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Bittrex Global: Charting a New Course Amid Regulatory Winds

16 Aug, 2023

21 Nov, 2023

  • Bittrex Global becomes a refuge for wary participants, offering an alternative to complex rules.
  • Bittrex and SEC settles, marking a turning point post-April’s enforcement action against the platform and its U.S. arm for unregistered operations.
  • CEO Linch welcomes wary investors to Bittrex Global, a non-U.S. regulated exchange for business

Bittrex Global, the well-established player in cryptocurrency exchange, has turned its focus towards engaging wary market participants traversing the uncertain landscape of U.S. regulations. With a recent accord reached with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the exchange aims to stand as a guiding light for individuals seeking shelter from the complexities of the U.S. regulatory framework.

In April, the SEC’s enforcement action targeted Bittrex and its U.S. arm, alleging they were operating as unregistered exchanges. However, Bittrex and the regulatory watchdog reached a settlement agreement last Thursday, signaling a turning point for the platform.

According to a recent report, the reassuring message from Bittrex Global’s CEO, Oliver Linch, welcomed those who have grown cautious due to the ongoing U.S. regulatory uncertainty. Linch emphasized that Bittrex Global is a non-U.S. regulated digital assets exchange ready to facilitate business endeavors. Despite this resolute stance, CEO Oliver Linch remains grounded. While the settlement is advantageous to Bittrex Global, he stated,

While this is good news for Bittrex Global, now is not the time for a victory lap. Instead, with this matter behind us, we can concentrate on building our vision for the future of crypto, as a regulated, mature, and sophisticated part of the wider financial ecosystem.

While Bittrex Global charts its course beyond the regulatory storm, its U.S. counterpart has settled with the SEC for $24 million. The exchange, headquartered in Seattle, had previously filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May, revealing the extent of its financial complexities.

This regulatory ordeal began in April when the SEC initiated legal action against Bittrex’s U.S. arm and its co-founder William Shihara. The SEC accused them of operating as unregistered securities exchanges, brokers, and clearing agencies in the U.S. Additionally, Bittrex Global faced charges for failing to register as a “national securities exchange.”

The SEC’s claims further alleged that Bittrex and Shihara had actively guided token listing applicants to erase social media content discussing investment-related topics. This attempt to circumvent federal securities laws was met with enforcement action.

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