SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce has a reputation in the industry for being more supportive of crypto than her peers. After a rough year for the industry, Peirce weighs in on whether the agency was right in recently naming several crypto tokens as securities, the state of the current regulatory framework, and the slow pace of change. “All I can say is that I’ve been at the agency for over five years, and it’s very frustrating to me that in that time we haven’t done something more productive,” Peirce tells Unchained.

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Show highlights:

  • what would Peirce do to regulate crypto if she were chair of the SEC
  • whether the SEC was right in alleging that SOL, ADA, MATIC, and more are securities
  • why Peirce says the SEC’s current approach will take many years to find a resolution
  • whether special purpose broker-dealer licenses are a solution
  • why Peirce believes that the existing regulatory framework is not enough to oversee digital assets
  • her views on the pressing need to find a way to make existing regulations comport with a technology that doesn’t require intermediaries
  • whether the fact that many SEC employees worked on the Hinman speech reflects the opinion of the agency as a whole
  • why Peirce is “very frustrated” after five years of working at the SEC
  • why she’s been seen as the “Crypto Mom” and why she thinks it’s so important to provide a clear regulatory framework

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  • Hester M. Peirce, SEC Commissioner