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You Can’t Regulate What You Don’t Understand (2.0)
The recent SEC Inspector General report highlighted the impact that limiting crypto ownership has had on the SEC’s hiring efficacy. In light of this, Paradigm Policy revisited and revised our suggested updates to government ethics rules.
November 8, 2023
Electronification, trading, and crypto
An analysis of the historical evolution of financial markets — and why crypto is about more than just making existing processes digital.
September 6, 2023
The Future of Payments Includes Stablecoins
Any legislation on stablecoins should promote openness and competition while recognizing that stablecoins are inherently different from bank deposits and MMFs
July 26, 2023
Joining Paradigm · Government Affairs Lead · Alex Grieve
July 17, 2023
Moneyness In The Digital Age
The recent events surrounding Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) provide a lens for reexamining age-old questions about the relationship between money and credit — and crypto’s important role in the future.
April 26, 2023
Paradigm Files Comment Letter on IRS' Unduly Burdensome Proposed Crypto Broker Rule
The IRS and Treasury Department's crypto broker rule is unduly broad and burdensome, indiscriminately implicating wide swaths of the crypto industry. Paradigm's comment letter urges the IRS to substantially revise the proposed rule to ensure it is properly tailored and practically administrable.
November 13, 2023
Paradigm Files Amicus Brief in Harper vs. IRS
Paradigm filed an amicus brief in support of James Harper’s lawsuit against the IRS, which challenges the agency’s ability to use “John Doe” summons as a dragnet to surreptitiously obtain the private records of large groups of crypto users.
October 20, 2023
Paradigm Files Amicus Brief in SEC's Case Against Binance
Paradigm filed an amicus brief in the SEC lawsuit against Binance. Paradigm was not an investor in Binance and has no direct financial interest in the outcome of the lawsuit. However, we believe it is critical to stand against government overreach regardless of who the defendant is. Here, the SEC is attempting to leverage the disturbing allegations it levies in its complaint to change the law while circumventing the rulemaking process. The SEC is plainly acting outside the scope of its authority and we oppose this gambit.
September 29, 2023
Paradigm and a16z file joint amicus brief in SEC v. Coinbase
Paradigm and a16z filed a joint amicus brief in SEC vs. Coinbase that supplements the arguments made by Coinbase in its filing last week and demonstrates why the SEC's approach is unsupported by case law and represents a significant and problematic expansion of its regulatory authority.
August 11, 2023
Paradigm files amicus brief in SEC vs. Bittrex
Paradigm filed an amicus brief rejecting the SEC's unsupported attempt to expand its jurisdiction to secondary market trading of crypto assets
July 7, 2023