Crypto platform dYdX chooses Cayman Islands for operations as US tightens DeFi oversight


  • dYdX to move operations to the Cayman Islands for legal protection, backed by 90% community vote.
  • The relocation involves setting up a Cayman Islands foundation to leverage favorable crypto laws.

dYdX, a decentralized exchange, after the community referendum with over 90% support, has announced its decision to operate from the Cayman Islands partially. However, this move is targeted to reduce the probable legal risks because the United States security regulators have been concentrating on decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols. 

Despite dYdX not having any operations within the US, the platform is proactively reacting to potential actions by the US authorities, as they have a precedent of going after such projects that are based outside their jurisdiction.

Community referendum and regulatory framework

The restructuring includes moving the dYdX Operating Trust (DOT) to a freshly formed Cayman Islands foundation company known as the dYdX Foundation. This action is a reaction to the growing attention from the U.S. securities regulators, particularly the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which has stepped up the supervision of the DeFi protocols. The Cayman Islands were opted for because of their regulatory treatment towards digital assets and because they provided a legal structure to shield the personal assets of management of foundation companies.

Recent regulatory actions

The context of dYdX relocation includes recent U.S. authorities’ actions towards other DeFi projects. For example, in the case of SushiSwap, the SEC released a subpoena on it and one of the leading contributors, which implies possible enforcement actions. Furthermore, DeFi organization ShapeShift has agreed to pay a lawsuit by the SEC by transferring $275,000. These cases are the manifestation of the increasing attention of U.S. regulators toward DeFi platforms and highlight the legal complexities that entities in the crypto sector have to navigate.

Through relocation to the Cayman Islands, dYdX wants to utilize the jurisdiction’s crypto-friendly laws, as well as to save contributors from legal risks. This strategic choice is the attempt of the platform to survive in the multi-legal environment and guarantee its long-term operation stability.

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Damilola Lawrence

Damilola is a crypto enthusiast, content writer, and journalist. When he is not writing, he spends most of his time reading and keeping tabs on exciting projects in the blockchain space. He also studies the ramifications of Web3 and blockchain development to have a stake in the future economy.

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