SEC Chairman Outlines Regulation of Crypto Assets Relating to Security-Based Swaps

SEC Chairman Outlines Regulation of Crypto Assets Relating to Security-Based Swaps


The chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Gary Gensler, has clarified how cryptocurrencies falling under security-based swaps are regulated. He affirmed that platforms operating in the centralized or decentralized finance space are implicated by the securities laws.

SEC’s Regulatory Approach to Cryptocurrency

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler talked about cryptocurrency regulation Wednesday before the American Bar Association Derivatives and Futures Law Committee Virtual Mid-Year Program.

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After discussing various topics, including security-based swaps, credit default swaps, and registration of their dealers and participants, he proceeded to talk about cryptocurrency.

“I’d briefly like to discuss the intersection of security-based swaps and financial technology, including with respect to crypto assets,” he said. “There are initiatives by a number of platforms to offer crypto tokens or other products that are priced off of the value of securities and operate like derivatives.” The SEC chairman emphasized:

Make no mistake: It doesn’t matter whether it’s a stock token, a stable value token backed

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