Stock Tokens, Even on Decentralized Platforms, Must Adhere to Securities Laws: SEC Chair


The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is renewing its efforts to impose “long overdue” rules for the registration and regulation of security-based swap execution facilities, including tokenized stocks, said Chair Gary Gensler on Wednesday.

In his prepared speech, Gensler said he wanted the SEC to coordinate such derivatives rules with those already in place at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which has the bulk responsibility for overseeing derivatives.

When it comes to the cryptocurrency industry, Gary Gensler emphasized that any crypto token priced off the value of securities, be it a stock token, a stablecoin backed by securities, or any other product providing synthetic exposure to securities; must adhere to securities laws, even if offered on a decentralized platform.

“These platforms — whether in the decentralized or centralized finance space — are implicated by the securities laws and must work within our securities regime,” he said in a speech at the American Bar Association Derivatives and Futures Law Committee Virtual Mid-Year Program.

While the SEC has brought some cases involving retail offerings of security-based swaps, “there may be more,” added Gensler.

Regarding tokenized stocks, the leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance has been asked by authorities in Germany and Hong Kong to stop offering these products.

Last week, the exchange announced that they are “winding down” support for these tokens on Binance.com effective immediately and would no longer be available on its website after October 14.

In other news, the US Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee will be conducting an open session called “Cryptocurrencies: What are they good for?” next week on July 27.

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