As SEC Lawsuit Looms, Coinbase CEO Describes The Agency’s Behavior As “Sketchy”

As SEC Lawsuit Looms, Coinbase CEO Describes The Agency’s Behavior As “Sketchy”


The regulatory battle with DeFi is heating up. The SEC now seemingly has it’s eyes set on arguably the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States.

The news comes after five U.S. states sent individual notices to DeFi platform BlockFi in recent weeks. This week, reports have surfaced that Coinbase is facing regulatory scrutiny over it’s upcoming, yield-generating Coinbase Lend product.

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong had quite a bit to say about it, describing the SEC behavior as “sketchy”.

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Coinbase Expresses Frustration

Coinbase issued a strongly-worded blog post that broke the word over the agency’s threats, titled “The SEC has told us it wants to sue us over Lend. We have no idea why.”

Posted by Coinbase Chief Legal Officer Paul Grewal, the post explains that the government agency issued a Wells notice last week regarding the company’s upcoming Lend product – despite what Coinbase describes as “months of effort by Coinbase to engage productively.” A Wells notice is

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