SEC Cryptocurrency Enforcement


The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has established itself as one of the main regulators engaged in the cryptocurrency space. This report analyzes SEC enforcement actions since the agency brought its first cryptocurrency-related enforcement action in July 2013.

2022 Update

SEC Cryptocurrency Enforcement

In 2022, the SEC administration under Chair Gary Gensler brought a total of 30 cryptocurrency-related enforcement actions, up 50% from 2021. As of year-end 2022, monetary penalties against digital-asset market participants totaled approximately $2.61 billion, of which $242 million were settlements reached in 2022.

2021 Update

SEC Cryptocurrency Enforcement

In its first year, the new SEC administration brought a total of 20 litigations and administrative proceedings related to cryptocurrency. As of year-end 2021, the SEC had imposed approximately $2.35 billion in total monetary penalties against digital asset market participants.

Q3 2021 Update

SEC Cryptocurrency Enforcement

Under the Biden administration, the SEC continued to be active in policing the cryptocurrency space with 19 enforcement actions related to cryptocurrency brought in the first nine months of 2021.


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