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Crafting Balanced Regulations for Decentralized Finance: Comparative Analysis and Policy Recommendations

Decentralized finance (DeFi) built on public blockchain technology has introduced groundbreaking financial innovation through disintermediated peer-to-peer transactional architectures. By eliminating centralized intermediaries, DeFi expands access to an open ecosystem of decentralized financial services including lending, trading, derivatives, insurance, savings, asset management, crowdfunding and more. However, DeFi's disruptive nature also introduces significant regulatory challenges worldwide. Most DeFi platforms operate autonomously outside existing policy frameworks crafted around regulated entities in traditional finance. The pseudo-anonymous execution of transactions via non-custodial wallets and smart contracts risks enabling illicit activities like money laundering at unprecedented scale. Furthermore, the complexity of cross-border DeFi structures stresses traditional financial oversight dependent on fragmented national regimes. As innovation continues outpacing governance adaptation, regulators across jurisdictions grapple with crafting balanced oversight solutions without constraining beneficial advancement. This paper undertakes a comparative legal analysis of emerging legislative approaches to governing Decentralized finance (DeFi) across major developed and developing economies. It examines key tensions between DeFi's unique technical architecture and regulations designed around centralized intermediaries. Challenges are identified in combating illicit finance, protecting consumers, ensuring stability and promoting fair competition in the rapidly evolving DeFi ecosystem. The analysis assesses risks including money laundering, investor protection, systemic threats and blockchain immutability. It also reviews regulatory initiatives and debates involving global standard-setters and national authorities in jurisdictions like the United States, European Union, China, Singapore, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates. While most countries remain at early stages of tailored DeFi governance, recommendations are presented on crafting international regulatory strategies and oversight coalitions to harness DeFi’s opportunities while safeguarding public interests. Promising policy directions include regulating activities over entities, proactive developer engagement, leveraging regulatory technologies, incentivizing accountability, enabling pilot programs, and nurturing open-source collaboration. With prudent regulatory modernization centered on multi-stakeholder collaboration and industry consultation, DeFi has the potential to fulfill its promise of expanding financial access, efficiency and resiliency for the benefit of economies and communities worldwide.

Decentralized Finance, DeFi, Crypto-Assets, Blockchain, Financial Regulation, Governance

Makhamadkhujaeva Munisakhon Nematkhujaevna. (2023). Crafting Balanced Regulations for Decentralized Finance: Comparative Analysis and Policy Recommendations. International Journal of Accounting, Finance and Risk Management, 8(4), 89-93.

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