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CoinShares says US not lagging in crypto adoption and regulation

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European cryptocurrency investment firm CoinShares is optimistic about cryptocurrency regulation in the United States as the firm enters the new market.

On Sept. 22, CoinShares officially announced the launch of its new division, CoinShares Hedge Fund Solutions, marking the first time the firm introduce its offerings to qualified U.S. investors.

CoinShares’ entrance into the U.S. market comes at a time when many U.S. crypto firms are looking at expanding their businesses outside the country due to regulatory hurdles at home. One such firm, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, has been actively pushing expansion in Europe and the United Kingdom amid facing a lawsuit from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over an alleged violation of securities laws.

Many crypto industry observers and participants have claimed that the U.S. government’s approach to crypto regulation has been making the country “less attractive” for crypto firms.

But unlike many U.S. crypto regulation critics, CoinShares believes that the U.S. is a global leader in terms of digital asset development, a spokesperson for CoinShares told Cointelegraph, stating:

“Contrary to the belief that the U.S. lags in crypto adoption and regulation, our perspective is shaped by the U.S. regulators’ approach to treating digital assets akin to traditional asset classes. This stance, we believe, will encourage and expedite the fusion of the two industries.”

CoinShares’ representative went on to say that the U.S. is home to 50% of globally managed assets and is a dominant financial market. “Our assertion on its leadership in the digital assets space is influenced by observable integrations between legacy and emerging financial players,” the spokesperson said, citing industry collaborations of BlackRock with Circle and Coinbase.

The expansion of CoinShares in the U.S. comes just a few months after CEO ​​Jean-Marie Mognetti in July 2023 declared that Europe’s approach to crypto has been “even more problematic when compared to the financial might of U.S. institutions.”

“These financial behemoths — such as BlackRock and Fidelity, who each announced recently the filing of a spot Bitcoin ETF — are well-positioned to provide widespread crypto exposure,” Mognetti wrote in an op-ed a few months ago.

Related: SEC delays spot Bitcoin ETF decision for BlackRock, Invesco and Bitwise

But while being specifically bullish about the crypto regulatory climate in the United States, CoinShares continues to be loyal to Europe. “CoinShares remains committed to Europe; our HFS is registered both in the U.S. and the United Kingdom,” the spokesperson for the firm told Cointelegraph, adding:

“Our perspective stems from the observation that in the US, there is a more apparent merging of traditional finance — TradFi — and crypto, which isn’t as pronounced in Europe where the two sectors aren’t as interconnected.”

One of the world’s largest crypto investment firms, CoinShares is a major provider of crypto exchange-traded products or ETPs. The firm debuted its first Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded product (ETP) in 2015. CoinShares is yet to disclose whether it plans to join the spot Bitcoin ETF race in the United States, though.

“We must adhere to strict regulations regarding the disclosure of forward-looking information. Therefore, we cannot provide specific details on CoinShares’ future product launches,” CoinShares representative stated. CoinShares has been registered with the SEC as an exempt reporting adviser, with CoinShares Limited acting as general partner for the private investment funds created by CoinShares Hedge Fund Solutions.

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US Judge Approves Binance’s $4.3 Billion Settlement Deal: Reuters

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A U.S. federal judge has approved Binance’s guilty plea and a hefty $4.3 billion settlement deal for violating anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions laws through its cryptocurrency exchange.

According to a Reuters report, the plea and the settlement were accepted on Friday, February 23.

The Settlement Deal

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) had announced the plea deal and settlement in November, alleging that Binance had violated the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), and failed to register as a money transmitting business.

Additionally, the agency alleged that Binance’s founder and now-former CEO, Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, failed to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program on the platform, violating the BSA.

The guilty plea and settlement comes after a years-long investigation by the DOJ into the leading crypto exchange.

Prosecutors stated that CZ’s failure to maintain an AML program on Binance “allowed money to flow to terrorists, cybercriminals, and child abusers through its platform.”

As part of the settlement deal, which prosecutors described as the largest corporate resolution, Binance agreed to forfeit $2.5 billion and pay a criminal fine of $1.8 billion, bringing the total to $4.3 billion. The exchange also agreed to retain an independent compliance monitor for three years and upgrade its AML program.

On the other hand, CZ pleaded guilty to money laundering violations and was released on a $175 million bail bond. As part of his settlement, he paid a fine of $50 million and gave up his CEO role at the exchange. CZ has remained in the U.S. ever since, as he was not allowed to travel back to his residence, Dubai.

Prosecutors Seek to Modify CZ’s Bond

In the latest court hearing on Friday, federal prosecutors sought to modify CZ’s bail bond. These modifications include the executive giving a three-day notice before any travel plans, surrendering his passports, and maintaining his current residence in the U.S. “unless he gets approval for a change.”

In addition, pretrial services officers asked that CZ be subjected to location monitoring.

CZ’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 30. While the assigned judge would determine his sentencing, prosecutors believe he could spend 18 months behind bars for his crimes.

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Ethereum (ETH) Reclaims $3K Level as Bitcoin (BTC) Eyes $52K (Weekend Watch)

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Bitcoin’s price went on the offensive once again after yesterday’s retracements and came inches away from tapping $52,000.

Most altcoins are also slightly in the green, with ETH surging past $3,000 and SOL maintaining above $100.

BTC to Challenge $52K?

After a few consecutive weeks of price increases, the primary cryptocurrency had a quieter seven-day period this time. The only notable price surge came on Tuesday when the bulls drove the asset to a new multi-year peak of precisely $53,000.

However, a sharp rejection followed that pushed the cryptocurrency south by more than two grand. It tried to recover most of the losses but ultimately fell below $51,000 on a few occasions.

The next couple of days were calmer, but BTC still struggled to post any substantial gains. Just the opposite, the cryptocurrency fell to a multi-day low of $50,600 yesterday.

The landscape has changed since then, though. Bitcoin began another leg-up that resulted in gaining over a grand in hours and jumping to nearly $52,000. As of now, BTC has been unable to conquer that line even though it is more than 1% up on the day.

Its market capitalization has gone above $1 trillion once again, but its dominance over the altcoins is down to 48.6%.

BTCUSD. Source: TradingView
BTCUSD. Source: TradingView

ETH Reclaims $3K

Perhaps driven by the hype around the potential approval of spot Ethereum ETFs, the second-largest digital currency, has been on the rise in the past few weeks. This led to the inevitable challenge of the $3,000 level. The asset jumped above it a few times lately but was always pushed back down. The past 24 hours saw another increase that has driven ETH to just over $3,000, following a 2.5% increase.

Solana has remained above a round-numbered milestone, as it stands at north of $100 now. BNB, XRP, ADA, AVAX, and LINK are also slightly in the green.

UNI has dumped the most on a daily scale (-16%), but it is still up by double digits since Friday after this proposition.

Cryptocurrency Market Overview. Source: Quantify Crypto
Cryptocurrency Market Overview. Source: Quantify Crypto
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ChatGPT Analyzes if the Ripple v. SEC Lawsuit Will be Over in 2024

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  • The lawsuit between Ripple and the SEC is approaching a crucial trial in April 2023, with potential long-term impacts on the cryptocurrency sector and possibilities of extended legal battles through appeals.
  • Ripple has gained key partial legal victories, but the final outcome and its implications are still uncertain.

Could We See the Conclusion This Year?

The lawsuit between Ripple and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission has been among the trendiest topics in the cryptocurrency industry for years. It dates back to December 2020, when the agency accused the company of illegally raising more than $1.3 billion in an unregistered securities offering by selling XRP. 

For its part, Ripple argues that its native token is a currency rather than a security and thus does not fall under the SEC’s jurisdiction.

The case is reaching its last chapter – a grand trial scheduled for April 2023, whose outcome might significantly impact the entire cryptocurrency sector. However, the beginning of the courtroom battle does not necessarily mean that the end of the dispute is around the corner. As such, we decided to ask ChatGPT if a resolution is likely to be observed before the end of the year.

The AI-powered chatbot estimated that a final judgment is expected in the summer of 2024. On the other hand, it is important to note that appeals could delay the outcome potentially until 2026:

“This means that while a decision might be reached this year, the overall legal battle could extend further due to the appeals process.”

In addition, the case has been adjourned “sine die,” which translated from Latin means “without a date.” Another factor hinting that the battle might be nowhere near its end is the SEC’s determination to win at all costs and appeal each unfavorable (for its part) ruling. Earlier this week, the popular X (Twitter) user Mr. Huber presented a flippant scenario in which the Commission drags the lawsuit for an additional decade.

ChatGPT claimed that a resolution is still possible this year, assuming both parties shake hands on a mutual agreement:

“Like many legal disputes, there’s always a possibility of settlement before a final verdict, which could be seen as a victory for Ripple if the terms are favorable.”

Who has the Better Chance?

Ripple seemingly enters the upcoming trial as the top dog, securing three vital (yet partial) court wins last year. The first occurred in July when Judge Analisa Torres ruled that the firm’s programmatic sales to secondary trading platforms did not constitute offers of investment contracts.

The magistrates later dismissed the SEC’s wish to appeal and cleared Ripple’s CEO – Brad Garlinghouse – and Executive Chairman – Chris Larsen – of all charges brought by the watchdog.

The regulator achieved a small victory earlier this year when Judge Sarah Netburn ruled that Ripple should disclose important financial records for 2022 and 2023 (as insisted by the Commission). 

 

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