Paradigm Challenges SEC’s Binance Case Tactics

Paradigm argues that the SEC is overstepping its regulatory bounds and is concerned that this approach could reshape securities law.

Paradigm Challenges SEC's Binance Case Tactics
Paradigm Challenges SEC's Binance Case Tactics

Venture capital firm Paradigm has criticized the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for avoiding traditional rulemaking procedures in its current legal action against the cryptocurrency exchange Binance.

In a statement issued on Friday, September 29, Paradigm stated that the SEC is attempting to circumvent the established rulemaking process by using the allegations in its complaint to change the law.

Paradigm firmly believes that the SEC is exceeding its regulatory boundaries and further states that it vehemently opposes this tactic.

The SEC initiated legal action against Binance in June, alleging multiple securities law violations, including operating without the required registration as an exchange, broker-dealer, or clearing agency.

Screenshot of Paradigm’s amicus brief Source: Paradigm

In addition, Paradigm emphasized that the SEC has recently pursued similar cases against numerous cryptocurrency exchanges and expressed concern that the SEC’s posture “could fundamentally reshape our understanding of securities law in several crucial respects.”

In addition, Paradigm raised concerns about the deficiencies in the SEC’s application of the Howey test. The Howey test, which originated in a 1946 U.S. Supreme Court case involving citrus groves, is frequently used by the SEC to determine whether transactions satisfy the criteria for investment contracts and therefore fall under securities regulations.

In its amicus brief, Paradigm argued that many assets are actively marketed, purchased, and traded based on their potential for profit.

However, the SEC has consistently excluded them from classification as securities. In addition, the brief cited instances, such as gold, silver, and fine art, demonstrate that the mere potential for value appreciation does not automatically qualify their sale as a security transaction.

Recently, USD coin issuer Circle joined the ongoing legal dispute between Binance and the SEC. Circle believes that the SEC should not classify stablecoins as securities.

Circle argues that these assets should not be classified as securities because stablecoins are not acquired for profit.