|Submitted||April 12, 2022|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
1. All documents and communications sent to and from Coinbase, Inc. from January 2012 which includes all letters and emails to the following individuals: Brian Armstrong, Emilie Choi, and Paul Grewal
The scope of the above item in this request includes all communications sent from the Securities Exchange Commission and the head officer of the Division of Enforcement
2. All memos created by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Division of Enforcement that contains the following words and phrases (non-inclusive): Yuga Labs, Bored Ape Yacht Club, and ApeCoin from November 2021 to the present date
3. All emails between SEC commissioners that includes the following phrases, Yuga Labs, Bored Ape Yacht Club, and ApeCoin
4. All physical and digital communications sent to and from Yuga Labs (https://yuga.com) from the SEC commission or the Division of Enforcement that includes the following phrases: Yuga Labs, Bored Ape Yacht Club, ApeCoin, security, and token from April 2021 to the present date
5. All emails sent to and from the head of the Division of Enforcement since April 2020 that has the following words and phrases: Coinbase LEND, stablecoin lending, Coinbase, token, and coinbase investigation
6. All communications from the FOIA office to the Division of Enforcement regarding FOIA request 22-00250 and 22-00251
I hereby request a fee waiver for this FOIA request based on the current public interest in the government's stance of cryptocurrencies and NFTs potentially being treated as securities. The records requested pertain to possible investigations and related communications between parties that have had a major impact on the cryptocurrency space. The records requested will likely contribute to the understanding since it will gain insight into how the SEC has interacted with a cryptocurrency exchange over the years and will allow for a determination as to whether the government has any plans to securitize digital creations known as non-fungible tokens. It should be known that over the past two years there has been an influx of people that have a Coinbase account or a Metamask wallet that contains either cryptocurrency or non-fungible tokens. There has been stated to be over 56 million users that have a Coinbase account, of which at least six million users actively trade cryptocurrency (https://backlinko.com/coinbase-users?msclkid=05ddd511ba7e11ec899343ed0df9bd83). Yuga Labs have become a relevant theme in culture and financial news, especially with the recent release of ApeCoin which has a current market cap of over $3 billion dollars. Upon searching the term Bored Ape Yacht Club, there has been over 14,000 related stories which shows the interest in the project and also Yuga Labs. The release of the records will give insight to those who are looking for an accurate depiction of how the government has interacted with various entities. There is currently no information that is readily available that will give as much insight such as documents and emails from the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
Hello Mr. Gomez,
This message concerns your attached request which contains 6 items. Item number 6 has been designated as request number 22-01853-FOIA and assigned to me for processing. Item number 6 is for "All communications from the FOIA office to the Division of Enforcement regarding FOIA requests 22-00250 and 22-00251."
We have different categories of requests that may contain the same request number but with a different extension such as 22-00250-FOIA; 22-00250-T; 22-00250-E. In order to process item 6 of your request, please provide the full request numbers for the 22-00250 and 22-00251 of interest to you. We will place this request on hold until we receive the necessary information from you.
Warren E. Jackson
Office of FOIA Services
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
100 F Street, NE - SP 2
Washington, DC 20549
I hope that this email finds you well. Both requests are as follows: 22-00250-FOIA and 22-00251-FOIA. I hope this clarifies the request. Thank you.
Thank you for the information.