The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) serves as a cornerstone of United States financial regulation, ensuring fair markets and protecting against fraud. The emergence of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) challenged established norms. Despite initially not interfering in the crypto space, the SEC intervened during the 2017 to 2018 initial coin offering frenzy, asserting securities laws on tokens like The DAO (DAO).
Key legal battles followed, including halting the Telegram Open Network and suing Ripple for unregistered XRP (XRP) sales. In a significant move, the SEC sued Binance in June 2023, alleging unregistered securities sales, implicating prominent tokens such as Solana’s (SOL), Cardano’s (ADA), Polygon’s (MATIC), Filecoin (FIL), Cosmos (ATOM), The Sandbox (SAND), Decentraland (MANA), Algorand (ALGO), Axie Infinity’s (AXS) and Coti (COTI). Coinbase also faced charges related to its staking service.
These actions reverberated globally, as nations often model their regulations after the U.S., highlighting the SEC’s international impact. Through its interventions and legal battles, the SEC shapes the future of crypto regulation, ensuring the integrity of digital markets and influencing global financial landscapes.