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Crypto Weekly Recap: Do Kwon Convicted, Meme Coins Soar, Ripple’s Stablecoin Plans

In the latest developments in the crypto world, Terraform Labs’ founder, Do Kwon, faced legal turmoil as a New York jury found him guilty of fraud charges. Meanwhile, meme coins dominated the narrative in the first quarter of 2024, with an astonishing average return of 1,312%. Additionally, Ripple announced its intentions to launch a USD-backed stablecoin. Here’s a comprehensive recap of the week’s highlights:

Do Kwon’s Legal Woes: Do Kwon, the founder of Terraform Labs, encountered legal troubles as a New York jury rendered a guilty verdict against him following a two-week trial. The U.S. SEC had levied fraud charges against him, leading to this outcome. Despite uncertainties regarding extradition from Montenegro, where a prior decision for his extradition was revoked, Do Kwon’s legal battles intensified.

Meme Coin Mania: Meme coins surged in popularity, with Solana emerging as a preferred platform for successful projects. Notably, the BNB Chain ecosystem introduced a program incentivizing meme coin developers with prizes up to $1 million. CoinGecko’s report confirmed the meme coin narrative as the most profitable in Q1 2024, with impressive returns. However, the sector also witnessed challenges, such as the CONDOM project’s alleged exit scam, causing losses for investors.

Global Adoption and Regulatory Landscape: Institutional interest in blockchain and cryptocurrencies rose globally. GF Securities launched the first tokenized commercial paper in Hong Kong using Ethereum, while ZA Bank announced plans for a specialized banking service for stablecoin issuers. Ripple revealed its forthcoming launch of a USD-backed stablecoin. However, regulatory efforts intensified, with Argentina mandating registration for entities involved in crypto activities and Lithuania planning stricter regulations by 2025. The legal battle between Nigerian authorities and Binance continued, with regulatory woes also impacting KuCoin, evident from a significant drop in its Bitcoin balance.

SEC’s Clarity Stance and U.S. Government Actions: Amidst regulatory uncertainty in the U.S., the SEC emphasized the industry’s clarity while criticizing its compliance standards. Investor concerns arose as the U.S. government transferred a substantial amount of BTC seized from Silk Road to Coinbase, sparking fears of potential market selloffs.

As the crypto landscape evolves, regulatory challenges persist alongside industry innovations, shaping the future trajectory of the digital asset space.

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