Key highlights:

  • The CEO of Coinbase has stated that the cryptocurrency exchange may move to a different location if there is no clear regulations in the U.S.
  • According to Brian Armstrong, the crypto industry has the potential to flourish in the US market.
  • The United States SEC recently issued a Wells Notice to Coinbase.

Coinbase might relocate its headquarters

Coinbase‘s CEO, Brian Armstrong, stated that due to regulatory uncertainty, the cryptocurrency exchange may consider moving its headquarters from the United States.

He says that if the SEC does not provide clear laws and regulations. Then Coinbase will look for a different location where it can do business without fear of regulatory action.

Armstrong states this at Fintech Week in London. He states that the crypto ecosystem in the US is being impacted because of the uncertainty in its regulatory environment.

He says that they have received a Wells Notice, which is a warning from the SEC indicating that it may take enforcement action against Coinbase.

During a conversation, George Osbourne asked Armstrong about Coinbase’s potential departure from the U.S, and Armstrong responds as follows;

“We are willing to consider relocating or taking any necessary steps. Currently, the U.S. lacks regulatory clarity, which is hindering its potential to be a valuable crypto market. If the regulatory environment in the U.S. does not improve in the next few years, we may have to explore investment opportunities abroad.”

Coinbase has been a popular choice among traders and investors who want to be involved in the digital currency sector. The potential move to another country could indicate a larger shift for the crypto industry and provide further insight into its future.

Armstrong also mentions that Coinbase would continue to work with regulators in the U.S., no matter what decision is reached.

In addition, Armstrong notes that Coinbase’s focus will remain on promoting decentralized finance and blockchain technology as well as providing. A secure and compliant platform for its customers.

He emphasized that the company’s mission is to create an open financial system, which they believe should be accessible to everyone.

UK’s regulatory airspace is transparent

Armstrong praises the regulatory efforts in the United Kingdom, highlighting the fact that. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is the sole regulatory agency responsible for managing securities and commodities.

He also notes that the UK’s regulatory airspace is transparent, with clear lines of communication between companies and regulators.

However, in the United States, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulates securities, while the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) handles commodities. Armstrong adds that;

“It is difficult to run a business when the CFTC and the SEC conflict in their jurisdictions, resulting in conflicting statements from their respective leaders every few weeks. We need a clear set of rules to operate smoothly.”

About Coinbase

Coinbase is a US-based cryptocurrency exchange and brokerage firm based in San Francisco, California. Coinbase was established in 2012 by Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam, who both previously worked at Airbnb.

The firm allows users to buy, sell and store digital currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and more. The company has over 35 million users globally with operations in over 100 countries.


At this time, there have been no official decisions made by Coinbase regarding a potential move to England. However, Armstrong has made it clear that the company will continue to evaluate all options to best serve its customers; and it’s business goals.

With the regulatory uncertainty in the US, Coinbase remains open to the possibility of relocating overseas if it becomes necessary.

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James Atkins

I have been writing copy for blockchain-related projects since 2017. I understand the importance of being able to communicate clearly and effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences. By leveraging my understanding of the crypto industry trends, I can help increase adoption in this rapidly evolving landscape.