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SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Comes to the Defense of Unikrn and ICO Settlement

Earlier today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a settlement with Unikrn, a digital asset issuer that was deemed to have transgressed securities law in the offering of an unregistered security via an initial coin offering (ICO). Unikrn agreed to pay a $6.1 million… Read More

SEC Broadens Definition of Accredited Investor to Include Certain Sophistication Measures

As widely anticipated, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) updated the definition of an Accredited Investor expanding the rule by adding certain sophistication criteria. The current definition defines an individual who earns over $200,000 a year ($300,000 if married) as accredited. If an individual has… Read More

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Begins Second Term While Caroline A. Crenshaw Begins First Term as New Commissioner

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that Caroline A. Crenshaw and Hester M. Peirce have been sworn into office as SEC commissioners. Commissioner Peirce is commencing her second term as a Commissioner while Commissioner Crenshaw is beginning her first. Commissioner Crenshaw fills a… Read More

Popular SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Confirmed by Voice Vote for 5 More Years

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce, a public official that has long favored Fintech innovation and more specifically the digital asset sector, has been confirmed by the US Senate on a voice vote for another 5 year term. The vote was held yesterday and indicative of a… Read More

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Addresses Blockchain Association of Singapore, Shares Disagreement Regarding Telegram Enforcement Action & Settlement

What makes something a “distributed ledger or blockchain technology-based” security? SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce has published a speech delivered to the Blockchain Association of Singapore. Unable to attend in person due to COVID-19, Commissioner Peirce visited with the Association virtually, addressing the hot topic of… Read More

It’s Going to be Really Bad: SEC Small Business Committee Discusses COVID-19 Impact

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee met today in a teleconference to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and small business. In brief, several Committee members expressed the opinion that it is going to be really bad. Martha Legg Miller,… Read More

NASAA Slams SEC’s Proposal to Update Accredited Investor Definition to Enable Sophisticated Individuals to Qualify

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), the entity that lobbies on behalf of state and provincial regulators, is “urging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) not to move forward with its proposal to expand access to high-risk private securities offerings to individual investors.” NASAA… Read More

SEC Commissioners Issue Comments on Proposed Improvements to Exempt Offering Framework

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed significant changes to the exempt offering framework that should benefit issuers, investors and regulated platforms that facilitate these types of offerings. So far, industry response has been overwhelmingly positive. The proposed amendments will impact Reg CF, Reg… Read More

Dissent: SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Disagrees with Commission’s Decision to Deny Bitcoin ETF

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce has posted a statement dissenting from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision to, once again, decline to allow an exchange-traded product (ETP or ETF) for the world’s most popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin. The Commission denied NYSE Arca’s request to offer a Bitcoin… Read More

SEC Commissioner Peirce’s Speech Introducing Token Safe Harbor Concept: “This remains a work in progress”.

Yesterday, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce proposed a new rule for a Safe Harbor for tokens that will not be treated as securities. As Crowdfund Insider has previously reported, the proposed Rule 195 will allow an issuer up to three years to prove the digital asset… Read More

Here is the Token Safe Harbor Proposal by SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce

Yesterday, Crowdfund Insider reported on a speech delivered by SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce that outlined a safe harbor for digital assets that may not be regulated as securities. In brief, Rule 195, proposed that a token issuer has three years for a digital asset to… Read More

Rule 195: SEC Commissioner Peirce Proposes Safe Harbor for Token Offerings Not Immediately Deemed to be Securities [u]

Today, in a speech delivered at an event in Chicago, SEC Commissioner Peirce presented a new proposal in the treatment of digital assets that may not be treated as securities perhaps representing a dramatic shift in the US token offering marketplace. In the US, pretty… Read More

SEC Commissioner Peirce Proposes New Rules for Non Security Token Offerings

SEC Commissioner Peirce has proposed new rules regarding digital assets that may not be securities upon issuance. The proposal was revealed at a speech in Chicago today. As we understand it, Peirce’s proposal, Rule 195, will “set a course for compliant blockchain projects to innovate… Read More

SEC Proposes Update to Accredited Investor Definition, Includes Sophistication Amendments

Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held a public meeting to discuss, and vote on, various rules impacting the securities markets. Included in the meeting was an update to the definition of an accredited investor. Currently, the definition is determined by a wealth metric…. Read More

SEC Director of Investment Management Dalia Blass: Bitcoin Futures Interval Fund “Close to Launch”

Dalia Blass, director of the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Division of Investment Management told an audience at the 2019 ICI Securities Law Developments Conference this week, “that a registered closed-end interval fund with a bitcoin futures strategy is preparing to launch.” According to Investopedia: “An interval fund is… Read More

Crypto Mom: SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Says Lack of Regulatory Framework has Harmed Digital Asset Innovation

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce delivered a speech, entitled Broken Windows, addressing SEC enforcement actions earlier this week. Peirce reviewed the topic in advance of the annual report on such actions. The SEC Division of Enforcement is the largest Division within the Commission. According to the… Read More

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Visits Fintech Hotspot Singapore, Comments on Cross Border Regulation of Digital Assets

SEC Commissioner  Hester Peirce is in Singapore, a noted Asian Fintech hub, talking about digital assets. Peirce, speaking at the SUSS [Singapore University of Social Sciences] Convergence Forum, addressed the audience about innovation – something that frequently makes regulators nervous. Change is hard. Alluding to… Read More

Free Livestream: SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce to Speak on Fintech, Entrepreneurship & the SEC

Tomorrow (June 25) SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce will be speaking about the “SEC, Entrepreneurship, Fintech and the Economy.” The event is open to the public but it will be live-streamed on the Heritage Foundation’s website for free. Peirce is well known for her thoughtful approach… Read More

Heard on F Street: SEC Fintech Forum Engages with Crypto Industry to Discuss Digital Asset Regulation

Last Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held its first Fintech Forum in years. The topic of discussion was the regulation of digital assets and distributed ledger technology (DLT). The interaction between presenters and SEC staff provided a glimpse into the progress and struggle… Read More

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Gives Props to Bermuda and Crypto Custody Approach

Securities custody is a challenging service even for analog firms. Crypto brings with it a whole host of nuanced hurdles when providing custody for digital assets. There are a few firms that have successfully launched custody for crypto – such as PrimeTrust. Fidelity is providing… Read More

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