Solana Foundation Responds to SEC’s Claims
The Solana Foundation has taken to Twitter to express its disagreement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s classification of its native token, Solana, as a security. In a statement released on June 10, the foundation stated that it welcomes engagement with policymakers to establish legal clarity in the digital assets space.
Solana publicly launched its native token, SOL, in March 2020 and holders of SOL stake the token to validate transactions through its consensus mechanism. Additionally, the token offers various utilities, including rewards, payment of transaction fees, and participation in governance.
Earlier, the SEC has filed separate lawsuits against crypto exchanges Binance and Coinbase, labeling the SOL token as a security. The lawsuits were filed on June 5 and June 6, respectively.
These lawsuits consider various factors. They include the expectation of profits derived from the efforts of others and how the tokens are being used.
Solana Foundation’s Response to the Classification
The Solana Foundation acknowledges the significance of the SEC’s classification. This classification subjects Solana and associated activities to a different set of regulations and compliance requirements.
However, the foundation has stated its active engagement with legal experts. They are also in communication with the SEC to understand and address the concerns raised.
According to the SEC, the term “security” encompasses various instruments such as stocks, bonds, transferable shares, and investment contracts. The regulator advises analyzing digital assets to determine if they meet the definition of a security under federal securities laws.
Legal Expert’s Perspective
Legal expert and Bloomberg contributor Matt Levine argues that the previous securities offers of SOL should not automatically classify the token as a security now. Levine highlights that while the SEC may view the current trading of tokens with less disclosure and fewer investor safeguards as unfortunate.
However, it is important to note that this is not a result of Solana’s actions but rather a legal outcome.
The Solana Foundation actively engages with legal experts and communicates with the SEC to address the concerns raised. Consequently, their goal is to find a resolution and ensure regulatory compliance. The outcome of these discussions will subsequently have a significant impact on shaping Solana’s regulatory compliance and the digital asset landscape.