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The 9 tokens SEC says are securities in Coinbase insider trading case

ByNdasi Tata

Jul 22, 2022
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  • Ishan and his brother are in custody, arrested on Thursday and are facing fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud charges, while Ramini is yet to be arrested.

  • Broadly, the SEC says Ishan violated securities laws, with this the first insider trading case in the crypto sector.

  • The SEC says nine of the 25 tokens for which Ishan provided confidential information were securities.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has highlighted nine tokens it says are securities, the details of which come from a landmark case against a former Coinbase manager.

The SEC’s case is against Ishan Wahi, the former product manager at Coinbase and two others – Nikhil Wahi (Ishan’s brother) and Sameer Ramini, a friend. The former Coinbase manager is alleged to have leaked confidential information about token listings announcement, tipping the other two in a scheme that spanned nearly a year and involved $1.1 million in profits.

Ahead of those announcements, which usually resulted in an increase in the assets’ prices, Nikhil Wahi and Ramani allegedly purchased at least 25 crypto assets, at least nine of which were securities, and then typically sold them shortly after the announcements for a profit,” the SEC said in a press release.

9 tokens deemed securities

The SEC has previously stated that most tokens in the crypto sector are securities, and indeed has an active case against Ripple Labs over the XRP coin.

In this latest installment of its battle to bring deemed securities under the SEC laws, it does identify nine “security” tokens.

What are these tokens? The SEC highlights them here.

LCX (LCX), Amp (AMP), Rally (RLY), Rari Governance (RGT), Power Ledger (POWR), XYO Network (XYO), DFX Finance (DFX), DerivaDAO (DDX) and Kromatika (KROM).

Commenting on these tokens, Gurbir S. Grewal, SEC’s Director of Enforcement, noted that the main concern is not “with labels, but rather the economic realities of an offering.”

In this case, those realities affirm that a number of the crypto assets at issue were securities, and, as alleged, the defendants engaged in typical insider trading ahead of their listing on Coinbase,” he added.

The post The 9 tokens SEC says are securities in Coinbase insider trading case appeared first on CoinJournal.

Ndasi Tata

Ndasi Tata is a Cameroonian-born Bitcoin entrepreneur and former state journalist who's also known for being a Bitcoin and Blockchain advocate. He's a crypto lover and reporter and has promoted several crypto projects within the African Continent. He uses a variety of social media and online channels. In addition to running a successful Facebook page with thousands of fans, he also promotes blockchain and bitcoin development initiatives on the well-liked YouTube channel #cryptoafrica-now. He earned an M.Sc. from the University of Nicosia in Cyprus in Blockchain and Digital Currency. At the University of Nicosia, Andreas Antonopoulos, Ph.D., and Antonis Polemitis, Ph.D., serve as role models.

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