Disclosure NewswireTMiCrowdNewswire - Mar 22, 2017
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Ouisa Capital has filed the attached petition for rulemaking with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) asking the SEC to publish a concept release followed by proposed rules on the regulation of digital assets and blockchain technology. Ouisa is registered with the SEC and FINRA as a broker-dealer and is the operator of an alternative trading system (“ATS”) that uses blockchain technology. Ouisa is very familiar with the regulatory challenges faced by fintech firms that are issuing and trading digital assets and using blockchain technology. The petition asks the SEC to provide guidance to the fintech industry on when digital assets will be deemed securities and when the firms that facilitate the trading of digital assets must register as a broker-dealer, an ATS, or an exchange. The petition for rulemaking also asks the SEC to consider adopting a regulatory sandbox, an approach to the regulation of digital assets that is being used in the United Kingdom and Singapore. Ouisa believes such an approach is similar to the approach adopted by the SEC for the regulation of crowdfund investing portal in that it requires such portals to either register with the SEC as a broker-dealer or to register with FINRA as a crowdfunding portal that can only engage in a limited number of activities.