Nasdaq-listed Coinbase Global is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its token listing processes and its staking programs and yield-generating products, according to the company’s most recent quarterly report.
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- “[Coinbase] has received investigative subpoenas and requests from the SEC for documents and information about certain customer programs, operations, and existing and intended future products,” Coinbase said in its 10-Q form.
- Coinbase added it does not believe existing legal investigations will have an adverse material impact on the company’s finances, operations or cash flows.
- The U.S. Department of Justice recently arrested former Coinbase product manager Ishan Wahi and his brother, Nikhil Wahi, on allegations of wire fraud.
- The SEC also separately charged the pair with securities fraud in a civil case, which Coinbase called a “distraction” and argued assets listed on their exchange are not securities.
- U.S. regulators are currently grappling with how best to define digital assets, with two separate bills designed to address this issue proposed in recent months.
- Coinbase also recently partnered with investment management firm BlackRock Inc. to provide institutional clients with access to crypto trading and custody services.
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