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It's OpenSeason for Regulatory Enforcement

How the crypto industry should view recent insider trading charges.

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Published on: Jun 3, 2022

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io, NEAR and FTX US.

In September, then-OpenSea product manager Nate Chastain was discovered to be front running the market by using secret addresses to buy non-fungible tokens (NFT) from collections that the site was about to feature on its homepage. This week, Chastain was arrested in what the U.S. Department of Justice called the “First Ever Digital Asset Insider Trading Scheme.” On today’s episode, NLW breaks down the charges and the community’s reaction.

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. Jared Schwartz is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. The music you heard today behind our sponsors is “Catnip” by Famous Cats and “I Don't Know How To Explain It” by Aaron Sprinkle. Image credit: microgen/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at discord.gg/VrKRrfKCz8.