Politics, Legal & Regulation

Reading the Tea Leaves: Doug Ellenoff Shares Opinion on SEC Enforcement Action Against Two Post DAO Report ICO Issuers

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against two initial coin offerings (ICOs): Paragon (Paragon Coin Inc.) and AirFox (CarrierEQ Inc. dba Airfox). As the SEC recounted in their Administrative filing: Airfox: “Between August and October 2017, AirFox offered and then… Read More

Following Settlement with the SEC, Paragon Claims it is “Making History” Calls SEC Enforcement Action a Positive Agreement

Cannabis focused blockchain startup Paragon (Paragon Coin) has issued a press release following the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) announcement last week that Paragon had settled with the SEC regarding charges of issuing an unregistered security. Paragon was one of two ICOs that were deemed… Read More

Blockchain Bundesverband Announces European Blockchain Think Tank, Will Present EU Token Regulation Paper

The Blockchain Bundesverband, an association for the promotion of blockchain technology in Germany, has announced a new think tank for token regulation. “thinkBLOCKtank” will release a joint paper supported by various European countries entitled EU Token Regulation as the group seeks to drive the regulatory… Read More

Bank of England, Bank of Canada & Monetary Authority of Singapore Join in Publishing Report on Payments and Possible Use of Blockchain

CROSS-BORDER INTERBANK PAYMENT AND SETTLEMENTS: Emerging opportunities for digital transformation Three governmental agencies have collaborated on a report pertaining to payments and settlements seeking to join in a push for a unified approach to this sector of Fintech. The Bank of England, Bank of Canada… Read More

SEC Issues Statement on Digital Asset Issuance & Trading Following ICO Enforcement Action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a rare statement on the issuance of digital assets that are securities. The statement comes following the release of two initial coin offering (ICO) enforcement actions for issuers that raised money after the SEC published the landmark DAO… Read More

Republic’s GC Comments on SEC Enforcement Action Against Two ICOs: “Industry Participants Should Study this Settlement Closely”

Earlier today, CI reported on the first enforcement actions taken by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pertaining to post-DAO initial coin offerings (ICOs). The case is precedent setting and sets a clear path for enforcement officials to proceed with other ICO issuers who raised… Read More

RECoin and Diamond Reserve Coin ICO Issuer Pleads Guilty to Fraud

The first person to be prosecuted in the US for ICO (initial coin offering) fraud has pleaded guilty to misleading 1000 investors, Bloomberg reports. On Thursday, Maksim Zaslavskiy, 39, admitted in a Brooklyn federal courtroom that he collected money for two ICOs: RECoin and Diamond… Read More

First Two Sanctioned ICO Issuers Settle with SEC: Will Refund Investors, Register as Securities and Pay Fines

This has been a big week for digital asset / ICO law in America. Yesterday, Maksim Zaslavskiy pleaded guilty to fraud in a federal court in Brooklyn for selling the digital tokens RECoin and Diamond Reserve Coin, tokens he falsely claimed were backed by real-world… Read More

EC VP Valdis Dombrovskis Comments on Regulation of Virtual Currencies & ICOs, Expects Commission to Publish Perspective Before End of Year

European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis has issued a comment on the regulation of initial coin offerings (ICOs) and virtual currencies. The statement is part of an ongoing discussion within the European Parliament and the Commission. Dombrovskis is the Commissioner in charge of Financial Stability, Financial… Read More

France: Are ICOs a New Method of Finance? French Regulator AMF Publishes Report on Crypto

The Autorité des Marches Financiers (AMF) the regulator that has oversight of securities in France, has published a report on initial coin offerings. Entitled ICO Françaises: Un Nouveau Mode de Financement? – the document is a follow up to a year ago launch to the… Read More

CFTC Enforcement Director Addresses Crypto Fraud in Speech

The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Enforcement Director James M. McDonald delivered a speech yesterday addressing current trends regarding enforcement actions and, of course, crypto and virtual currencies were on the list. Speaking at the NYU School of Law, McDonald said the Commission is adapting… Read More

Malaysian MP: Sector Regulations Needed Before Government Approves “World’s First Crypto-Politic ICO”

Fahmi Fadzil, a Malaysian MP and the Communications Director for the Malaysian centre-left coalition party PKR, has urged the government of Malaysia to establish proper regulation of cryptocurrencies before it approves “Harapan Coin- the world’s first crypto-politic ICO,”  The Star Online reports. Fahmi reportedly told reporters… Read More

Lame Duck Congress: Still Time for JOBS Act 3.0

After the first of the year, control of the House of Representatives will move over to the Democrat party following mid-term elections. While the Senate will remain in Republican control, the split Congress means agenda items will frequently be at odds. But in the final… Read More

Pro-Crypto President of Marshall Islands Survives No-Confidence Vote

By a margin of one vote, President Hilda Heine of the Marshall Islands retained her job on Monday following a no-confidence vote initiated by the opposition, Nikkei Asian Review reports. A tie of 16 for and 16 against deprived the opposition of the 17 votes… Read More

How (Not) to Market Your Regulation A+ Mini-IPO Offering

SEC Regulation A (commonly referred to as Regulation A+) was implemented by the SEC in 2015 pursuant to major Congressional legislation, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the JOBS Act). It allows companies to raise up to $50 million in a 12 month… Read More

Isle of Man Raises Standards for Crypto Businesses Registered There

After “throw(ing) its arms wide open” to the burgeoning crypto sector last year, the Isle of Man is now imposing stricter requirements on “convertible virtual currency” (CVC) businesses registered there. Namely, crypto businesses on the island will now be obliged to have two local “resident directors”… Read More

Singapore: MAS Looks to Speed Up the Regulation Process with a Fintech “Sandbox Express”

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has proposed an expedited process for aspiring Fintechs participating in their regulatory Sandbox. First launched in 2016, the Singapore Fintech Sandbox seeks to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between innovator and regulator.  In an industry with profound compliance requirements, the regulator is exposed to entrepreneurs seeking to… Read More

Fake Halal Crypto Ponzi Falls Apart in India

A fake halal cryptocurrency pyramid scheme targeting Muslim investors in India has fallen apart in the Bitcoin bear market, in part due to scrutiny from regulators, Deccan Chronicle (DC) reports. Father-and-son team Syed Fareed and Syed Afaq Ahmed reportedly tapped a network of “ulemas” (Muslim… Read More

Michigan Will Not Allow Crypto Campaign Contributions

Because cryptocurrencies are volatile, are not accepted as legal tender anywhere in the world, are not handled by banks and can be transmitted anonymously, without new legislation, the State of Michigan will not be allowing candidates there to accept cryptocurrency campaign donations. These points were… Read More

Citing Low Taxes & Government Support, UK Says 100s of Jobs Created by Overseas Investment Including Fintech

The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) is out with a note this morning saying £109 million of foreign investment will create 359 new jobs as money goes into the high tech sector, including the important Fintech industry. DIT states that 11 different investments will… Read More

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