Regulatory action against Mango Markets exploiter is a win for DeFi — Moody’s
Recent charges brought against Mango Markets exploiter Avraham Eisenberg will have a positive impact on the decentralized finance (DeFi) space, according to credit rating firm Moody’s.
In a Jan. 31 note from Moody’s Investor Service, assistant vice president of decentralized finance Cristiano Ventricelli stated that enforcement actions brought by the two leading U.S. market regulators in January mean that DeFi is moving toward a “safer and more welcoming environment.”
“The fact that both the SEC and CFTC took action against market manipulation by an alleged rogue trader is a credit positive for the industry as a whole.
Ventricelli stated that these actions could “improve oversight of the DeFi industry” which has for the most part been a difficult area to regulate due to the lack of clarity regarding jurisdiction over open-source protocols.
On Jan. 20, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed charges against the alleged market manipulator, while the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed charges against Eisenberg on Jan. 9.
Ventricelli made a similar comment in an article tweeted out by Moody’s on Jan. 26 but he went into more detail in the Jan. 31 note.
A man has been charged with orchestrating an attack on the Mango Markets trading platform to steal $116M of #crypto assets. Moody’s Cristiano Ventricelli comments on the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s move. More on digital finance: https://t.co/pGDxM9u42T@SECGov pic.twitter.com/HLFILPGQOR
— Moody’s Investors Service (@MoodysInvSvc) January 25, 2023
The report suggested that DeFi is “no longer a no man’s land,” referring to a June speech by European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde to the European Parliament, where she argued that Europe’s crypto legislation, Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA), should be expanded to include a framework for decentralized finance.
Ventricelli suggested that this safer environment could lead to wider adoption among institutional investors “such as banks,” as well as retail investors.
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CFTC’s filing alleged that Eisenberg “engaged in a manipulative and deceptive scheme to artificially inflate the price of swaps offered by Mango Markets.”
The SEC filing alleged that Eisenberg’s actions “left the platform at a deficit” when the security price returned to its pre-manipulation level.
Mango Labs, the company behind Mango Markets, filed its own lawsuit against Eisenberg on Jan. 25, demanding $47 million in damages plus interest over his alleged October exploit.