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Cryptocurrency platform CoinEx sued by New York for offering ‘security’ tokens

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Cryptocurrency platform CoinEx sued by New York for offering “security” tokens

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  • The New York State Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit against CoinEx on 22 February, claiming that it is an unregistered broker.
  • CoinEx did not register with the SEC, the CFTC, or New York regulators before offering services in New York.

The New York State Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit against CoinEx yesterday (22 February), claiming that it is an unregistered securities broker and commodity broker-dealer under state law.

According to the complaint, CoinEx did not register as an exchange with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as a commodities broker-dealer with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), or with New York regulators before offering services in the state.

But the company kept stating on its website that it was an exchange and provided services similar to those provided by national securities exchanges or other similar platforms.

Citing New York’s Martin Act and General Business Law, the petition alleges that the exchange listed several tokens and services that qualify as securities and/or commodities under state law.

Tokens offered both commodities and securities

All of the tokens can be defined as commodities as per the Martin Act which includes any foreign currency as well as any other good, article, or material.

CoinEx sells and offers to sell commodities in New York through accounts, agreements, or contracts to accounts, mainly for investment purposes.

Under the Martin Act, the tokens are also securities because they represent monetary investments in common enterprises that will generate profits mainly through the efforts of others.

The filing also claims that under state law, Flexa’s AMP, LBRY’s LBC, Terraform Labs’ LUNA, and Rally’s RLY tokens are both securities and commodities.

In an affidavit, New York Senior Detective Brian Metz stated that he was able to buy and sell these tokens using Ethereum (ETH) tokens in October last year over the CoinEx website.

According to the filing, CoinEx also refused to comply with a subpoena. The office of the NYAG wants the exchange to geofence New York by blocking local IP addresses, stop doing business in New York, make full monetary restitution and disgorgement from its New York operations, and pay NYAG fees.


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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