring cryptocurrencies under its regulatory scope have intensified, with moves to potentially classify Ether as a security.

The past two years have seen the SEC making significant strides in approving cryptocurrency-related exchange-traded products (ETPs) for U.S. exchanges.

These advancements include investment vehicles based on ETH and Bitcoin futures, as well as the launch of the first spot BTC exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in January.

Gensler’s comments reflect a broader regulatory initiative to ensure transparency and investor protection in the rapidly evolving crypto industry, amidst calls for a balanced approach that fosters innovation while ensuring market integrity.

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