United States Securities and Trade Commissioner Hester Peirce — higher often called “Crypto Mother” — believes the latest motion towards BitMEX could also be a get up name for crypto corporations.
In an interview with “Unchained Podcast” on Oct. 13, Peirce told host Laura Shin that the latest costs laid towards BitMEX by the U.S. Division of Justice (DOJ) and the Commodity Futures Buying and selling Fee (CFTC) has put the worldwide crypto business on discover about U.S. anti-money laundering (AML) and know your buyer (KYC) laws.
“I feel that the message has been coming to the business pretty loud and clear on the AML/KYC entrance, and I’m certain it is going to proceed,” mentioned Pierce.
“It’s undoubtedly sending a message to the crypto world that when there are U.S. customers of a product or a service, there’s going to be enforcement of U.S. legal guidelines.”
On Oct.1, the CFTC filed a civil enforcement action against BitMEX and three of its executives for violating AML laws. As well as, the DOJ filed prison costs towards 4 executives, together with founder Arthur Hayes, for violating the Financial institution Secrecy Act. Hayes and two of his colleagues stay at massive as of this writing, whereas BitMEX’s former chief technical officer, Samuel Reed, is out on bail.
Pierce additionally mentioned the SEC’s obvious resistance to a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). Such a product would supply a regulated means for institutional traders to entry crypto with out the chance of holding the underlying property.
Although the Bermuda Inventory Trade introduced it has approved a Bitcoin ETF in September, that’s exterior the SEC’s jurisdiction. The Winklevoss twins, Wilshire Phoenix, and NYSE dealer Arca have submitted proposals for Bitcoin ETFs with the SEC, and the fee has persistently rejected all of them over fears of market manipulation.
Nevertheless, Crypto Mother believes an ETF ought to be “judged by itself deserves” by the regulatory physique. Bitcoin ETFs, she mentioned, maintain plenty of curiosity amongst traders and may very well be a straightforward means for folks to get publicity to the cryptocurrency.
She criticized the fee’s resistance to a Bitcoin ETF as unfair to traders:
“Up to now I feel [the SEC has] taken an method that may be a advantage regulation method and is saying ‘we do not assume that traders could make clever choices for themselves so we’re simply going to chop this product off from them altogether.’ It simply would not make any sense to me.”
Peirce began her second time period on the SEC in August and can stay on the fee till 2025.
— to cointelegraph.com