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Stephen Palley: The Regulatory Landscape for Cryptocurrencies and the SEC's Case Against Kik

Published on June 25th, 2019 by epicenterbitcoin

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The complex and evolving regulatory landscape for cryptocurrencies has been a topic for many years. After a long period of waiting, the SEC started pursuing fraud causes in the last 1-2 years. But the recent lawsuit against Kik is the first time that the SEC goes after a large, non-fraud case.

We were joined by lawyer Stephen Palley to discuss the Kik case, the US regulatory landscape and recent announcement of the Libra cryptocurrency promoted by Facebook.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • The SEC lawsuit against Kik
  • The potential path of the process and how it could resolve in the end
  • Why the Kik case is unlikely to provide any regulatory clarity in the next few years
  • What a settlement in the Kik case could look like
  • Whether the Howey test is still a sensible way to regulate securities
  • How US regulators will deal with decentralized exchanges
  • Stephen's thoughts on Libra

Links mentioned in this episode:


  • Vaultoro: Trade gold to Bitcoin instantly and securely starting at just 1mg
  • Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks

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This episode is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: epicenter.tv/293

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