The Regulatory Concerns Of Crypto Exchange Registration

By Jennifer Connors, Josias Dewey, Rebecca Leon and David Sofge (May 3, 2018, 2:40 PM EDT) -- Coinbase, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges, recently approached the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about possible licensing as a broker-dealer. If Coinbase decides to register, it will become among the first of the existing cryptocurrency exchanges to be registered with the SEC. This news comes on the heels of a pronouncement by the SEC Division of Trading and Markets, warning that platforms that offer or trade digital assets that are deemed to be securities, including many initial coin offerings, must register as a national securities exchange or otherwise be exempt from such registration.

In consideration of these recent events and...

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