Allison Herren Lee, one among 5 members of the US Securities and Trade Fee’s board, has formally left the regulatory physique after greater than three years as a commissioner.
In a Friday announcement, chair Gary Gensler and commissioners Hester Peirce, Mark Uyeda, and Caroline Crenshaw said Lee had left the SEC, the place in 2005 she began as a employees lawyer on the company’s enforcement division at a regional workplace in Denver. She moved on to be appointed a commissioner in 2019 below the previous presidential administration, and later served as performing chair to the regulatory physique for 3 months, till Gensler’s affirmation in April 2021.
“Commissioner Lee has been a stalwart advocate for robust and secure markets, together with by emphasizing the necessity for market individuals to take care of the very best moral requirements,” mentioned the remaining commissioners in a joint assertion.
Lee first announced her departure from the SEC in March, with President Joe Biden in April nominating her alternative, Jaime Lizárraga, a staffer for Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Senate confirmed Lizárraga’s nomination on June 16 for a time period on the SEC ending on June 5, 2027.
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— Hester Peirce (@HesterPeirce) April 6, 2022
Throughout her time on the SEC, Lee mentioned the fee wanted to “evolve with altering applied sciences” in reference to crypto regulation, including that the federal government physique ought to keep its rules. Lizárraga has largely made few if any public statements on crypto and blockchain. The Pelosi staffer was in authorities as lawmakers ready laws to deal with the monetary disaster of 2008, and was a part of efforts behind the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.
The SEC, together with the Commodity Futures Buying and selling Fee and Monetary Crimes Enforcement Community, handles digital asset regulation in the US, however with completely different jurisdictional claims, leading to a patchwork method that crypto companies should navigate to function. It is unclear what impression the departure of Lee and the addition of Lizárraga will probably have on the regulation and enforcement of the crypto house.