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Joseph Lubin states that the SEC is against Ethereum revolutionizing the banking industry.


Ethereum Co-Founder Joseph Lubin Accuses SEC of Hindering Innovation and Threatening Financial Landscape

Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin has accused the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of hindering innovation in the cryptocurrency industry, posing a threat to the country’s financial landscape. Speaking at FT Live’s Crypto and Digital Asset summit in London, Lubin revealed that Consensys, the company behind the MetaMask wallet, is suing the SEC after receiving a Wells notice.

Lubin criticized the SEC for reclassifying Ether as a security without proper communication, leading to a series of enforcement actions that create fear and uncertainty in the industry. He believes that the SEC’s actions are aimed at paralyzing companies like Consensys and pushing them offshore.

The CEO of Consensys emphasized the importance of clarity from U.S. courts, especially considering that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission had previously classified Ether as a commodity. Lubin also pointed out the suspicious timing of the SEC’s renewed enforcement actions, coinciding with the deadline for approving Ether spot exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

According to Lubin, the SEC’s concern over the influx of capital into the cryptocurrency ecosystem, particularly after the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs, is driving their actions against Ethereum. He speculated that the potential shift of banking industry assets into decentralized finance constructs could be a cause for alarm for traditional financial institutions.

The outcome of Consensys’s case against the SEC could have far-reaching implications for the cryptocurrency and technology landscape in the U.S. Lubin criticized the SEC’s claims that wallets like MetaMask could be considered broker-dealers, calling it a “preposterous notion.” He warned that requiring every MetaMask user to register their wallet as a broker-dealer would have chilling effects on the industry.

In conclusion, Lubin highlighted the potential impact of the SEC’s actions on the entire technology industry in the U.S., emphasizing the need for clarity and fair regulation in the rapidly evolving cryptocurrency space.


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