Can Uniswap Follow Ripple’s Path to Navigate SEC Hurdles?

Uniswap Labs received a Wells notice from the SEC indicating a potential lawsuit. Can following Ripple’s defensive strategy help them?

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  • Popular crypto exchange Uniswap has received a Wells notice from the SEC, hinting at a potential legal battle.
  • Uniswap’s CEO has expressed concerns about the SEC’s stance on cryptocurrency.
  • Ripple, which is already battling the SEC in a legal battle, has offered a possible roadmap for Uniswap.

The cryptocurrency industry is no stranger to regulatory scrutiny, and the spotlight has now turned to Uniswap Labs, the company behind the popular decentralized exchange (DEX) Uniswap. In a surprising move, Uniswap CEO Hayden Adams announced on X (Formerly Twitter) that he had received a Wells notice from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

A Wells notice typically precedes an enforcement action by the SEC, indicating the commission’s intent to pursue legal action. The specific details of the SEC’s concerns regarding Uniswap remain unclear, but Adams expressed worries in a recent interview with the Bankless podcast that the SEC is “trying to shut down crypto” with its “very aggressive stances.”


This development came shortly after a court victory for Coinbase, a major cryptocurrency exchange that the SEC classified as a broker. Adams emphasized the significance of this ruling, suggesting it could set a precedent for Uniswap’s case.

Meanwhile, Ripple Labs, another company locked in a legal battle with the SEC over its XRP token, appears to be offering a roadmap for Uniswap. Stuart Alderoty, Ripple’s Chief Legal Officer, highlighted a recent court decision that limited the SEC’s ability to pursue disgorgement penalties. 

This suggests that Uniswap might benefit from studying Ripple’s strategy of persevering through regulatory hurdles. Interestingly, XRP’s trading activity defies the recent market downturn. 

XRP Paves the Way

While many cryptocurrencies have experienced significant declines, analysis of Santiment’s data indicates an increase in XRP exchange outflows, suggesting some investors view the current market situation as a buying opportunity.


Uniswap’s native token, UNI, hasn’t been as fortunate. The token’s price has undergone a significant correction, dropping over 12% in the past 24 hours and nearly 28% over the past week. With the legal battle’s timeline uncertain, the question remains: how far will the SEC go in its pursuit of regulatory control over the cryptocurrency industry?

While Uniswap faces an uphill battle, the resilience of other cryptocurrencies like XRP offers a glimmer of hope for UNI token holders. The coming days will be crucial in determining the outcome of this regulatory clash and its impact on Uniswap’s future.

On the Flipside

  • The legal battle between Uniswap and the SEC could set an important precedent for how DeFi platforms are regulated.
  • While XRP’s price movement suggests some investors remain optimistic, a prolonged legal battle could continue to weigh down the price of UNI, just as it has done for XRP.

Why This Matters

This SEC notice against Uniswap Labs pushes the boundaries of cryptocurrency regulation, with the potential to set a precedent for DEXs and influence the future trajectory of the entire DeFi ecosystem. The legal strategies employed by Ripple Labs in their ongoing battle with the SEC could pave the way for Uniswap’s defense.

Dive deeper into the legal battle between the SEC and Uniswap and what it means for the future of DeFi:
SEC Has Uniswap in Its Crosshairs: Here’s What Comes Next

See how a recent court case could impact the SEC’s lawsuit against Ripple:
SEC’s Recent Loss Rocks Ripple Lawsuit: Is it Game Over?

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Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.