Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20231121)*

US SEC sues Kraken crypto exchange over failure to register

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is suing Kraken, one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges, for illegally operating an unregistered securities exchange. The SEC listed a number of crypto-assets it deemed to be unregistered securities, which the lawsuit alleges Kraken took a direct role in promoting to the investing public (ADA, AXS, ALGO, ATOM, CHZ, COTI, DASH, FIL, FLOW, ICP, MANA, MATIC, NEAR, OMG, SAND, and SO). In June, the SEC filed similar lawsuits against Binance and Coinbase, both of whom are defending against the regulator’s claims, as will Kraken. Unique to the Kraken lawsuit are claims that it commingled up to $33 billion in customer crypto with its own corporate assets, quoting Kraken’s independent auditor. [Read more at the SEC]

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao to step down, Plead guilty to money laundering

According to the Wall Street Journal, “Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has agreed to step down from his role at Binance as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. He also plans to plead guilty to violating criminal U.S. anti-money-laundering requirements that would potentially allow the exchange to keep operating… Zhao will appear in federal court in Seattle on November 22 to enter his guilty plea… and Binance… will plead guilty and pay $4.3 billion in fines and settlements with authorities.” [Read more at Decrypt]

FYI here are some of my upcoming speaking engagements:

– Currency Research Americas Cash Cycle & Payments Seminar (Orlando Florida on November 27-30)[Register here]

– Digital Euro Conference 2024 (Frankfurt on February 29)[Register here]

*For those interested in intra-day updates, check out my searchable Diigo Fintech developments database, which is also a good place to go to query for past developments:

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