- Ripple’s Chief Legal Officer Stuart Alderoty criticized the SEC for acting like a “petulant child” by filing a lawsuit against Kraken at the same time as the DOJ’s announcement about Binance, accusing the SEC of juvenile behavior.
- The SEC sued Kraken for offering trading services for unregistered securities like Solana, Cardano, and Polygon. This excludes XRP, which the SEC has sued Ripple over.
- The recent actions by the SEC against Kraken and the DOJ against Binance show increased regulatory scrutiny in crypto, but also differing approaches between the agencies.
The latest saga involving Binance has undoubtedly been the most discussed topic in the cryptocurrency space in the past several hours. Recall that the world’s biggest digital asset exchange was hit with a whopping $1.2 billion fine by the US DOJ for allegedly violating certain anti-money laundering procedures while its CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) stepped down from his post.
Ripple’s CLO Responds
The Binance resolution of anti-money laundering etc violations is a necessary step to bring the crypto industry into compliance with these important laws and safeguards, he argued.
In addition, he claimed that nowhere does the DOJ suggest that Binance committed securities law violations, making the US SEC glaringly absent from the stage today.
He also reminded that America’s securities regulator filed its lawsuit against Kraken at the exact time when the authorities released their press conference regarding Binance. Ripple’s CLO compared the SEC’s attitude to the one of a petulant child who can’t stand being ignored. He went even further, suggesting the watchdog has shown juvenile behavior.
The SEC Sues Kraken
Speaking of Kraken, it is worth touching upon the latest attack coming from the SEC toward the cryptocurrency sector. The Commission filed a lawsuit against the exchange accusing it of breaching numerous laws and offering trading services with digital currencies labeled as unregistered securities.
Some of those include Solana (SOL), Cardano (ADA), Polygon (MATIC) and many more. Interestingly, the agency this time excluded Ripple’s coin (XRP) from the lengthy list.
Alderoty criticized the SEC for acting like a petulant child by filing a lawsuit against Kraken simultaneously with the Binance announcement, accusing the SEC of juvenile behavior. The recent actions by the SEC and DOJ show increased regulatory scrutiny in the crypto space, but also highlight the differing approaches by the two agencies.