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SEC Goes After Ripple's Foreign Business Partners

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Fri, 04/16/2021 - 16:41
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Alex Dovbnya
The SEC is seeking documents from Ripple's foreign business partners
SEC Goes After Ripple's Foreign Business Partners
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In an Apr. 16 letter motion to Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn, lawyers representing Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse and co-founder Chris Larsen claim that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has made at least 11 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) requests to foreign securities regulators during the discovery process to obtain documents from overseas entities.    

They allege that the agency is trying to intimidate Ripple’s non-U.S. partners into severing its ties with the embattled company:

As the SEC undoubtedly is aware (and perhaps this is the SEC’s objective), involving local regulators and attempting to invoke those regulators’ compulsory process is not only improper but also amounts to an intimidation tactic that has the effect of deterring those entities from continuing to do business with Ripple.            

The defense is asking the court to prevent the SEC from conducting discovery outside of its jurisdiction, requesting an informal conference on the matter.

Furthermore, Ripple is accusing the regulator of violating the federal rules by refusing to fully produce its communications with its foreign counterparts.   

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Ripple has 20 new partners  

According to Garlinghouse, roughly 95 percent of Ripple’s customers are not from the U.S. The San Francisco-based company has signed more than 20 partnerships with financial institutions around the globe since Ripple’s run-in with the SEC.

However, it had less luck in the U.S. Last month, Dallas-based MoneyGram decided to permanently cut ties with the distributed ledger technology provider due to its legal predicament.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.