Crypto enforcers wielded a heavy hand this year, but don’t expect it to get softer in 2024

This was quite the year for the crypto industry. From funding shortfalls to the SBF saga playing out in public, the industry and its proponents had a wild year.

Binance and CEO ‘CZ’ plead guilty to federal charges, agreed to pay $4.3B in fines

It’s been an eventful week for crypto exchanges and the U.S. government. Changpeng Zhao, also known as “CZ,” the founder and CEO of Binance, is stepping down and has pleaded guilty to a number o

The SEC’s broadening of investment adviser obligations comes with hidden costs

Investment advisers who seek to innovate will need to tread carefully in this space to avoid missteps, which could have significant consequences for their viability.

SEC to compel Elon Musk’s testimony in Twitter stock purchase probe

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will try to force Elon Musk to testify over his Twitter stock purchases. The federal agency charged with regulating securities markets is currently investig

New SEC cybersecurity disclosure rules: What you need to know to stay in compliance

The SEC requires companies to report both material cybersecurity incidents and cybersecurity risk management processes in a standardized way.

Lyft to pay $10M fine to SEC for failure to disclose board member’s role in pre-IPO share sale

Lyft has agreed to pay a $10 million fine over a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charge that the ride-hailing company failed to disclose a board director’s role in the sale of $424 milli

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s ‘Stoner Cats’ NFTs get smoked by the SEC

It’s been a disastrous week for Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, and it’s only Wednesday. The SEC has charged the Hollywood power couple’s NFT-based web series, “Stoner Cats,&#82

The US can’t kill crypto: Real regulations are coming

Predicting the death of crypto is a convenient but inaccurate narrative. The U.S. will get there. It always does.

Watered-down SEC fund disclosure changes still worth paying attention to

While VCs may have dodged a bullet regarding what fund disclosure rules the SEC did pass, they shouldn't overlook them.

As appeals court rules in favor of Grayscale, a bitcoin spot ETF could be on the horizon

The ruling is in response to Grayscale’s lawsuit against the SEC, which denied the firm’s application to convert its Grayscale Bitcoin Trust into an ETF.

SEC settles first NFT enforcement case, fines LA media company $6M

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is suing a non-fungible token project, marking the first time the authority has taken enforcement action against a company for selling unregistered NFTs. Im

Tesla investors might get payout from SEC settlement

Tesla shareholders who claimed to face financial losses after CEO Elon Musk tweeted about taking the company private might be on the verge of receiving compensation from a $42.3 million fund establish

SEC to appeal XRP, PayPal launches stablecoin, and Microsoft partners with Aptos

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important crypto stories delivered to your inbox every Thursday at 12 p.m. PT, subscribe here. This week was a busy

SEC bites back, to appeal federal court ruling in XRP case

In mid-July, a federal court settled a years-long battle between Ripple Labs and the SEC to decide if Ripple’s XRP token was a security or not. Southern District of New York judge Analisa Torres rul

SEC sues Richard Heart and his projects Hex, PulseChain and PulseX for fraud, securities violations

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it is suing Richard Schueler, known online as Richard Heart, and his three crypto projects, Hex, PulseChain and PulseX, for conducting unregister

Ripple’s XRP case ‘underscores the need for regulatory clarity’

A judge ruled that the crypto token does not make up illegal securities sales, but only in some cases.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s a crypto whale

Follow me on Twitter @Jacqmelinek for breaking crypto news, memes and more. Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Earlier this week, I took a look at what some major crypto whales’ wallets were doing, whe

Former SEC chair Jay Clayton feels ‘vast majority’ of crypto tokens are securities

Former SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has reiterated his position that many cryptocurrencies could be defined as securities.

Sequoia does to itself what the Biden administration wants to do with Google

Mary Ann and Alex are back, and once again this week they tapped the TechCrunch roster for expert input. This week the Equity crew were thrilled to welcome Jacquie back to the show! All the cool kid

SEC Chair Gensler lambasts crypto industry after agency charges Binance, Coinbase

The SEC filed separate lawsuits against Binance and Coinbase this week and the agency's Chair Gary Gensler shared his thoughts on the charges.
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