The complex and evolving regulatory landscape for cryptocurrencies has been a topic for many years. After a long period of waiting, the SEC started pursuing fraud causes in the last 1-2 years. But the recent lawsuit against Kik is the first time that the SEC goes after a large, non-fraud case.

We were joined by lawyer Stephen Palley to discuss the Kik case, the US regulatory landscape and recent announcement of the Libra cryptocurrency promoted by Facebook.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • The SEC lawsuit against Kik
  • The potential path of the process and how it could resolve in the end
  • Why the Kik case is unlikely to provide any regulatory clarity in the next few years
  • What a settlement in the Kik case could look like
  • Whether the Howey test is still a sensible way to regulate securities
  • How US regulators will deal with decentralized exchanges
  • Stephen’s thoughts on Libra

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