Tagged: initial coin offering

Algorand Raises $60 Million in Token Auction

Singapore based Algorand successfully raised $60 million in a dutch auction token sale this week. The Algorand Foundation said the auction was “met with overwhelming demand” as they distributed the first 25 million Algos to global auction participants. Algorand boldly claimed this was the “start… Read More

Coinbase, Circle Disappear from DefendCrypto List of Supporters

In the wake of the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) enforcement action against Kik and the Kin initial coin offering (ICO), it appears that Coinbase’s name, as well as Circle’s, has been scrubbed from the list of supporters on the DefendCrypto website. DefendCrypto was concocted… Read More

SEC Goes Public with Kik – Kin ICO Lawsuit Alleging Sale of Unregistered Securities

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has publicly announced its lawsuit against Kik Interactive for conducting an illegal $100 million securities offering of “Kin” digital tokens in an initial coin offering (ICO). The legal action should come as no surprise to industry followers as Kik… Read More

Kik Battle Line: DefendCrypto Fund Seeks to Challenge the SEC & Current Regulatory Approach with Crypto

Kik Interactive Inc., a company based in Canada, raised about $100 million selling Kin tokens in an initial coin offering (ICO) during the midst of the hot crypto issuance market in 2017. First sold to accredited investors in a SAFT, once the platform was functional,… Read More

SEC Sues Daniel Pacheco, Purveyor of Alleged $26.5 Million Crypto Pyramid Scheme “IPro”

The SEC has filed a civil suit against Daniel Pacheco, 45, of San Clemente, California, alleging he pervaded a cryptocurrency-based pyramid scheme called “IPro” that collected more than $26.5 million USD from investors: “The SEC’s complaint, filed Wednesday, alleges that from January 2017 through March… Read More

SEC Halts Diamond Related ICO, Charges Crypto Business Argyle Coin & Jose Angel Aman with Multi-Million Ponzi Scam

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has receved another emergency court order halting an alleged initial coin offering (ICO) fraud. According to the SEC, a $30 million Ponzi scheme, led by South Florida-based Argyle Coin, and its principal Jose Angel Aman, targeted over 300 US… Read More

Civil Case Dismissed: DJ Khaled, Boxer Floyd Mayweather and Two Others Escape Liability for Touting Centra Tech ICO

A civil case brought by investors against former heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and celebrity DJ Khaled alleging they induced their social media followers to buy into a fraudulent ICO (initial coin offering) has been dismissed. Allegations of touting unregistered securities were also dismissed against… Read More

SEC and OSC Take Action Against NextBlock Global and Alex Tapscott for Misleading Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) have jointly taken action against Alex Tapscott and NextBlock Global Limited for misleading investors pertaining to digital asset investments. Both agencies require Tapscott-NextBlock to pay penalties affiliated with the securities offering. According to… Read More

As Founder Plagued by Lawsuits, “Blockchain Phone” Maker Sirin Labs Lays Off Staff

Sirin Labs, a “blockchain smartphone” company that raised $255 million in two ICOs, has confirmed it is laying off employees, Israeli news outlet Globes reports. Contrary to media reports of larger numbers let go, Sirin Labs says it is only laying off 15 of 60… Read More

Is the No Action Letter for TurnKey Jet a No-Action Non Event? Doug Ellenoff Comments on SEC Digital Asset Statement and STO Framework

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) moved forward on clarifying their position regarding digital assets. First, a No-Action Letter (NAL) was released pertaining to the issuance of a token by TurnKey Jet. In a tightly defined issuance, Turnkey was deemed not to be… Read More

Report: Vanbex, Formerly Known as Etherparty, Accused of Cryptocurrency Fraud

According to a report in the Vancouver Sun, Vanbex, formerly doing business as Etherparty Smart Contracts, has been hit with a lawsuit launched by the British Colombia Civil Forfeiture Office. The report alleges that Vanbex and its two founders, Lisa Cheng and Kevin Hobbs, were… Read More

Swiss Financial Regulator FINMA Reports Illegal Activity by Envion AG & Initial Coin Offering

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has issued a release stating it has found that Envion AG “unlawfully received public deposits on a commercial basis from at least 37,000 investors.” Envion is currently in the process of being liquidated by the Zug bankruptcy authority…. Read More

On Being Open and Honest With Regulators: The Gladius Network Cease & Desist Order and the SEC’s Map for ICO Remediation

For the third time since November 2018, on February 20, 2019, the SEC issued a cease and desist order relating to an initial coin offering (ICO) which set forth the steps for remediation of an unregistered securities offering, this time for Gladius Network, LLC (the… Read More

AriseCoin Founder Pleads Guilty in $4 Million Crypto Fraud Case

Jared Rice Sr, creator of “AriseBank” and the associated cryptocurrency/token “AriseCoin,” has pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud in Texas, Dallas News reports. The plea reportedly involved Rice admitting that he lied to investors when he raised money for his project. These lies… Read More

Spanish CryptoMining Company to Return $68 Million Raised in ICO, Distances Self from “Loser” Token

CryptoSolarTech, a Spanish cryptocurrency mining company that raised $68 million USD (60 million euros) in an ICO fundraise last spring has sent a letter to investors announcing that the company will cease operations and return the money collected in the ICO, Cointelegraph reports. A copy… Read More

Gladius Self Reports ICO to SEC – No Fine Imposed

Gladius Network, LLC, a company that raised $12.7 million dollars via ICO (initial coin offering) in late 2017 to, “develop a network for renting spare computer bandwidth to defend against cyber attacks and enhance delivery speed,” has settled with the SEC after self-reporting its unregistered… Read More

Shake Up in “Laxly-Controlled” German ICO Sector as Securities Regulator Halts “Rise” ICO

Rise, a German company marketing a forthcoming initial coin offering (ICO) with a campaign featuring a “democratize prosperity” slogan and a video of a homeless man driving a Lamborghini, has had its “virtual IPO” (ICO) scuttled by Germany’s Federal Supervisory Authority (Bafin), Handelsblatt reports. The… Read More

Court’s Reconsideration of Blockvest ICO Related Injunction Just Confirms What Securities Attorneys Knew All Along

There has been a good amount of discussion regarding the decision by Judge Gonzalo Curiel, of the US District Court for the Southern District of California, to grant the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) bid for a preliminary injunction against crypto company Blockvest LLC. Initially, the Court… Read More

Previously Denied, Securities and Exchange Commission Granted Injunction Against Blockvest and Acts of Alleged ICO Fraud

In a valentine’s day reprieve, the Securities and Exchange Commission was granted a preliminary injunction against Blockvest LLC and its founder, Reginald Buddy Ringgold, III, pertaining to allegations of fraud connected with an initial coin offering (ICO). The judge overseeing the proceedings reconsidered the court’s previous order… Read More

Breaking Down Kik’s Fight Against the SEC and their $100 Million ICO

Kik Interactive Inc. (“Kik”), a company based in Canada, raised close to $100 million selling Kin tokens during the initial coin offering (ICO) boom of 2017, making it one of the most successful ICOs. It first sold tokens to accredited investors through a SAFT (Simple… Read More

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