- Topic: Digital Assets
- SEC Proposes Expansion of Investment Adviser Custody Rule – Digital Assets Would Be Required to Be Held by a “Qualified Custodian”
On February 15, 2023, by a vote of 4 to 1 with only Commissioner Peirce voting no, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed to amend the content of Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”), known as the Custody Rule, and redesignate it as Rule 223-1 under the Advisers Act, now known as the Safeguarding Rule. If adopted, the proposal would, among other things, expand the coverage of the Advisers Act’s custody provisions beyond “client funds and securities” to include any client assets of which an adviser has custody, a change that would bring within the rule’s coverage all digital assets, including non-securities such as commodities. Such a change would impose a requirement on many investment advisers that hold client assets to place those assets with a “qualified custodian,” despite a current lack of widespread availability of such service providers for many digital assets.
At a time when the digital asset market is badly in need of good news, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) has delivered the long-awaited ISDA Digital Asset Derivatives Definitions (the “Definitions”).
- Chamber of Digital Commerce releases report: The Crypto Conundrum: Why Won’t the SEC Approve a Bitcoin ETF?
Chapman represented the Chamber of Digital Commerce in connection with its “Spot Bitcoin ETF Initiative” which set out to gain a deep understanding of the industry’s experience in pursuit of a registered Spot Bitcoin ETF and provide insight into the most realistic avenues for ultimately getting the SEC to approve this widely anticipated investment product.