Ripple to Write Open Letter to US Congress

Ripple's execs asked congress to support the development of the technology
29 July 2019   1009

Brad Garlinghouse, head of California-based Fintech startup Ripple, and co-founder Chris Larsen, wrote an open letter to the US Congress on the eve of relevant hearings at the Senate Banking Committee. They asked lawmakers to decide on regulation, but at the same time not painting them with a broad brush.

So, Garlinghouse and Larsen are convinced that cryptocurrencies will complement fiat currencies, and not put their existence at risk, and the United States, in their opinion, should lead the development of the industry.

According to them, without proper regulation, there are risks for innovation, tax revenues and jobs in the blockchain industry.

We urge you to support regulation that does not disadvantage U.S. companies using these technologies to innovate responsibly, and classifies digital currencies in a way that recognizes their fundamental differences—not painting them with a broad brush.
 

Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple &
Chris Larsen, Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Ripple

Earlier, Garlinghouse agreed with US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin that cryptocurrency could not replace Fiat.

Probably, the head of Ripple fears that lawmakers will not understand the differences between cryptocurrency and Libra digital currency, and will introduce the same regulation for them.

Despite the fact that Ripple was able to significantly increase its customer base after the Facebook initiative was announced, Garlinghaus had already expressed fears that excessive attention to Libra could harm the industry as a whole.

On Tuesday, July 30, the US Senate will hold hearings on the regulation of cryptocurrency, during which the CEO of Circle company Jeremy Allair, a member of the Congressional research service Rebecca Nelson and a law professor at the University of California Mehra Baradaran will speak.

US Crypto Companies to Support TON in Case With SEC

The Blockchain Association said Telegram taken sufficient measures to ensure that the Gram token offer met SEC requirements
23 January 2020   437

The Blockchain Association, which combines companies such as Coinbase, Circle, 0x and Ripple, issued an expert opinion as part of the ongoing proceedings of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with Telegram.

Previously, the Digital Commerce Chamber launched a similar initiative. The blockchain association, however, was more straightforward and stated that Telegram had taken sufficient measures to ensure that the Gram token offer met SEC requirements. According to members of the organization, the actions of the SEC can damage not only Telegram, but the market as a whole.

The Court should not block a long-planned, highly anticipated product launch by interfering with a contract between sophisticated private parties. Doing so would needlessly harm the investors that securities laws were designed to protect.

 

The Blockchain Association

The Blockchain Association notes that for many years it has not been possible for SEC to obtain clear and unambiguous guidance for conducting activities in the cryptocurrency space, while the claims of the regulator make the current situation even more ambiguous. 

The SEC’s lawsuit also raises novel questions regarding whether companies are forbidden from raising funds from sophisticated U.S. investors, under well-established regulatory provisions, to build blockchain networks.

 

The Blockchain Association

They cite examples of startups TurnKey Jet and Pocketful of Quarters, in respect of which the regulator recommended not to apply legal measures, adding that such litigations inevitably involve high costs and do not guarantee industry participants that they will not be prosecuted in the future.

Telegram discussed its plans with SEC staff for a year and a half, provided copious information and responded to limited feedback by adjusting the design of its transaction. Yet, at the end, the SEC has sued, and the SEC’s briefs thus far say nothing about the substance of those discussions. 

 

The Blockchain Association

In conclusion, the group asks the court to “reject the SEC’s arguments that the not-yet-in-existence Grams were securities at the time of the Purchase Agreements.”