Tagged: initial coin offerings

Neufund is Next Crypto Startup to Set Up Shop in Blockchain Friendly Malta

Neufund, a Berlin based Blockchain equity crowdfunding platform, has announced it will establish a “strong presence” in Malta to support its rapidly expanding ecosystem. Neufund has taking an interesting approach by enabling the tokenization of equity and raising capital on the blockchain. Malta has quickly… Read More

Ryan Feit from SeedInvest: Crypto Securities Regulation 101

During the 2018 LendIt Fintech conference in San Francisco this week, SeedInvest CEO Ryan Feit delivered a presentation on the current state of securities regulations in regards to initial coin offerings (ICOs). Until recently, much of the ICO activity in the US was completed in… Read More

Templum Acquires Broker Dealer with ATS in Move to Trade Digital Assets

Templum, Inc., Fintech company focused on the trading of digital assets, has obtained the necessary regulatory approval to purchase Liquid M Capital.  The broker dealer and Alternative Trading System (ATS) will now operate as Templum Markets, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Templum.  The company… Read More

ICOs: Mailchimp Got You Down? BitBounce has a Solution

MailChimp added its name to the growing list of digital services and platforms banning cryptocurrency and initial coin offering promotions this past week. Mailchimp sends over one billion emails every single day sending more list managed emails than anyone (according to the Chimp). Most certainly… Read More

Mailchimp Boots Cryptocurrency / ICO Promotions Too

Mailchimp one of the most popular mail management platforms in use today, has given the boot initial coin offering (ICO) promotions and cryptocurrencies in genera. Mailchimp is just the latest addition to a growing list of digital platforms or social media sites, such as Google,… Read More

European Securities and Markets Authority Prohibits Binary Options for Retail Investors

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has banned the marketing, distribution and sale of binary options to retail investors. Simultaneously, contracts for differences (CFDs) will have a restriction on the marketing, distribution or sale to retail investors. ESMA can only introduce temporary intervention measures… Read More

Precedent: Tokens as Securities Under Brazilian Law & Brazil’s Securities and Exchange Commission

Late last year, the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (Comissão de Valores Mobiliários or CVM) spoke about initial coin offerings (ICOs). At that time, the CVM published a frequently asked questions-like notice (see here). The FAQ lays down some introductory aspects on the subject, conceptually… Read More

No Surprise: SEC Enforcement Division Co-Director Stephanie Avakian Says Dozens of Investigations Ongoing in Cryptocurrency Space

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) first launched investigations into initial coin offerings (ICOs) and the gatekeepers that have been facilitating these offerings several months back. The news of these investigations was first published by Crowdfund Insider in late February. Chatter regarding investigations had been building… Read More

What are Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain? 2018 Joint Economic Report from Congress Explains

Last week, the 2018 Joint Economic Report from the House Representatives was published. The 334 page document attempts to encapsluate the current state of the economy while addressing challenges and policy issues. The Congressional report outlines an improving economy that is creating jobs while economic… Read More

Changing Tide: Israel Securities Authority Chair Looks to Embrace Initial Coin Offerings

At the beginning of 2018, a new Chair took over at the Israel Securities Authority (ISA). Anat Guetta took over the executive position from Shmuel Hauser. Recently, Guetta has indicated a more welcoming approach when it comes to initial coin offerings (ICOs) and crypto in general…. Read More

Initial Coin Offering Attorneys Beware, You Could Be Next!

Following the SEC’s recent initial subpoena offerings (pun intended) targeting initial coin offering (ICO) issuers, many believe the SEC might now turn its sights toward some of the gatekeepers involved in the subject ICOs, including the attorneys. Some attorneys practicing in the ICO space have… Read More

Governor of Peoples Bank of China Discusses ICOs and Bitcoin During Press Briefing on Financial Reform

Zhou Xiaochuan, the Governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), participated in a press conference on Friday addressing a diverse group of topics regarding financial reform. Mixed within the presser, the leader of the Chinese central bank addressed initial coin offerings (ICOs) and Bitcoin… Read More

Report: Thailand Prepares Rules Regarding Cryptocurrency and ICOs

Thailand may launch new rules governing initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrencies in general later this month. This is according to a report in the Bangkok Post today referencing multiple government officials. According to the write up, Thailand will define digital currencies as property –… Read More

Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Statement Regarding “Unlawful” Cryptocurrency Exchanges

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC),  Divisions of Enforcement and Trading and Markets, has published a statement on “online trading platforms,” or cryptocurrency exchanges, that trade in tokens minted by initial coin offerings (ICOs) and digital assets in general. The SEC stated: “The platforms often… Read More

The Canadian Securities Exchange will be the First Blockchain Powered Exchange in North America and will Trade Tokenized Securities Later this Year

The Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) announced last month it would be integrating Blockchain technology to power trading on its platform. This will make the CSE the first regulated exchange in North  America to make the transition that is inevitable for all traditional stock exchanges in… Read More

Initial Coin Offerings: Is this How it Should’ve Been a Few Years Ago When US Securities Crowdfunding First Became Legalized?

    The very first initial coin offering (ICO) took place in June of 2013 when Mastercoin raised around $5 million in Bitcoin. That was the same year that Title II of the JOBS Act launched allowing general solicitation (SEC lingo for advertising) under Regulation… Read More

WSJ Says “Scores” of Subpoenas Issued by SEC Regarding Initial Coin Offerings

“Scores” of subpoenas are being issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding initial coin offerings (ICOs), according to a brief write up in WSJ.com. The report echos what Crowdfund Insider reported earlier this week as industry insiders have been talking about SEC investigations… Read More

Autorité Des Marchés Financiers in France Receives 82 Responses on Initial Coin Offering Consultation

The Autorité Des Marchés Financiers (AMF) in France has just published the results of a consultation regarding initial coin offerings (ICOs). According to the AMF, a large majority of respondents expressed support for the establishment of an appropriate legal framework for this new type of fundraising. The… Read More

January Best Month Ever for ICOs as $1.51 Billion Raised According to One Report

Even as jurisdictions around the world seek to get a handle on the frothy initial coin offering market, January appears to have delivered a gangbuster token month. According to TokenReporter, January was a record month for capital raised by ICOs at $1.51 billion. This topped… Read More

Pump & Dump Digital Currency: Commodity Futures Trading Commission Warns Investors to Watch Out for These Scams

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued a warning to consumers to beware of pump and dump scams that have become somewhat prevalent in initial coin offerings and digital currencies in general. The CFTC says it has received complaints from customers who have lost… Read More