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SEC issues new legal threat to Robinhood amid ongoing crypto crackdown


SEC Warns Robinhood of Potential Enforcement Action Over Crypto Business

The popular trading platform Robinhood (HOOD) is facing potential enforcement action from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to its US crypto business. The SEC issued a Wells notice to Robinhood on May 4, indicating that the agency’s staff has made a preliminary determination to recommend action against the platform for violations of registrations as a securities broker and transfer agent.

As a result of this news, Robinhood’s stock dropped roughly 1% by Monday’s close. The company disclosed that a potential SEC action could lead to a civil complaint, a public court proceeding, fines, a cease-and-desist order, and other limitations on its crypto activities.

In response to the SEC’s warning, Robinhood’s chief legal, compliance, and corporate affairs officer, Dan Gallagher, expressed disappointment in a blog post. He mentioned the platform’s efforts to work with the SEC for regulatory clarity, including attempts to register, and emphasized that the agency’s decision to issue a Wells notice was unexpected.

The SEC has been cracking down on firms that allow US customers to trade cryptocurrencies, with Coinbase (COIN) and Binance being among the targets of regulatory scrutiny. Coinbase and its CEO, Brian Armstrong, are currently fighting allegations from the SEC that the exchange operated an unregistered exchange by selling certain crypto tokens considered investment securities.

Robinhood’s chief legal officer made a similar argument to Coinbase, stating that the assets listed on their platform are not securities. The company believes that any case against Robinhood Crypto would be weak based on both facts and the law.

Despite the legal threat, Mizuho analyst Dan Dolev believes that concerns regarding the SEC notice are likely overblown. He noted that Robinhood earns a smaller portion of its revenue from crypto trading compared to more crypto-focused firms, which could mitigate the impact of any potential enforcement action.

Robinhood is set to report its first-quarter earnings on Wednesday after the market closes. The outcome of this SEC investigation could have significant implications for the platform’s future in the crypto space.

For the latest updates on this developing story and more news related to cryptocurrencies, stay tuned to Yahoo Finance.


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