Tagged: initial coin offerings

So Far, Not a Single ICO has been White-Listed by the Autorite des Marches in France

The “Loi Pacte” was approved by the French government earlier this year. the new law included multiple policy moves designed to improve the overall competitiveness of the French economy. As part of the legislation, France created bespoke rules for initial coin offerings. Under French law,… Read More

ICO Issuers that Sold Unregistered Securities May Not Be Able to Pay Penalties Assessed by the SEC. What Happens Now?

Last week, Crowdfund Insider referred to several Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement actions that addressed the sale of unregistered securities by issuers of initial coin offerings (ICOs). Penalties assessed by the SEC are now coming due for several prominent enforcement actions brought by the… Read More

NASAA Reports Increase in Cryptocurrency Fraud Identified by State & Provincial Regulators

130 Crypto Investigations Have Been Launched in the US and Canada The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), the lobbying association representing state and provincial securities regulators, says there has been an increase in crypto-related fraud as “investors and con artists alike have returned to… Read More

H1 2019 Report: Cryptocurrencies and IEOs Up, ICOs and Venture Funding for Blockchain Down

InWara, a firm specializing in the analysis of cryptocurrency/token offerings and “blockchain” startups has issued its “Half-Yearly report — H1 2019: Deciphering Token Offerings-IEOs, STOs and ICOs.” The firm is seeing interest in new types of tokens (IEOs and STOs) but significant drops for ICOs (many projects… Read More

France Expected to Approve First Round of Regulatory Compliant Initial Coin Offerings

France will soon reveal its first round of regulatory-compliant initial coin offerings (ICOs) according to a report. The ICOs come following a months-long discussion and conclusion of bespoke legislation to allow for digital assets to be issued and traded which are not deemed to be… Read More

Rwandan Central Bank Issues Warning Against “Pyramid Schemes, Network Marketing Programs and Scam Coins”

John Rwangombwa, Governor National Bank of Rwanda (BNR), has issued a notice alerting Rwandan citizens, “to the existence of investments scam(s)…operating in Rwanda (through locally-registered businesses or from abroad through online platforms).” The warning also states that pyramid, multi-level marketing and fake initial coin offering… Read More

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission Updates Information on ICOs and Crypto Assets: Operate Lawfully

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has updated regulatory information pertaining to initial coin offerings (ICOs) and crypto-assets. In a release, ASIC recommended that businesses engaged in crypto “consider their legal obligations and satisfy themselves they are operating lawfully.” ASIC stated that their recent… Read More

Loi Pacte: France to Allow Initial Coin Offerings which are Not Securities Beginning in June

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Crowdfund Insider has just received a note that the Loi Pacte (Pacte Law) has been finalized and will become actionable beginning in June. The new regulatory regime will enable initial coin offering (ICO) issuers to raise capital online and sell digital assets which are not… Read More

Pleasure and Pain: the Challenges of Running a Blockchain Company

There’s no doubt blockchain is a revolutionary technology changing what is possible in many areas of modern life. However, there are both pleasures and pains in being early adopters and forming a company based on blockchain technology. Security and flexibility are offset by regulation and… Read More

Expose of White Paper Writers Shows Dismal Integrity in Initial Coin Offering (ICO) Promotions

“Money must be made,” says white paper writer Adefemi Yusuff Adegoke. And though Adegoke won’t allow his name to go on a “crappy” project, he and other writers are willing to generate the compelling white paper used to attract investors nonetheless. That these papers often… Read More

France Urges EU To Use its Crypto Sector Regulations as Model

France’s Finance and Economy minister, Bruno Le Maire, has told the EU that it should use rules established by France to govern the region’s cryptocurrency and digital asset sector as inspiration for EU and regional regulations. Le Maire told attendees at a recent “blockchain tech”… Read More

Are IEOs (Initial Exchange Offerings) Any Better than ICOs?

“Vetted” retail investors are lining up to buy a revamped version of ICOs (initial coin offerings) called IEOs (initial exchange offerings), digital tokens “curated” by trading platforms, Bloomberg reports. After a slew of bad press and bad results over the past few years, ICOs have… Read More

Report: Initial Coin Offerings are Dead for Now

A report in WSJ.com is running the comps regarding initial coin offerings (ICOs) from Q1 of 2019 versus the same quarter of 2018 and the contrast is rather grim. According to data gleaned from TokenData, in the first three months of 2019 only $118 million… Read More

Spain Regulator: No ICOs Have Been Approved

Spain’s Comision Nacional Del Mercado de Valores (National Securities Market Commission or CNMV) has issued a statement clarifying that, to date, it has not approved any ICOs fundraising within its jurisdiction. According to a release from the Commission processed [Google Translate]: “The CNMV has not… Read More

Malaysia Proposes Healthier ICO Framework That Also Shows Signs of Naivete

Citing a “growing interest” amongst the public in “blockchain-based digital assets,” the Malaysia Securities Commission has issued a proposed regulatory framework for the issuance of ICO’s (initial coin offerings) and is asking for the public’s feedback. The proposal actually contains many cogent suggestions that improve… Read More

Consultation: Malaysia Seeks Feedback on Proposed ICO Framework

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has published a consultation on a framework for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The SC is one of many financial regulators that are seeking to better understand digital assets while investigating potential regulatory environments to create an effective ecosystem. The SC… Read More

Israel Securities Authority Outlines Recommended Regulatory Approach for Digital Assets

Last week, a committee at the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) investigating the applicability of regulation pertaining to initial coin offerings (ICOs) and digital assets submitted their final report. The Committee was first established in August of 2017 during the height of the ICO boom. The… Read More

Post-Disaster Clean Up: ICO Class-Action Portal Goes Online

Regulatory drag around the regulation of initial coin offerings (ICOs) combined with arguably excessive risk-tolerance have produced the disaster that has so far characterized crypto-investing for the average guy. If most ICO tokens were indeed circulated in what Professor Jorge Stolfi has argued are “negative… Read More

Initial Coin Offering Consultation by the Australian Government Closes Today

The Treasury of the Australian Government launched a public consultation on the initial coin offering (ICO) marketplace in January and the process closes today (February 28th). The consultation is part of a broader policy initiative to foster innovation in the financial services industry. Like much… Read More

Korean Government Upholds ICO Ban: “No Company Had Actual Service,” Tokens Dumped

Citing “high risk,” “insufficient disclosure,” “no actual service” and token dump price plunges of 68% immediately after privately sold coins are introduced onto public exchanges, the Korean Government has decided to uphold strict regulation (reportedly a ban) on ICOs (initial coin offerings). The government made the decision… Read More

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