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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.

Jul 29, 2022

Marisa Tashman, policy counsel at Blockchain Association, analyzes the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) decision to name nine tokens as securities and investigate whether Coinbase lists securities.

Show highlights: 

  • why the SEC named tokens as securities in an insider trading case where no exchanges or token teams are listed as defendants 
  • what happens if the Coinbase insider trading case is settled or goes to court
  • why the SEC’s actions should be considered “regulation by enforcement” 
  • whether there is any process to force the SEC to reveal its reasoning for calling a token a security
  • why Marisa thinks the SEC is actively harming US investors with its crypto policy
  • how Coinbase is handling the SEC’s investigation
  • what Marisa thinks of Coinbase’s listing process
  • why the Cynthia Lummis-led crypto regulatory framework is a good start
  • what Marisa believes will happen in the crypto regulatory landscape in the near future

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Episode Links


Marisa Tashman


Blockchain Association




SEC Regulation by Enforcement Response


Gillibrand x Lummis Crypto Regulatory Framework