SEC Rejects Coinbase Petition for Tailored Crypto Regulation

Amidst evolving crypto market regulations, Coinbase’s denied petition prompts debate on SEC’s approach and future regulatory frameworks.

Gary Gensler trying to fight Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong outside of court.
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  • The SEC has denied Coinbase’s request for tailored crypto regulations.
  • Coinbase has argued for specialized rules aimed at crypto assets.
  • The SEC Chairman Gary Gensler has supported this rejection.

As the cryptocurrency market continues to grow and evolve, the need for a tailored regulatory framework has become increasingly apparent. To address this need, Coinbase, a leading cryptocurrency exchange, filed a petition with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requesting the development of specific rules for the crypto market. 

SEC Denies Coinbase’s Bid for Crypto Regulations

The SEC has rejected this petition from Coinbase seeking a tailored regulatory framework for the crypto market. The Commission stated that the rulemaking petition is “unwarranted” and that the existing securities laws are sufficient for regulating crypto assets.


Coinbase had argued that the existing securities laws are “unworkable” for the crypto securities markets and that a tailored regulatory framework was needed to provide clarity and certainty for businesses operating in the space. 

However, the SEC disagreed with this assessment, arguing that the Howey Test, a legal test used to determine whether an investment qualifies as a security, is flexible enough to accommodate the unique characteristics of crypto assets.

Gensler Backs SEC Decision

SEC chairman Gary Gensler supported the Commission’s decision, stating that the existing securities laws are “capable of adaptation” to meet the evolving nature of the crypto market. He also emphasized that the crypto market is a small percentage of the overall capital markets and that the SEC needs to prioritize its regulatory efforts accordingly.

The decision to reject Coinbase’s petition reflects the SEC’s current approach to regulating crypto assets. Some have criticized this approach as too narrow and others as too broad. It remains to be seen whether the SEC will adopt a more tailored regulatory framework for the crypto market in the future.

On the Flipside

  • The Howey Test, while adaptable, may not adequately capture all the nuanced characteristics of diverse crypto assets.
  • The SEC’s current approach can be perceived as too narrow or too broad and fails to strike a delicate balance necessary for effective and comprehensive regulation.

Why This Matters

The SEC’s rejection of Coinbase’s push for tailored crypto regulations underscores the regulatory challenges within the crypto sphere. This decision signals a broader trend in regulatory approaches, emphasizing the adaptability of existing securities laws. It highlights the ongoing struggle to define and regulate the ever-evolving crypto landscape.


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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.