Robinhood’s Crypto Business received SEC Subpoena during the month of December as per the 10-K filing.
Robinhood Markets, a leading online brokerage firm, has recently disclosed in its latest 10-K filing that it has received an investigative subpoena from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding its cryptocurrency operations. This move came shortly after the FTX crypto exchange filed for bankruptcy protection in November, which could indicate increased regulatory scrutiny in the industry.
The SEC’s subpoena specifically requested information related to Robinhood’s “cryptocurrency listings, custody of cryptocurrencies, and platform operations.” This suggests that the regulatory agency is closely monitoring the platform’s compliance with its regulatory requirements, particularly when it comes to handling cryptocurrency assets.
In addition, Robinhood also confirmed that it has received similar subpoena requests from the California Attorney General’s office.
What it covers?
These requests cover a wide range of issues related to its trading platform, including custody of customer assets, customer disclosures, and coin listing.
While Robinhood maintains that it is cooperating with California’s investigation, the receipt of these subpoenas may indicate a potential shift in regulatory focus towards cryptocurrency crackdown post FTX. As such, it is important for online brokerage firms and other companies operating in the cryptocurrency industry to be proactive in their compliance efforts and stay abreast of regulatory developments. The below was mentioned in the filing by Robinhood.
And in December 2022, shortly after FTX filed for bankruptcy on November 11, 2022, and following the bankruptcies of several other major cryptocurrency trading venues and lending platforms earlier in 2022, including Three Arrows Capital, Ltd., Voyager Digital Holdings, Inc., and Celsius Network LLC (“Celsius”) (collectively, the “2022 Crypto Bankruptcies”), we received an investigative subpoena from the SEC regarding, among other topics, RHC’s cryptocurrency listings, custody of cryptocurrencies, and platform operations.10k filing
Previous Fines on Robinhood Crypto Division
Previously on August 2nd ,The New York District of Financial Services (NYDFS) imposed a hefty fine of $30 million on Robinhood’s cryptocurrency division. The regulatory agency levied the penalty due to the platform’s failure to allocate adequate resources and attention to cultivate and sustain a culture of compliance.
The NYDFS found that Robinhood’s cryptocurrency division had not been adhering to the state’s regulatory framework effectively, leading to shortcomings in compliance efforts. This resulted in the platform failing to conduct proper risk assessments, follow appropriate anti-money laundering (AML) measures, and maintain accurate records of its cryptocurrency transactions.
The regulatory agency further elaborated that Robinhood’s cryptocurrency division had expanded too quickly, without having sufficient compliance protocols in place. As a result, it was unable to keep up with the growing demands of its customer base and the increasingly complex regulatory environment.
In conclusion, this penalty serves as a reminder that compliance is critical for cryptocurrency firms, and any neglect or failure to implement robust compliance practices can have severe consequences.
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