USDC’s Circle Takes a Stand in SEC Lawsuit Against Binance

In a legal twist, Circle challenges the SEC’s stance on stablecoins in the ongoing case against Binance.

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  • Circle has thrown a curveball by challenging the SEC amidst the Binance lawsuit.
  • Profit expectations from stablecoins have been brought into question in the regulatory realm.
  • The debate over whether stablecoins constitute investment contracts has been raised by Circle.

Circle, the entity responsible for the USDC stablecoin, has recently entered the legal fray involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) case against Binance. In June, the SEC took legal action against Binance and its CEO, Changpeng Zhao, alleging breaches of local securities regulations. 

Circle Defends Stablecoins Against SEC Scrutiny

The lawsuit pointed fingers at Binance’s affiliate, BAM Trading, for purportedly vending unregistered securities, including BNB and the BUSD stablecoin. In a recent filing, Circle made a compelling argument. 

They contended that stablecoins designed primarily for facilitating payments lack the crucial attributes of an investment contract. Consequently, they fall outside the jurisdiction of the SEC. Circle further emphasized that individuals using such stablecoins have no expectations of generating profits from holding them.

This development comes just slightly over a month after Dante Disparte, Circle’s chief strategy officer, voiced concerns to Bloomberg. He highlighted the repercussions of bank failures in the United States and their adverse effects on local stablecoin issuers. These events, he argued, had driven investors toward “unsafe, opaque” cryptocurrencies abroad.

On the Flipside

  • While Circle maintains that stablecoins designed for payments differ from traditional investment contracts, opposing views contend that these assets can still have speculative value and may not be as distinct as Circle suggests.
  • Binance’s role in the global cryptocurrency market cannot be ignored, and some argue that its actions, whether intentional or not, have significant implications for the industry’s overall health and stability.
  • The SEC’s jurisdiction in the cryptocurrency space raises important questions about the regulatory framework for digital assets and whether it adequately addresses the evolving nature of this industry.

Why This Matters

Circle’s intervention in the SEC’s case against Binance is pivotal in the ongoing legal landscape surrounding cryptocurrencies. This development can shape the regulatory framework for stablecoins, impacting their use and adoption within the broader crypto ecosystem.

To learn more about how Circle is enhancing accessibility to EURC through its Stellar alliance, read here:
Circle Amplifies EURC Accessibility with Stellar Alliance

To stay updated on the recent developments surrounding Binance and CZ’s clarification on stablecoin delisting, click here:
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao Clears Air on Stablecoin Delisting

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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.