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Uniswap Labs Challenges SEC: Claims Decentralization Exempts It from Regulation

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  • Uniswap’s response emphasizes its protocol’s decentralized nature, claiming independence from traditional securities regulation.
  • This legal challenge may influence future regulatory approaches to decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms and digital assets.

Uniswap Labs has formally responded to a Wells notice from the SEC, which in April accused the company of acting as an unregistered securities exchange and broker. In its response, Uniswap Labs disputes the SEC’s authority to regulate its decentralized protocol and has requested that the agency withdraw its enforcement action.

Martin Ammori, Chief Legal Officer at Uniswap Labs, articulated in the response that the regulatory definitions currently employed by the SEC would need to be expanded for them to encompass the operations of Uniswap. He stated that the majority of tokens traded on the Uniswap Protocol do not meet the legal criteria to be considered securities under federal law.

The response from Uniswap Labs emphasizes the decentralized nature of its protocol, which operates autonomously without oversight or governance from Uniswap Labs or any other centralized entity. This independence, the company argues, places the protocol outside the purview of traditional securities laws that are designed to regulate more centrally governed entities.

This legal challenge by Uniswap Labs to the SEC’s enforcement action highlights the broader issues facing regulatory bodies in adapting existing legal frameworks to the governance models of decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms. The resolution of this dispute could set a precedent for how digital assets and autonomous protocols are regulated in the future.

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Isai Alexei
Isai Alexei
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