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Jump Crypto's Kanav Kariya Steps Down

The move comes after a report that the CFTC is investigating the firm's trading practices.
David C David C Jun 24, 20241 min read
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Jump Crypto's Kanav Kariya Steps Down

Jump Crypto president Kanav Kariya announced he is stepping down from Jump, an announcement that comes just days after the CFTC's investigation into Jump Trading's crypto activities was made public.

What's the scoop?

  • Kanav Kariya's Departure: In his announcement, Kariya did not mention the CFTC investigation, only sharing that he plans to stay engaged with portfolio companies.
  • CFTC Investigation: Last week, it came to light that the CFTC is investigating Jump Trading's crypto trading and investing activities. However, this is part of a broader regulatory effort by the CFTC and SEC to scrutinize crypto companies and does not imply any wrongdoing.
  • Background Context: Jump was implicated in the TerraUSD de-peg incident, making $1.28B during the ecosystem's collapse, but faced no charges.

Bankless Take

Kanav Kariya’s departure certainly comes at a tumultuous time for Jump Trading, with the CFTC investigation adding another dimension. While it could be nothing, this investigation does come quickly after Do Kwon reached a settlement with the SEC, and, while this is the CFTC’s investigation, Jump’s place in the Terra de-peg could imply a connection between these events. All in all, the most eyebrow-raising element of this ordeal certainly comes from Kanav’s explicit avoidance of mentioning the investigation to any degree in his departure announcement.

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David is a writer/analyst at Bankless. Prior to joining Bankless, he worked for a series of early-stage crypto startups and on grants from the Ethereum, Solana, and Urbit Foundations. He graduated from Skidmore College in New York. He currently lives in the Midwest and enjoys NFTs, but no longer participates in them.

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