Coinbase to Issue New Statement

As reported, company says it was wrong about SEC approval of acquisitions of Keystone Capital Corp., Venovate Marketplace Inc. and Digital Wealth LLC
18 July 2018   1639

Vice President of Communications of Coinbase Rachel Horwitz denied the information that the company received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States for a deal to buy brokerage companies. This is reported by Bloomberg.

It is not correct to say that the SEC and FINRA approved Coinbase’s purchase of Keystone because SEC was not involved in the approval process. The SEC’s approval is not required for the change of control application. Coinbase has discussed aspects of its proposed operations, including the acquisition of the Keystone Entity, on an informal basis with several members of SEC staff.
 

Rachel Horwitz

Vice President of Communications, Coinbase

On Monday, a spokesman for Coinbase said that the company received permission from the SEC and the Agency for Regulation of Financial Institutions (FINRA) to purchase Keystone Capital Corp., Venovate Marketplace Inc. and Digital Wealth LLC.

However, despite the refutation from Rachel Horwitz, Coinbase still intends to obtain a license to carry out brokerage activities.

Coinbase to Help Determine Whether Coin is Security

The system, which is developed together with Kraken, Circle and Bittrex, will help exchanges to determinate whether a coin is a security under US law
01 October 2019   134

Bitcoin exchange operators, including Coinbase, Kraken, Circle and Bittrex, have developed a system to evaluate which cryptocurrencies are classified as securities under US law.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the system will help exchanges decide which digital assets to list and which ones to not deal with so as not to violate the requirements of securities laws.

A specially created Cryptocurrency Rating Council evaluates digital assets based on the rules and recommendations of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Cryptocurrency project developers do not participate in asset valuation, but may provide additional information.

The rating structure assigns from 1 to 5 points to the asset in question. The highest value indicates that cryptocurrency has the maximum number of signs of a security.

The Council published the results of an assessment of 20 cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin, Litecoin (LTC), Monero (XMR) and DAI each received 1 point, which indicates the minimum probability of classifying them as securities. The same applies to Ethereum (ETH) - only 2 points.

Ripple's XRP was at risk with 4 points. Closer to this value, the ratings of tokens EOS, FOAM, Stellar (XLM), Tezos (XTZ), Augur (REP), Hedera Hashgraph (HBAR) and LOOM from Loom Network - 3.75 points.

The system itself selects digital assets for valuation, but may consider the application.

In addition to exchange operators, the founders of the Cryptocurrency Rating Council were custodial and trading companies of the industry, including Anchorage, a division of Cumberland holding DRW, Genesis Global Trading and Grayscale Investments.