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Pantera Capital CEO: Ripple’s SEC Victory Is a Positive Black Swan

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In Brief

  • Ripple achieves victory in a three-year legal tussle with the SEC, setting a significant precedent that many XRP sales are not securities.
  • Pantera Capital's CEO, Dan Morehead, previously identified regulatory clarity as a potential "positive black swan" in the crypto world.
  • Despite the legal win, XRP's price surge post-verdict has been eroded, with prices now approximating levels before the SEC challenge.
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The cryptocurrency industry recently witnessed a watershed event – the resolution of Ripple Labs’ three-year tussle with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

When the CEO of Pantera Capital was previously asked about potential black swan events in the crypto market, regulatory clarity emerged as an unexpected yet welcomed surprise. Indeed, according to Dan Morehead, Ripple’s recent victory could be considered as just that – a positive black swan.

Ripple’s Win Against the SEC

Observers in the crypto industry have closely watched the SEC lawsuit against Ripple. The SEC claimed that Ripple’s sale of XRP tokens was equivalent to the unauthorized sale of securities.

Ripple’s victory has now set a legal precedent that challenges the SEC’s stance, as many sales of XRP tokens are not securities. Stakeholders in the cryptocurrency market, from investors to developers, have eagerly awaited this clarity, and its implications may be profound.

“Everybody ignores black swans until one happens. But if you make me say something, I would say regulatory clarity is the one thing nobody’s expecting. We’ve been an investor in Ripple since day one, and…it’s like 50/50, right? That Ripple wins,” Pantera Capital CEO Dan Morehead said.

The verdict’s nuances underscore the layered nature of Ripple’s XRP distributions. District Judge Analisa Torres designated Institutional Sales as securities, while Programmatic Sales, Other Distributions, and CEO/CLO Sales escaped this classification.

“That could be the positive black swan that we’re all concerned about. The next ‘shoe to drop’ could be a nice thing,” Morehead added.

Pantera Capital CEO’s insights that regulatory clarity could serve as a surprising boon for the crypto sector appear prescient. Yet, the winds of the crypto market are unpredictable.

XRP’s Price Is Back to Square One

Post-victory, XRP saw a price surge, possibly riding the euphoria of the favorable ruling. But as Morehead alluded to the unpredictable nature of black swans, the bullish sentiment did not sustain.

The bearish market, possibly compounded by broader external factors, has since pulled XRP prices down, erasing most post-verdict gains. As observed recently, XRP traded at a diminished rate, almost reminiscent of the levels before the SEC’s legal challenge.

Ripple XRP Price Performance
XRP Price Performance. Source: TradingView

The tug-of-war between Ripple’s victory and the market’s bearish sentiment paints a multifaceted picture. BeInCrypto’s Global Head of News, Ali Martinez, maintains that short-term holders have been “offloading heavily this past week” accelerating the downward pressure.

Even as Ripple navigated the complexities of the legal system, achieving a “positive black swan,” as Morehead explained, contends with the volatility of the cryptocurrency market.

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Bary Rahma
Bary Rahma is a senior journalist at BeInCrypto, where she covers a broad spectrum of topics including crypto exchange-traded funds (ETFs), artificial intelligence (AI), tokenization of real-world assets (RWA), and the altcoin market. Prior to this, she was a content writer for Binance, producing in-depth research reports on cryptocurrency trends, market analysis, decentralized finance (DeFi), digital asset regulations, blockchain, initial coin offerings (ICOs), and tokenomics. Bary also...