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SEC Denies NYSE Arca’s Attempt to List Bitcoin ETF

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has once again denied an attempt to list a Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). In a filing last week, the SEC outlined its justification “disapproving a proposed rule change to list and trade shares of the First Trust SkyBridge… Read More

SEC Files Fraud Charges Involving Gold Hawgs Development Corp. Crypto Offering

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges against Paul A. Garcia of Severance, Colorado, for allegedly stealing approximately one-quarter of investor funds raised for Gold Hawgs Development Corp. Gold Hawgs reportedly sought to develop a gold hawg token that would be backed… Read More

Ranking Republicans Slam SEC Chair Gary Gensler for Rushing Proposed Rules by Limiting Comment Periods

Senator Pat Toomey and Representative Patrick McHenry have sent a letter to SEC Chairman Gary Gensler criticizing his decision to limit comment periods on proposed rulemaking. McHenry is the Ranking Member on the House Committee on Financial Services and Toomey is the Ranking Member on… Read More

Former SEC Official Predicts End of Businesses Accepting Cryptocurrency, Labels Crypto a “Menacing Cancer”

At least one former enforcement executive from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is predicting the demise of crypto – or at least a significant setback for digital assets. John Reed Stark, former head of the SEC’s Internet Enforcement team says that new rules from… Read More

SPACs Have Big Year in 2021. What’s Next for 2022?

Doug Ellenoff of Ellenoff, Grossman and Schole Shares Insight into Booming SPAC Market. Special purpose Acquisition Companies or SPACs had a blowout year in 2021.  While the financing vehicle has been around for decades, in recent years SPACs have rocketed in popularity. SPACs are an… Read More

ICO Fraud: SEC Charges Crowd Machine, Metavine With Unregistered Sale of Digital Asset Securities

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed charges regarding allegations of a fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO). According to the SEC, Crowd Machine, Inc. and Metavine, Inc., allegedly sold unregistered digital asset securities. The SEC also charged Craig Spoule, an Australian citizen, as orchestrating… Read More

TruCrowd Founder Submits Settlement Offer that SEC is Inclined to Accept

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed an administrative proceeding in regards to Vincent Petrescu, the founder of the crowdfunding platform TruCrowd. In September of 2021, TruCrowd was hit with fraud charges, in the complaint SEC v. Robert Samuel Shumake, Jr, along with… Read More

Regulators Ramp Up to Tackle Insufficient Surveillance, JPMorgan Hammered with $200 Million Penalty

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission hit JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) with a $125 million penalty. JP Morgan Securities, a subsidiary of JP Morgan, was fined for “widespread and longstanding failures by the firm and its employees to maintain and preserve written communications,” said the… Read More

Commissioner Elad Roisman to Exit SEC Next Month

SEC Commissioner Elad Roisman has submitted his resignation to President Joe Biden indicating he will exit the Commission next month. Commissioner Roisman issued the following statement: “Today, I sent a letter to President Biden, informing him that I intend to resign my position by the… Read More

SEC Commissioners Peirce, Roisman, Criticize Updated Regulatory Agenda. Exempt Securities at Top of the List (Again)

SEC Commissioners Hester Peirce and Elad Roisman have once again voiced their concern regarding SEC Chairman Gary Gensler’s regulator agenda – a list that was recently updated. Last summer, Gensler published his regulatory agenda and now an update is available. When Gensler posted his initial… Read More

EMPOWR Files Lawsuit Challenging SEC’s Inability to Comply with FOIA Requests Pertaining to Crypto Regulation

Empower Oversight Whistleblowers & Research (EMPOWR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to enhancing independent oversight of government and corporate wrongdoing, has filed a lawsuit challenging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to disclose conflicts of interest regarding the regulation of crypto. EMPOWR has filed… Read More

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler Posts Video Slamming SPACs

SPACS, or special purpose acquisition companies, have had a gangbuster year boosting the number of initial public offerings that have taken place. While SPACs have been around for many years, in recent times the vehicles have surged in popularity as a shortened path to take… Read More

SEC Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation Submits Annual Report to Congress

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation, is a relatively new entity at the SEC. The Advocate was created in recognition of the fact that smaller firms in need of growth capital too frequently get ignored by… Read More

Bitcoin focused Fintech Firm Blockstream Reports that Recent BTC Price Correction Is One of 2021’s Mildest

Bitcoin-focused Fintech firm Blockstream has published its Markets Weekly report., Blockstream‘s report, dated December 3, 2021, notes that Fidelity has established a new BTC ETF in Canada, while GS is considering BTC lending. As mentioned in the report, VanEck has filed for a mining ETF,… Read More

We Need More Investor Protection in Crypto Assets, SEC Chair Gary Gensler States: “It’s best not to wait for a big spill on aisle three”

During the opening comments at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s meeting of the Investor Advisory Committee, SEC Chair Gary Gensler once again rang the warning bell on the need for greater oversight of the fast-growing digital asset/crypto sector. Gensler stated in prepared remarks: “… with… Read More

SEC Charges Latvian Citizen Ivars Auzins with $7 Million Crypto Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Ivars Auzins, a citizen of Latvia with crypto asset fraud. The SEC states that the defendant also went under the names of Ron Ramsey and Daniel Gaines. According to a statement by the SEC, Auzins allegedly defrauded… Read More

Grayscale Points to Letter Sent to the SEC Advocating for Bitcoin ETF

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has consistently denied aspiring exchange-traded products that aim to offer a Bitcoin ETF based on the spot price of the world’s most popular digital asset. Recently, a Bitcoin ETF based on Bitcoin futures was approved but this was effectively… Read More

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Scheduled to Discuss Digital Assets and Investor Protection

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee will be discussing digital assets or crypto on December 2nd. According to the agenda, a panel discussion will be hosted  entitled “Helping to Ensure Investor Protection and Market Integrity in the Face of New Technologies.” This… Read More

SEC Obtains Final Judgement on Marijuana Company Offering Totaling $6 Million

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained final judgment on an enforcement action that involved a securities offering for an erstwhile marijuana-based firm. According to the SEC, on November 19, 2021, the US District Court for the Central District of California entered final judgments… Read More

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