Paul Weiss Discusses SEC Focus on Crypto Enforcement

At the Aspen Security Forum on August 2, 2021, SEC Chair Gary Gensler reaffirmed the SEC’s heightened focus on cryptocurrency. Following these comments, the SEC announced two enforcement resolutions that provide further guidance on the SEC’s approach to crypto enforcement. First, on August 6, the SEC announced a $13 million resolution against a lender and its two founders for offering unregistered securities using decentralized finance (DeFi)[1] technology.[2] And second, on August 9, the SEC announced a $10 million settlement with an online digital asset exchange for offering unregistered securities.[3]

The key takeaways are as follows:

  • The SEC

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