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VC firm Paradigm criticizes SEC’s ‘brute force’ regulation policy, details inside

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Web3 VC firm Paradigm has criticized SEC Chair Gary Gensler’s crypto regulation as bad policy in a policy paper. The firm argued that crypto asset markets differ from securities markets and a new framework is needed to regulate the crypto space.

VC firm Paradigm criticizes SEC's 'brute force' regulation policy, details inside

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  • Paradigm, a Web3 VC firm, criticized SEC Chair Gary Gensler’s “brute force” crypto regulation as bad policy.
  • The firm claimed that SEC failed to give crypto users and investors necessary information required for registration process.

Paradigm, a Web3 venture capital firm, published a policy statement on 20 April on the issues surrounding the SEC’s registration.

It asserted that SEC Chair Gary Gensler’s attempt to “brute force” crypto assets that may not even constitute ‘securities’ into an ill-fitting disclosure framework is bad policy.

The firm claimed that the SEC failed to give crypto asset users and investors the necessary information required for the registration process. It also questioned the SEC’s claims that the regulatory body provides a feasible path to compliance for crypto entrepreneurs.

According to Paradigm, the present disclosure policy was created in the 1930s, long before the internet existed. It contends that current laws are “tailor-made for centralized companies issuing securities” and that cryptocurrency markets are fundamentally different. 

The paper said:

“Crypto asset markets differ in meaningful ways from securities markets. As a result, crypto requires a different regulatory framework with disclosures tailored to the unique nature of crypto assets and market regulation that reflects the “stack” on which crypto assets trade.”

The firm highlighted that securities provide the holder with legal rights against a centralized establishment. Most cryptocurrencies, on the other hand, do not provide “legal rights” but rather “technological abilities in a protocol.”

Furthermore, crypto assets can function independently from their issuer. Paradigm argued that crypto assets can be traded peer-to-peer and on a fundamentally new technology stack. This is in contrast to traditional securities and equities, which are traded in an “archaic system” full of intermediaries.

SEC needs to update its policies

The firm opined that the SEC needs to take stock of new financial technologies. Additionally, it needs to update its existing policies so as to incorporate these emerging entities. 

Pro-crypto Congressman Warren Davidson also expressed his displeasure with the agency and its top bosses. Earlier this week, Warren proposed legislation to replace SEC Chairman Gary Gensler with an executive director who reports to the board.

In an 18 April hearing on SEC oversight, Gensler was grilled by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Patrick McHenry.

“Clearly, an asset cannot be both a commodity and a security,” McHenry argued as Gensler declined to clarify how Ethereum [ETH] should be classified.


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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