a16z's Brian Quintenz: Congress must provide clarity where the SEC won't

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  • Former CFTC Commissioner and a16z crypto’s Global Head of Policy, Brian Quintenz, says now is the time for Congress to develop a clear crypto legislative framework in response to the SEC’s inaction.

Episode 67 of Season 5 of The Scoop was recorded with The Block's Frank Chaparro, and a16z crypto's Global Head of Policy Brian Quintenz

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Brian Quintenz is the Global Head of Policy at a16z crypto and a former commissioner at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

In this episode, Quintenz explains how the SEC's failure to issue updated guidance for the crypto industry has created a legislative opportunity for clarity.

According to Quintenz, "Congress needs to show the way by creating the framework that the SEC is refusing to contemplate."


0:36 Policy & regulation overview

2:43 Securities v. commodities

06:37 Registered securities

11:58 Special Purpose Broker-Dealers

14:49 a16z’s policy uutlook

18:34 Ponzi schemes

21:31 CeFi regulation

27:16 Lummis x Gillibrand’s crypto bill

30:30 Token decentralization

32:32 Legislative hurdles

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