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‘US has left a vacuum that other countries are eager to fill’: Coinbase

'US has left a vacuum that other countries are eager to fill': Coinbase

With Coinbase seemingly on the verge of a court battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the firm has emphasized that the U.S. government’s hawkish approach to crypto regulation has “left a vacuum that other countries are eager to fill.’

The SEC issued Coinbase a wells notice on March 22 outlining that SEC staff had recommended the agency take enforcement action over “possible violations of securities laws” concerning some of the firm’s asset listings, staking services and Coinbase Wallet.

In a March 23 blog post titled Europe is winning. Will the US catch up? Daniel Seifert, Coinbase’s Vice President and Regional Managing Director in Europe, stressed that the U.S.’s “regulatory approach to crypto has been marked by regulation by enforcement,” despite industry-wide calls for “comprehensive crypto regulation.”

“This approach has created an environment of uncertainty and instability in the crypto industry,” he wrote.

As such, Seifert argued that the U.S. is losing its status as the leading hub of the crypto sector, while France, the U.K. and the European Union, are now building “vibrant” ecosystems due to their friendlier approach to crypto regulation.

“The US has left a vacuum that other countries are eager to fill,” he wrote, adding: “we are proudly an American company. It’s hard to sit by and watch the US squander the opportunity it has been given.”

In particular, Seifert highlighted the significance of the Blockchain Week event being hosted at the Louvre in Paris this month. He also pointed to the U.K.’s recent push to become a crypto hub, and the European Union’s Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulation that is slated to come into effect in 2024.

“This year it’s being held in a private space at the Louvre, arguably the greatest national treasure in France and one of the…

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