Robert Ellison noted that a regulatory framework for staking is achievable because the concept is very easy to understand.
Cointelegraph’s managing editor Alex Cohen interviewed Figment’s staking marketing director Robert Ellison at the European Blockchain Convention (EBC) 2022. The duo discussed topics like educating regulators on blockchain and crypto, how businesses navigate uncertain regulatory landscapes and regulating staking.
According to Ellision, it’s very important to educate regulators in the space to mitigate the risks of them going overboard without understanding the basics. The Figment executive mentioned that clear understanding is very important because of the complicated nature of the space. He explained that:
Apart from educating regulators, the duo also spoke about how businesses navigate the space amid regulatory uncertainty. Some companies opt to go ahead with their projects and would rather ask for forgiveness later rather than permission in advance. Ellison said that:
Ellison also commented that some regions provide more certainty for businesses than others. Citing wrapped assets as an example, the Figment executive explained that if you’re in America, getting into wrapped assets is a “riskier move” because you’re not sure if it may get regulated soon.
When asked if a regulatory framework is necessary for staking to go mainstream, Ellison noted that a framework for staking is very achievable. However, the staking marketing director said that regulations for staking are not a priority for regulators. He highlighted that:
According to Ellison, lending platforms and stablecoins are currently on the list of priorities for regulators. He noted that currently, staking is not on that priority list as regulators put “what is the most risk to the public” on their focus first before they move on to the less risky aspects of crypto.