Coinbase IPO a ‘watershed moment’ for crypto regulation: Caitlin Long

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Caitlin Lengthy, founding father of Wyoming-based digital asset financial institution, Avanti Financial institution & Belief, has predicted Coinbase’s upcoming IPO shall be a “watershed second” for cryptocurrency regulation.

Talking alongside SEC commissioner Hester Peirce throughout BlockFi and Actual Imaginative and prescient’s “Bitcoin within the Actual World” occasion on Feb. 5, Lengthy speculated the IPO of america’ main crypto trade is more likely to “drive” the SEC’s hand to ascertain a precedent for a lot of excellent regulatory points key to the digital asset sector.

Lengthy emphasised the SEC will study Coinbase’s prospectus with a “fine-tooth comb,” stating:

“What the world goes to take a look at when that prospectus goes efficient, is that every little thing that in it’s OK with the SEC.”

Noting the current delistings of Ripple’s XRP token from dozens of exchanges after the SEC alleged it was an unlicensed security offering, Lengthy asserts the IPO will compel the SEC to make agency rulings relating to every other tokens it suspects of being securities which can be at present buying and selling on Coinbase:

“To the extent that there are securities that have not been deemed securities but, however they really are, they usually’re buying and selling on the Coinbase platform […] I feel that the IPO does type of drive the difficulty.” 

Regardless of positing that the crypto neighborhood shall be receiving better readability on key points because of Coinbase’s IPO, Lengthy emphasised that, “It is not going to be essentially as black and white as all of us hope, however we are going to get much more readability.”

Following years of hypothesis throughout the crypto neighborhood, Coinbase revealed plans to go public through the first quarter of this 12 months in December after filing a draft registration with the SEC.

Final week, Coinbase revealed it’s searching for to conduct its public providing by direct listing quite than a typical IPO, permitting the agency’s shareholders to promote their inventory on to the general public with out lock-ups.