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SEC Issues Wells Notice to Paxos: What You Need to Know

• The SEC issued a Wells Notice to Paxos on February 3rd, indicating that they were under investigation.
• A Wells Notice outlines the charges that the regulator plans to bring and allows the respondent to submit a written statement.
• The notice alleged that BUSD, Paxos‘ stablecoin, was an unregistered security.

What is a Wells Notice?

A Wells Notice is a document issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to entities under investigation. It outlines the substance of the charges that the regulator plans to bring and allows the respondent to submit a written statement before any action is taken. This practice was established in 1972 by SEC Chairman William J. Casey as part of recommendations from the „Wells Committee“.

Paxos Received a Wells Notice

On February 21, Paxos halted the issuance of new BUSD tokens after it was given a Wells Notice alleging that BUSD was an unregistered security. In their disagreement with this decision, PAXOS stated that there are no other allegations against them aside from this one regarding BUSD. However, it is noteworthy that USDP and BUSD are essentially identical except for reliance on different blockchains: USDP relies on Ethereum while BUSD relies on Binance Smart Chain.

Potential Consequences of Receiving A Wells Notice

It is important to note that receiving a Wells Notice does not necessarily mean legal action will be taken; however, it indicates that enforcement action may be considered in the future if certain criteria are met. Therefore, companies should take such notices seriously and make sure they have adequate resources available for defense if necessary.

Impact of Receiving A Wells Notice

When receiving such notices, businesses must also consider how this might affect public perception or investor confidence in their product or service. Companies must understand potential implications such as potential financial loss due to negative publicity or reputational damage caused by investigations into their activities.


In summary, receiving a Wells Notice can have serious implications both legally and financially for businesses under investigation by regulators like the SEC or FINRA. Companies must act quickly when faced with such notices in order to minimize any potential damage or losses associated with them and protect their reputation in light of an ongoing investigation