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Philippines SEC Says Gemini’s Derivatives Exchange Is ‘Unregistered’

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The Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a warning against the crypto derivatives platform launched last month by Winklevoss twins-controlled Gemini Trust.

According to the regulatory notice published last week, the newly launched platform markets and offers derivatives products categorized as securities under local laws. Gemini did not seek any registration from the Philippines regulator to launch its platform there.

“GEMINI TRUST COMPANY, LLC. is not registered with the Commission and OPERATES WITHOUT THE NECESSARY LICENSE AND/OR authority to solicit, accept or take investments/placements from the public nor to issue securities,” the regulatory notice stated.

“GEMINI TRUST COMPANY, LLC’s lack of prior registration with the Commission makes their activities of offering and/or selling securities in the form of derivatives ILLEGAL in violation of the provisions of the [Securities Regulation Code].”

Gemini launched its crypto derivatives exchange last month globally but outside the United States. However, the Philippines and dozens of other countries were among the regions where the platform went live. Known as the Gemini Foundation, the derivatives platform is operated by a subsidiary, Gemini Artemis.

The Southeast Asian regulator further advised the public not to invest on the unregistered platform or halt their investments if they have already made investments.

The regulatory notice further clarified that anyone, including salespersons, brokers, dealers, or agents, selling or promoting unregistered securities, like Gemini’s derivatives products, will face a fine of up to 5 million Filipino pesos ($89,826) or 21 years imprisonment.

Another Era of Regulatory Warnings against Crypto?

The Philippines SEC’s warning against Gemini came shortly before the Malaysian regulatory flagged Huobi Global for offering ‘illegal’ services without any registration. The Malaysian waning also named Huobi Global’s CEO, Leon Li.

“The [Malaysian] SC has ordered Huobi Global Limited to stop its operations in the country, including disabling its website and mobile application on several platforms such as Apple Store, Google Play, and any other digital application platform,” the warning stated.

Both these warnings resemble the

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