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Blockchain technology is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and cryptocurrency will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.

Aug 6, 2019

Jake Chervinsky, general counsel at Compound, goes over a plethora of crypto regulatory issues, such as those related to securities law such as the SEC vs. Kik case, Ripple, stablecoins, no-action letters, Blockstack and more. We also discuss whether there should be one regulator for crypto matters in the US, whether it makes sense to create a new category for digital assets instead of applying laws for securities, commodities, etc., to digital tokens, and why he thinks Libra will likely not launch in its proposed form. He also gives his odds on a Bitcoin ETF being approved soon, talks about the tension between privacy and financial regulation and  reveals what he thinks is the biggest regulatory issue in DeFi that no one's talking about.

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Episode links: 

Jake Chervinsky:


Unchained interview with Compound CEO Robert Leshner: 

Unchained with Ted Livingston of Kik about its intention to fight the SEC in court:

Kik's Wells response: 

SEC no-action letter to Quarters: 

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce on the first no-action letter for a token: 

Unconfirmed episode on Blockstack’s Reg A+ filing:  

Decrypt article on issues with issuing a token under Reg A+: 

How much Ripple has sold recently:

Jake’s tweet storm on the Libra hearings in Congress:

Jeremy Allaire’s testimony to Congress:

Unchained interview with Jeremy Allaire on regulations:

Push for new crypto regulations:

Tax issues:

Bitcoin ETF: 

Jake’s tweet storm on Bakkt:

The latest on Bakkt:

Sanctions coming to crypto: