Nexo Capital to pay $45M for selling unregistered crypto lending product
Nexo Capital agreed to pay a total of $45 million in penalties to settle state and federal charges it failed to register its crypto asset lending product as a security.
The settlements, announced Thursday by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), each included fines of $22.5 million. Nexo also agreed to cease the offering and sale of its lending product.
Nexo, founded in 2018 and incorporated in the Cayman Islands, specializes in lending products linked to cryptocurrency. According to the SEC’s order, Nexo marketed its Earn Interest Product (EIP) to U.S. investors starting in or around June 2020 with the promise it would earn interest for investors who loaned their cryptocurrency to Nexo.