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SEC Notifies Robinhood Markets of Alleged Securities Violations at Crypto Division

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Robinhood Markets Receives SEC Notice for Alleged Securities Violations at Crypto Division

Robinhood Markets Inc. is facing potential enforcement action from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over alleged securities violations at its crypto division. The company disclosed in a regulatory filing that it has received investigative subpoenas from the SEC related to cryptocurrency listings, custody of cryptocurrencies, and platform operations.

Last week, Robinhood Crypto received a Wells notice from SEC staff, indicating that a preliminary determination has been made to recommend an enforcement action against the division for the alleged violations. The potential action could involve civil injunctive measures, administrative proceedings, or cease-and-desist orders, with remedies including injunctions, disgorgement, penalties, and limitations on activities.

In response to the SEC’s actions, Dan Gallagher, chief legal, compliance, and corporate affairs officer at Robinhood Markets, expressed disappointment and emphasized the company’s belief that the assets listed on its platform are not securities. He stated that Robinhood is committed to engaging with the SEC to address any concerns and clarify the legal basis for its operations.

Despite the regulatory scrutiny, Robinhood assured customers that the SEC’s actions will not impact their accounts or the services provided by the company. Robinhood has taken steps to comply with regulatory requirements, including refraining from listing certain tokens and offering products that the SEC has previously deemed as securities.

The company’s quarterly results are scheduled to be reported on Wednesday after the market closes. In response to the news, shares of Robinhood rose by 1% in morning trading. The outcome of the SEC’s investigation and any potential enforcement actions could have significant implications for Robinhood’s crypto business and the broader cryptocurrency industry.

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