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Fractionalization Makes NFTs Affordable… and Big Targets for Securities Regulators

Fractionalisation of NFTs is a key development in a maturing market. These assets amount to more than just a craze for artists to sell digital art at sky-high valuations. Non-fungible tokens are also being used in sophisticated ways such as collateral for lending products. Divvying up ownership of NFTs enables more people to hold a …

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A Call to Action: How to Mobilize and Save the Crypto Movement

Yesterday, Connor Spelliscy and Holmes Wilson argued that the cryptocurrency industry is confronting an existential crisis. In Part 2 of this Defiant Essay, Connor and Holmes issue a call to action and lay out a primer for mobilizing the community to rescue the movement from regulation that could significantly impede, or even cripple, the crypto …

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Crypto Endangered: Confronting An Existential Threat

In Part 1 of this Defiant Essay, Connor Spelliscy and Holmes Wilson argue that the cryptocurrency industry is confronting an existential crisis. The cause: unwise and unjustified regulation that could thwart the promise of the crypto movement.  Smart contracts may be unstoppable, but the crypto industry is not.  The U.S. government’s blessing has been crucial …

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Coinbase Braces for SEC Action as Regulatory Crackdown on DeFi Intensifies 

 Less than a week after news broke that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating Uniswap, Coinbase, the publicly traded crypto exchange that’s become a bellwether for the burgeoning industry, said it expected to be sued by the agency in connection with its forthcoming offering, Coinbase Lend. “Last Wednesday, after months of effort by …

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DeFi Giant Uniswap Takes Hit After News of SEC Investigation Breaks

Crypto traders are scrambling as news that Uniswap Labs is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission roiled the DeFi industry Friday.   Uniswap, a powerhouse in the DeFi space with a token sporting a $29B market cap, suffered a sell-off in morning trading, with UNI dropping 2.5%, to $29.08, according to CoinGecko. The …

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What are VASPs and should we be worried about them

What Are VASPs and Should We Be Worried About Them?

You see, if you thought that just because you’re “decentralized” the regulators can’t touch you, well you might have to think again. There’s new guidance and the implications are startling. A big conversation about a big topic with Joseph Weinberg of Shyft Network

Should You Be Worried About FinCEN

Should You Be Worried About FinCEN?

On the 18th December, The U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released a proposed rule that would instill record keeping and reporting requirements for transactions by or to a bank or money service business involving an “unhosted or otherwise covered wallet.” The 15 day comment period to respond to this proposal ended with over 65K …

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