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Chairmen from the SEC and CFTC speak crypto regulation at ISDA assembly

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The annual assembly of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) started Wednesday in Madrid. United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman Gary Gensler and U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman Rostin Behnam have been each featured as keynote audio system on the occasion, with Behnam talking on the morning session, and Gensler within the afternoon.  

Behnam spoke at size about “a request for an amended order of registration as a derivatives clearing group (DCO) by an entity in search of to supply non-intermediated clearing of margined merchandise to retail members,” which was transparently a reference to FTX US’s request.

“As different registered entities have expressed curiosity in exploring related fashions, and given the potential impression on clearing members and FCMs [futures commission merchants]” […] it’s paramount to be clear and supply a possibility to listen to from the general public,” Behnam mentioned, plugging the CFTC roundtable on the topic arising later this month.

FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried might have been listening as Behnam spoke, as Bankman-Fried was current on the convention and took part in a fireplace chat a couple of hours later.

Behnam went on to recall his February Senate testimony and say that:

“I’ll proceed advocating for and supporting legislative authority for the CFTC to develop a regulatory framework for the money digital asset commodity market.”

Currently, the CFTC solely regulates derivatives markets, though it has exerted enforcement authority over money markets, corresponding to the nice it imposed on Coinbase for improper reporting of trade quantity and “self-trading” in 2021.

Related story: Bipartisan invoice to offer CFTC authority over exchanges and stablecoins

Gensler spoke about “the intersection of crypto belongings with derivatives” in his considerably shorter speech. He mentioned:

“If platforms — whether or not within the decentralized or centralized finance area — provide security-based swaps, they’re implicated by the securities legal guidelines and should work inside our securities regime.”

Gensler pressured the necessity for the ISDA “to acknowledge that if the underlying asset is a safety, the by-product should adjust to securities rules” because it develops authorized requirements for crypto derivatives.

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