In brief On July 13, 2023, Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York issued an Order on competing motions for summary judgment in the closely followed SEC v. Ripple Labs, Inc. litigation. As the first court decision to broadly address the question of whether a cryptocurrency itself is a security, as the SEC has maintained in most circumstances, the Order may have broad implications to the state of crypto industry regulation in the US.…
Gavin Meyers is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Financial Regulation and Enforcement Practice Group in North America. Gavin is an experienced regulatory lawyer advising broker-dealers, investment advisers, FinTech and cryptocurrency firms on regulatory, enforcement and compliance matters involving federal and state securities laws, FINRA rules and money transmission regulations. Gavin leverages his past regulatory and in-house experiences in providing regulatory and strategic guidance on securities and cryptocurrency regulatory matters. He advises broker-dealers and investment advisers on a variety of regulatory issues including standards of conduct (suitability, Regulation Best Interest, and fiduciary duties), status and registration, formation and continuing membership applications, advertising regulation, disclosure obligations, anti-money laundering (AML) compliance, net capital and customer protection rules, trade reporting, clearing and execution, books and records requirements, and revenue sharing. Gavin advises cryptocurrency focused firms on the US regulatory framework, money transmission licensing, crypto wallets and transfers, intermediary arrangements, and AML compliance. He also represents broker-dealers and other financial services clients across a variety of SEC, FINRA and state regulatory and enforcement matters.