Nikhilesh De

Nikhilesh De

Nikhilesh De is CoinDesk's managing editor for global policy and regulation, covering regulators, lawmakers and institutions. When he's not reporting on digital assets and policy, he can be found admiring Amtrak or building LEGO trains. He owns < $50 in BTC and < $20 in ETH. He was named the Association of Cryptocurrency Journalists and Researchers' Journalist of the Year in 2020.

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Tornado Cash's Roman Storm, second from left, and his legal team – Brian Klein (left), Keri Axel and Kevin Casey – outside court in New York. (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)
Conduct Versus Code May Be the Defining Question in Roman Storm Prosecution
Prosecutors and Roman Storm's attorneys met in court Friday to argue over motions to dismiss the charges against the developer and address evidentiary questions.
Tornado Cash's Roman Storm, second from left, and his legal team – Brian Klein (left), Keri Axel and Kevin Casey – outside court in New York. (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)
SEC Chair Gary Gensler (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)
Judge Sends Coinbase Back to the Drawing Board Over Efforts to Subpoena SEC’s Gary Gensler
The New York judge overseeing the SEC’s case against Coinbase said the crypto exchange’s attempts to subpoena Gensler’s personal devices were surprising – “and not in a good...
SEC Chair Gary Gensler (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)
(Rob Mitchell)
What Still Needs to Happen Before Spot Ether ETFs Can Trade
Spot ether exchange-traded funds may begin trading as soon as this Friday or in a few weeks.
(Rob Mitchell)
Gary Wang (left) and Nishad Singh both pleaded guilty to criminal charges and testified against their former boss and friend, FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried. (Victor Chen, Nikhilesh De, modified by CoinDesk)
Former FTX Execs Nishad Singh, Gary Wang to Be Sentenced Later This Year
The duo pled guilty to criminal fraud charges and testified against their former boss, Sam Bankman-Fried, last year.
Gary Wang (left) and Nishad Singh both pleaded guilty to criminal charges and testified against their former boss and friend, FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried. (Victor Chen, Nikhilesh De, modified by CoinDesk)
SEC office (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)
When Do Secondary Token Sales Violate Howey?
A federal judge allowed most of the SEC's arguments against Binance to proceed but specifically dismissed a charge tied to secondary sales.
SEC office (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)
Silvergate Bank collapsed in 2023. (Will Foxley/CoinDesk)
Crypto-Friendly Silvergate Bank Pays $63M to Settle Charges With SEC, Fed, California Regulator
Silvergate's executives were aware of 'critical deficiencies' in the bank's anti-money laundering protections, the SEC alleged.
Silvergate Bank collapsed in 2023. (Will Foxley/CoinDesk)
Changpeng Zhao, commonly known as "CZ", founder and CEO of Binance, at Davos in 2023. (Casper Labs)
U.S. Judge Lets Most of SEC Case Against Binance Proceed, Dismisses Secondary Sales Charge
A federal judge ruled the SEC had plausibly alleged Binance, Binance.US and Changpeng Zhao violated federal securities laws.
Changpeng Zhao, commonly known as "CZ", founder and CEO of Binance, at Davos in 2023. (Casper Labs)
Joe Lubin, Founder and CEO of Consensys, speaks at Consensus 2024 by CoinDesk. (Shutterstock/CoinDesk/Suzanne Cordiero)
SEC Sues Consensys Over MetaMask Staking, Broker Allegations
The SEC alleged that MetaMask acted as an unregistered securities broker and that its staking service violated securities laws.
Joe Lubin, Founder and CEO of Consensys, speaks at Consensus 2024 by CoinDesk. (Shutterstock/CoinDesk/Suzanne Cordiero)
Former President Donald Trump (left) and President Joe Biden (right) debated in Atlanta on Thursday night. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Crypto Unmentioned at First 2024 U.S. Presidential Debate
The crypto industry hoped for a question about regulatory or related issues, but the lengthy debate focused on other matters.
Former President Donald Trump (left) and President Joe Biden (right) debated in Atlanta on Thursday night. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) speaks at Consensus 2024. (Shutterstock/CoinDesk)
Ron Wyden on FISA Reform and Crypto
The senior Senator from Oregon spoke at Consensus 2024 last month.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) speaks at Consensus 2024. (Shutterstock/CoinDesk)