Reply from SEC (Case Mercado Pago)

Dear Maitreya Samyaksambuddha:

Thank you for contacting the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

We appreciate your informing us of your concerns about Marcos Galperin and Mercado Libre. The Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) processes many complaints received from individual investors and others. We keep records of the correspondence we receive in a searchable database that SEC staff may make use of in inspections, examinations, and investigations. In addition, some correspondence received by OIEA is referred directly to other SEC offices and divisions for their review.  If they have any questions or wish to respond directly to your comments, they will contact you.

The SEC conducts its investigations on a confidential and nonpublic basis and neither confirms nor denies the existence of an investigation unless the SEC brings charges against someone involved. We do this to protect the integrity and effectiveness of our investigative process and to preserve the privacy of the individuals and entities involved. As a result, we will be unable to confirm whether an investigation exists or provide you with any updates on the status of your complaint or of any pending SEC investigation. You may wish to search our website, www.sec.gov, for information about any enforcement actions related to Marcos Galperin or Mercado Libre.

Thank you again for contacting us.

Sincerely,

Steven G. Johnston
Special Counsel
Office of Investor Education and Advocacy
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
(202) 551-6349
http://www.sec.gov
http://www.investor.gov
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