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SEC weighing Bitcoin ETF applications, says Gary Gensler

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SEC Chair Gary Gensler said his agency was reviewing multiple Bitcoin ETF applications.

SEC weighing Bitcoin ETF applications, says Gary Gensler

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  • Several applicants have recently submitted amended filings for their spot Bitcoin ETF.
  • Gensler, however, didn’t comment on the Grayscale court case.

Gary Gensler, the Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), said the regulatory body was reviewing multiple Bitcoin [BTC] spot exchange-traded fund (ETF) applications.

The SEC Chair made the confirmation, while speaking to Bloomberg’s Kailey Leinz. He said there is a long-standing review process involving multiple ETF filings.

Gensler added that applicants must ensure that they go through a filing process that is similar to a public offering. He also said that the SEC staff responded and provided feedback to potential issuers.

However, he did not comment on whether the regulatory body would potentially approve one ETF or wait to approve everything in the group if such approval is received.

Gensler, moreover, remained tight-lipped on the Grayscale Investments court case.

In August, the court ruled that the regulator’s decision to reject Grayscale’s spot Bitcoin ETF application was “arbitrary and capricious”. It emerged last week that the regulator had decided not to contest the judgment. The SEC now needs to revisit its decision.

James Seyffart reacted to the interview on X (formerly Twitter), calling most of Gensler’s responses “non-answers.”

Prominent lawyer Scott Johnsson speculated that Gensler’s not commenting on the Grayscale filing underlined the “ongoing fight behind the scenes.” The applicant’s lawyers might be using the recent judgment as leverage.

Since the court deemed the SEC’s order unlawful, there was no need to file again, the lawyers must have argued. On the other hand, the SEC might have been asking Grayscale to submit an amended filing.

Other applicants have recently submitted amended filings for their spot Bitcoin ETF.

Leading asset manager Fidelity recently submitted an amended proposal early this week. Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest and Invesco Galaxy also submitted their amended proposals last week.

The SEC has approved a number of Bitcoin futures ETFs since 2021. However, it is yet to approve any spot Bitcoin ETF.


Saman is a News Editor at AMBCrypto. Her background in History and English expanded on her knack for editing and presenting all sides of a story without bias. With a strong will to learn, Saman is always up for exploring unknown territory, and crypto, with its ever-changing landscape, offers just that.
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