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dYdX Moves Operations to Cayman Islands Amid Regulatory Pressure

dYdX Moves Operations to Cayman Islands Amid Regulatory Pressure

dYdX (DYDX), a decentralized exchange, is set to relocate a portion of its operations to the Cayman Islands amidst increased scrutiny from U.S. regulators on decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols.

The restructuring, endorsed in a community referendum with over 90% approval, will see the transfer of the dYdX operating trust (DOT) to a Cayman Islands foundation company, as announced by the dYdX Foundation.

The move is aimed at shielding dYdX contributors from potential legal challenges, given the escalating regulatory attention on DeFi protocols in the U.S. Despite not operating within U.S. jurisdiction, dYdX acknowledges the risk, as U.S. regulators have targeted crypto projects based outside their borders.

While specifics from dYdX representatives were not immediately available, the decision to shift to the Cayman Islands aligns with the jurisdiction’s favorable regulatory environment for digital assets. The British territory’s accommodating stance towards crypto companies offers an alternative to navigate regulatory complexities, particularly against stricter oversight in the U.S.

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Under Cayman Islands law, international businesses can establish foundation companies, providing a separate legal identity that shields personal finances of managers from potential litigation. This legal framework appeals to crypto entities seeking offshore havens to mitigate legal risks.

Recent regulatory actions against DeFi projects, such as SushiSwap and ShapeShift, underscore the increasing pressure from regulators. In 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) subpoenaed SushiSwap, signaling potential enforcement actions. Similarly, ShapeShift settled a lawsuit with U.S. securities regulators, reflecting the regulatory challenges facing DeFi platforms.

Alexander Stefanov

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