Grayscale launches legal challenge to Bitcoin spot ETF rejection


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Grayscale Investments has launched a authorized problem in opposition to the Securities and Change Fee (SEC) after being denied its utility to transform its Grayscale Bitcoin Belief (GBTC) right into a spot-based Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF).

On June 29, it introduced that its Senior Authorized Strategist, former U.S. Solicitor Basic Donald B. Verrilli Jr. had filed a petition for assessment with the US Courtroom of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Verrelli acknowledged that the newest resolution exhibits that the SEC is performing “arbitrarily and capriciously” by “failing to use constant remedy to comparable funding automobiles” and will probably be pursuing a authorized problem primarily based on the SEC’s alleged violation of the Administrative Process Act (APA) and Securities Change Act (SEA).

Grayscale Investments, which has $12.92 billion of belongings underneath administration in its GBTC had been ready on a call from the SEC to transform its flagship Bitcoin belief right into a spot-based ETF since submitting its utility to the regulator on October 19, 2021.

In response to a submitting from the securities regulator on June 29, the appliance was disapproved “to guard buyers and the general public curiosity” as a result of the proposal did not display how it’s “designed to forestall fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices.”

The choice got here out a full week earlier than the July 6 deadline and got here on the identical day as the same rejection of Bitwise’s Bitcoin exchange-traded product (ETP).

Michael Sonnenshein, Grayscale’s CEO in a press release on Wednesday stated they had been “deeply disillusioned” and “vehemently disagree” with the SEC’s resolution to disclaim their utility.

“We’ll proceed to leverage the complete sources of the agency to advocate for our buyers and the equitable regulatory remedy of Bitcoin funding automobiles,” he stated. 

Addressing his 19,400 Twitter followers, James Seyffart, an ETF analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence stated whereas the lawsuit has been filed, a courtroom ruling on the matter is just not anticipated till 3Q 2023 to 1Q 2024, that means that we could not see the GBTC going ahead any time quickly.

Grayscale had been gearing up its authorized staff for a possible spat with the SEC. Earlier this month, the agency employed Donald B. Verrilli Jr. a former U.S. Solicitor General to hitch its authorized lineup. 

Different attorneys in Grayscale’s authorized line-up embrace attorneys at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and its in-house counsel, together with Craig Salm, who serves as chief authorized officer.

Associated: Grayscale reports 99% of SEC comment letters support spot Bitcoin ETF

In March, Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein informed Bloomberg that his agency would take into account a lawsuit underneath the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) ought to the appliance for its Bitcoin Spot ETF be denied by the monetary regulator.