eToro on #CryptoCongress: Laws Will Have Global Impact, Regs Need toHear Global PerspectivesJuly 19, 2018
Given today’s two Congressional hearings on cryptocurrencies, I wanted to share reactions from Guy Hirsch, US Managing Director of eToro, the world’s largest social trading platform. eToro recently announced it will expand into the US with a crypto trading platform, and Guy is leading the expansion strategy. Please see below for a few of Guy’s comments on today’s hearings and feel free to pull directly from directly from Guy’s quotes.
- “Today’s hearings are a great step in the right direction. We encourage regulators to hear more from good actors and companies with an international presence since they would be valuable to this discussion in Congress. Cryptocurrencies are by design global assets and companies with global perspective are uniquely positioned to help regulators better understand the diverse regulatory approaches and best practices. Any law that Congress will pass affecting cryptocurrencies will have global impact on foreign companies that are doing business in the US or want to enter the US market and therefore it is important for US lawmakers to facilitate dialogue with other nations on this matter.”
- “Digital assets present unique challenges for regulators because they have properties that don’t apply to our current understanding of securities or commodities. While it makes sense to classify some tokens as securities, others are more accurately classified as currency or commodities, or perhaps a new asset class altogether. Our industry should provide education and support for regulators to define a framework that will lead to logical and growth-oriented classification of each crypto.”
About Guy Hirsch
Guy Hirsch is the USA Managing Director of eToro, the world’s largest social investment network. Guy leads eToro’s expansion into the United States with a focus on U.S. cryptocurrency and blockchain strategy.
Prior to joining eToro, Guy served as Director of Innovation Strategy at Samsung SDS, the enterprise IT solution subsidiary of Samsung group, where he oversaw architecting, development, piloting and learning of experimental AI and IoT solutions and evangelized digital transformation projects at the C-Suite level. Guy also previously led Samsung Electronics America’s retail innovation team, where he spearheaded Samsung’s efforts as the leader in consumer electronics retailing. Guy has an LL.B and a BA in Business from the IDC Herzliya in Israel.
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