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Crypto lawyers flame Gensler over claims that all crypto are securities

Crypto lawyers flame Gensler over claims that all crypto are securities


Cryptocurrency lawyers have rebuffed comments made by the head of the United States securities regulator, claiming in a recent interview that every cryptocurrency except Bitcoin (BTC) is a security that falls under its jurisdiction.

In a wide-ranging Feb. 23 New York Magazine interview discussing crypto, the chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Gary Gensler, claimed “everything other than Bitcoin” falls under the agency’s remit.

He added other crypto projects “are securities because there’s a group in the middle and the public is anticipating profits based on that group” which he said is not the case with Bitcoin.

Jake Chervinsky, a lawyer and policy lead at Blockchain Association, a crypto advocacy group, however argued in a Feb. 26 tweet that Gensler’s “opinion is not the law” despite his claimed command over the crypto sector.

He added “until and unless” the SEC “proves its case in court” for its jurisdiction over each individual token “one at a time” then it “lacks authority to regulate any of them.”

Lawyer Logan Bolinger also chimed into the issue, tweeting on Feb. 26 “that Gensler’s opinions on what is or isn’t a security are not legally dispositive” — meaning it’s not the final legal determination.

“Judges — not SEC chairs — ultimately determine what the law means and how it applies” Bolinger added.

The policy lead at advocacy body Bitcoin Policy Institute, Jason Brett, said Gensler’s…

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