Coinbase (COIN) receives SEC 'Wells Notice'

March 22, 2023 5:25 PM EDT

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Coinbase (NASDAQ: COIN) received a “Wells Notice” from the Staff (“Staff”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) stating that the Staff has advised the Company that it made a “preliminary determination” to recommend that the SEC file an enforcement action against the Company alleging violations of the federal securities laws, including the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). Based on discussions with the Staff, the Company believes these potential enforcement actions would relate to aspects of the Company’s spot market, staking service Coinbase Earn, Coinbase Prime and Coinbase Wallet. The potential civil action may seek injunctive relief, disgorgement, and civil penalties. The Company published additional information on a blog related to the foregoing which can be found at and on the Twitter feeds of Brian Armstrong (@brian_armstrong) and Paul Grewal (@iampaulgrewal). Information on or accessible through the Company’s website or Twitter is not incorporated by reference in this Current Report on Form 8-K.

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