Grayscale wants to convert its $14 billion Bitcoin Trust, the largest investment vehicle tied to the No. 1 cryptocurrency, into an exchange-traded fund. But the Securities and Exchange Commission rejected the plan in June, saying cryptocurrency markets are too ripe for fraud and manipulation. Grayscale sued, asking a federal appeals court to overturn a decision the company called arbitrary.
The legal battle before a three-judge panel in Washington has big implications for the crypto industry because it could clear the way for similar ETFs, fueling a major expansion of the market by making it easier for everyday investors to bet on the success or failure of digital assets.
Source: Risk of Widespread Bitcoin Investing at Heart of Grayscale-SEC Legal Fight – Bloomberg