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In a recent memorandum filed on June 13, 2023, Ripple, the company behind XRP, has challenged the application of the Howey Analysis in the ongoing XRP case. The memo presents a detailed argument asserting that XRP does not meet the criteria to be classified as a security. Let’s explore the key points raised in the memorandum.
Challenging the Howey Test
The Howey Test, a well-known legal framework, defines an “investment contract” by evaluating specific features. Ripple contests each element, seeking to establish that XRP does not qualify as a security.
Ripple argues that XRP is not promoted as an investment of money. It contends that investors acquire XRP tokens through means other than traditional monetary investments, suggesting that XRP’s nature is distinct from traditional securities.
The memorandum challenges the notion of a common enterprise, asserting that an investment in XRP does not rely on the interwoven fortunes of other investors or the efforts of the promoter. Ripple claims that XRP’s structure does not exhibit the horizontal or vertical commonality typically associated with investment contracts.
Ripple maintains that XRP is primarily designed to have consumptive uses, rather than being oriented towards generating profits. It highlights the intended utility of XRP as a means of facilitating fast, low-cost cross-border transactions, positioning it more as a digital asset with practical applications.
Minimal Reliance on Entrepreneurial Efforts
The memo argues that XRP owners do not primarily rely on the entrepreneurial or managerial efforts of others to realize profits. Ripple suggests that the value and utility of XRP are not contingent upon the actions or initiatives of third parties, distinguishing it from traditional securities.
“Based on the above analysis , and subject to the qualifications and assumptions set forth herein, we believe as of the date of this memorandum that you have reasonable grounds to conclude that XRP does not satisfy all elements of the Howey Analysis and is therefore not a ‘security’ for the purpose of the fed.” – Memorandum
With the filing of the memorandum challenging the application of the Howey Analysis, Ripple aims to establish that XRP should not be classified as a security. This development introduces a critical perspective in the ongoing XRP case, adding to the complexities surrounding the regulatory status of cryptocurrencies. The outcome of this legal argument will likely have significant implications for Ripple, XRP investors, and the broader cryptocurrency industry.