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SEC Has Sent Wells Notice to Uni Labs


Uniswap Labs has been served with a Wells Notice by the U.S. SEC , indicating a potential lawsuit on the horizon. The crypto industry sees this as a significant assault, particularly on decentralized finance (DeFi).

Bankless co-founder Ryan Adams expressed the gravity of the situation, labeling it as a major escalation by the SEC and the government. He pointed out Uniswap’s status as a symbol of crypto decentralization and lamented the decision to take legal action against Hayden Adams, the founder, instead of recognizing him as a visionary entrepreneur. Adams sees this move as not just a legal battle but as a broader attack on the entire crypto ecosystem, equating it to a war on the internet itself.

While some decentralized project teams have opted to distance themselves from the U.S. market, Uniswap Labs chose to remain rooted in its home country. However, this decision has exposed it to regulatory scrutiny, given its role in providing access to the Uniswap protocol through its front-end website, despite not directly controlling the underlying Ethereum-based protocol code. This susceptibility has now made Uniswap Labs a prime target for regulatory actions aimed at the DeFi industry.

Although the SEC has previously engaged with decentralized entities in some capacity, this marks the first time it has pursued legal action against a major protocol like Uniswap.

In response to these developments, The Rollup co-founder Andy emphasized the need to prioritize on-chain privacy and continue building censorship-resistant systems in the face of what he perceives as the beginning of a full-scale assault on DeFi.

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