CFTC Commissioner Raises Concerns Over Charges Against KuCoin

CFTC Commissioner Caroline Pham expressed her concerns on March 29 regarding the agency’s charges against KuCoin, stating that these charges may encroach on the SEC’s responsibilities.

Pham noted that while she supports the CFTC’s enforcement action against KuCoin, she raised issues with certain aspects of the allegations. In particular, she pointed out that the complaint implies that fund shares owned by investors could be considered a form of leveraged trading, which blurs the line between securities overseen by the SEC and trading activities regulated by the CFTC.

She emphasized the importance of making a clear distinction between investments in funds and actual trading activities, stating that “owning shares is not the same thing as trading derivatives.”

Pham also warned that the CFTC’s handling of the situation could potentially undermine investor protections and disrupt the foundations of the securities market by encroaching on the SEC’s jurisdiction.

The charges against KuCoin were filed by the CFTC on March 26, alleging that the exchange had been operating an illegal digital asset derivatives platform and violating the Commodity Exchange Act by failing to register with the CFTC. The US Department of Justice also filed criminal charges against KuCoin and two of its founders for various alleged violations, including breaches of anti-money laundering laws.

In response to the charges, KuCoin reassured its users that their funds were safe and claimed that it had been compliant with local laws. The company stated that its legal team was reviewing the allegations, but did not provide further details.

This news comes amidst ongoing debates over whether certain cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin should be classified as securities or commodities, further complicating the regulatory landscape in the digital asset space.


Full Stack Developer

About the Author

I’m passionate about web development and design in all its forms, helping small businesses build and improve their online presence. I spend a lot of time learning new techniques and actively helping other people learn web development through a variety of help groups and writing tutorials for my blog about advancements in web design and development.

View Articles