The US Securities and Exchange Commission is suing Coinbase Inc, the largest US crypto asset trading platform, accusing it of illegally operating without having first registered with the regulator – just a day after it sued Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange
In a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, the SEC said Coinbase has since at least 2019 operated as an unregistered broker by handling cryptocurrency transactions, evading the disclosure requirements meant to protect investors.
The SEC also said Coinbase operated as an unregistered broker through Coinbase Prime, which routes orders to Coinbase’s platform and other platforms, and Coinbase Wallet, which lets investors access liquidity outside Coinbase’s platform.
“Coinbase’s alleged failures deprive investors of critical protections, including rulebooks that prevent fraud and manipulation, proper disclosure, safeguards against conflicts of interest, and routine inspection,” SEC Chair Gary Gensler tweeted.
Shares of Coinbase fell 15.9% in premarket trading aftr the lawsuit was filed. Coinbase did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The SEC sued Coinbase in Manhattan federal court, one day after the regulator sued Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, and its founder Changpeng Zhao.
- Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara