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January 09, 2024

Spot Bitcoin ETF Progress: BlackRock and VanEck Swiftly Amend S-1 Forms Following SEC Feedback

BlackRock and VanEck address SEC comments, amending S-1 Forms for Spot Bitcoin ETFs in a swift move

Investment management firms BlackRock and VanEck submitted amended S-1 Forms for their spot Bitcoin exchange traded fund (ETF) applications to respond to final comments from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The forms filed today reveal minor adjustments, incorporating language addressing potential insolvency of an authorized participant or Bitcoin trading counterparty, and emphasize potential conflicts of interest. Additionally, warnings have been included for potential investors regarding scenarios of impaired liquidity.

Bloomberg ETF analyst Eric Balchunas, noted on X (formerly Twitter) that both parties were interested in corrections being made fast: 

Moving forward, these issuers await SEC approval for their 19b-4 forms and for their S-1 filings to become effective. Trading will be able to commence the day after these processes have been completed.

Asset managers amend  S-1 Forms

The SEC issued comments to certain prospective issuers yesterday, following the submission of their latest forms. These comments focused on minor details and weren’t anticipated to cause delays in the applications.

The amended S-1 forms submitted on Monday also provided final details. Multiple providers, including Valkyrie, Bitwise, Grayscale, Invesco, BlackRock, ARK 21Shares, VanEck, and WisdomTree, offered insights into the proposed fee structures by each entity, offering a clearer understanding of their competitive positioning in the evolving cryptocurrency market.

Some companies introduced zero fees for a limited time, with Bitwise offering the lowest fixed fee of 0.24%. ARK 21Shares is closely behind, aiming for a fee structure of 0.25%, and BlackRock proposing a fee structure of 0.3%.

With fast responses and updated filings, BlackRock and VanEck are accelerating document submissions to facilitate the SEC processing them ahead of the spot Bitcoin ETF approval deadline.

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Alisa is a reporter for the Metaverse Post. She focuses on investments, AI, metaverse, and everything related to Web3. Alisa has a degree in Business of Art and expertise in Art & Tech. She has developed her passion for journalism through writing for VCs, notable crypto projects, and scientific writing. You can contact her at [email protected]

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Alisa Davidson

Alisa is a reporter for the Metaverse Post. She focuses on investments, AI, metaverse, and everything related to Web3. Alisa has a degree in Business of Art and expertise in Art & Tech. She has developed her passion for journalism through writing for VCs, notable crypto projects, and scientific writing. You can contact her at [email protected]

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