Crypto Regulation: The Unavoidable Elephant in the Room

Sheesha Finance
3 min readMar 9, 2023

Hey Sheeshans, do you remember that time when your parents used to lecture you on the importance of following the rules? Well, it looks like they were on to something because even the big boys in the financial world are being told off for not playing by the rules. That’s right, the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has been told that they have to regulate the crypto market, and it’s not something they’re particularly excited about.

During a recent hearing with the House of Commons’ Treasury Committee, the FCA officials were asked about their stance on crypto regulation. Let’s just say that they were about as thrilled as a teenager who just got grounded for staying out past curfew. FCA Chair Ashley Alder didn’t hold back when he said that crypto “needs to be appropriately tough” when it comes to regulation.

Former FCA chair Charles Randell went even further, calling crypto “gambling pure and simple.” Ouch! But you know what they say, the truth hurts. While Alder agreed with Randell’s sentiment, he did point out that financial regulators are the only ones who can regulate the crypto market effectively.

Now, you might be thinking that regulation is a good thing, right? After all, it’s supposed to protect us from bad actors and make sure that everyone is playing by the same rules. However, FCA CEO Nikhil Rathi was quick to point out that regulation doesn’t necessarily eliminate all the risks involved with crypto. So, even with regulation in place, we still have to be careful.

But hey, it’s not all bad news. According to Rathi, most British crypto holders only own a few hundred pounds’ worth of cryptocurrency. So, if you’re one of those people, you probably don’t have to worry too much about regulation.

All in all, it looks like the FCA has a tough job ahead of them. They have to regulate the crypto market while acknowledging that it’s not a perfect solution. But hey, if it means that we can all sleep a little easier at night knowing that the bad guys are being kept at bay, then it’s a small price to pay.

What are the Benefits of Incubators like Sheesha Finance on Regulation:

Firstly, given the complex and rapidly evolving nature of crypto regulation, incubators like Sheesha Finance can provide startups with valuable guidance and support in navigating regulatory challenges. This can help startups to stay compliant with regulations, avoid potential legal issues, and ensure that they are able to operate effectively within the crypto ecosystem.

Secondly, incubators can help startups to stay up-to-date with regulatory developments and changes. By providing startups with access to regulatory experts and other resources, incubators can help them to stay informed about new regulations, changes to existing regulations, and other relevant developments. This can be crucial for startups who need to stay on top of regulatory changes in order to remain compliant and competitive.

Thirdly, incubators can provide startups with access to legal and regulatory resources that they may not be able to afford on their own. This can include legal advice, compliance support, and other resources that can help startups to meet regulatory requirements and operate more effectively within the crypto ecosystem.

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Writer: Nathan Cooper, Chief Program and Innovation Officer at Sheesha Finance

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