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Exempt Offering Ecosystem Update: What Online Investment Platforms are Telling the SEC

Not too long ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) concluded the comments phase of a proposal to update, and hopefully improve, rules pertaining to the exempt offering ecosystem. This includes Reg A+, Reg CF, and Reg D (506c), each a variant of online capital… Read More

Crypto Mining Firm Ebang Is Now Listed on Nasdaq Global Market, Only Second Mining Company Listed on a US Stock Exchange

Chinese firm Ebang, a leading developer of cryptocurrency mining hardware, confirmed on June 26, 2020, that it had been listed on the Nasdaq Global Market (under the EBON ticker). Notably, Ebang is only the second Bitcoin mining equipment manufacturer to go public on a US… Read More

Telegram Settles with the SEC, Pays $18.5 Million Fine, Returns Money to Investors

Telegram, the fast-growing social network that attempted to raise funds via a digital asset offering, has decided to settle an enforcement action initiated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to a release, the SEC has obtained court approval of a settlement with the… Read More

Jack Abramoff, Marcus Andrade Charged by SEC with Fraudulent Unregistered Digital Asset Offering, AML Bitcoin

Jack Abramoff is making headlines once again. The notorious political lobbyist has been charged with fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in an unregistered offering of AML Bitcoin (ABTC). Abramoff, along with NAC Foundation (National Aten Coin) and its CEO Marcus Andrade allegedly… Read More

During House Hearing, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Queried about US Attorney in Southern District of New York Selection, Expects Much of the Exempt Securities Ecosystem Review to be Finished by End of Fiscal Year

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton parried with members of the House Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets today. The topic of the hearing was, “Capital Markets and Emergency Lending in the COVID-19 Era,” but too few of the questions aligned with the subject the… Read More

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton to Testify Before House Subcommittee

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton is scheduled to testify on June 25th, at 12 pm ET, before the House Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship. and Capital Markets. The topic of the hearing is, “Capital Markets and Emergency Lending in the COVID-19 Era.” The hearing is a… Read More

SEC: Final Judgement Received in Alleged Fraudulent Initial Coin Offering by Eran Eyal

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained a final judgment in an enforcement action against Eran Eyal, the founder and former chief executive officer of UnitedData, Inc., DBA Shopin, for conducting an allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO). Towards the end of 2019, the… Read More

Enforcement Friday: SEC Issues Emergency Halt to Cryptocurrency Fund Operated by 2 Pennsylvania Brothers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed an emergency action to halt Pennsylvania-based brothers Sean Hvizdzak and Shane Hvizdzak and a digital asset fund. The Hvizdzaks operated several companies: Hvizdzak Capital Management LLC; High Street Capital LLC; High Street Capital Partners, LLC . Each… Read More

SeedInvest: It is imperative that the SEC increase the annual offering limit on Reg CF to $5 million

SeedInvest, a leading investment crowdfunding platform operating in the US, recently published a letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), an agency that is in the midst of a regulatory review regarding the exempt offering ecosystm. The SEC has proposed multiple rule changes… Read More

StartEngine Investors Comment on Need for Secondary Trading of Securities Issued Under Reg A+, Reg CF

It appears that StartEngine, a leading securities crowdfunding platform in the US, is asking platform investors to comment on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Proposed Rule: Facilitating Capital Formation and Expanding Investment Opportunities by Improving Access to Capital in Private Markets. The SEC has noted that… Read More

SEC FinHub Announces Virtual Meetups, First Up is Regtech

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that its Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub) will hold virtual peer-to-peer meet-ups. The SEC said the FinHub staff recognizes the challenges and difficulties with in-person meetings in the midst of COVID-19.  FinHub staff seeks… Read More

SEC Small Business Committee Tells Commission to Raise Reg CF Cap, Reg A+ Too

In May, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee met to discuss pending decisions by the SEC regarding an update to the exempt offering ecosystem. The SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee was established by the SEC Small Business… Read More

Congressman Patrick McHenry Adds Voice in Support of SEC’s Update to Exempt Securities Ecosystem

Congressman Patrick McHenry, the ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee, has sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) supporting the Commission’s efforts to improve and modernize the exempt securities ecosystem. The SEC has proposed a package of rule changes designed… Read More

Asset Freeze: SEC Alleges Cryptocurrency Mining and Trading Operation Scammed $12 Million from Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained an asset freeze and other emergency relief against Daniel F. Putnam, of Utah, Jean Paul Ramirez Rico, of Colombia, and Angel A. Rodriguez, of Utah, who allegedly scammed over $12 million from over 2000 investors in a… Read More

US Department of Labor Allows Private Equity Investments in 401Ks, the SEC Applauds Move

  Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DLO) issued an Information Letter under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) pertaining to private equity investments as a component of a professionally managed funds offered as an investment option for participants in defined contribution plans. Effectively,… Read More

Another ICO Returns Money to Investors as SEC Files Charges Against BitClave for an Unregistered Digital Security Offering

BitClave, a blockchain-based firm that completed an initial coin offering (ICO) for “Consumer Activity Tokens” (CAT) in 2017, has agreed to return investor money, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This is just the latest ICO that has had to backtrack on a… Read More

Social Distancing: Annual SEC Small Business Forum to be Virtual this Year

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that its annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation will be virtual this year. During SEC Chairman Jay Clayton’s tenure, the Forum has moved outside the beltway. Before Clayton, the Forum was held at SEC HQ… Read More

SEC Announces New Investor Advisory Committee Members, Still No Fintechs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has added six new members to its Investor Advisory Committee. The Committee is required under law and it seeks to advise the Commission on regulatory priorities regarding securities, trading and investment, disclosure, and investor protection issues. The new members… Read More

Former SEC Enforcement Attorney Philip Moustakis Comments on Telegram Decision to Abandon Token Offering: Facts & Circumstances Rule

Earlier this week, it was reported that Telegram has decided to abandon its initiative to launch a blockchain platform called TON (Telegram Open Network) and a cryptocurrency named Gram. The decision was the direct result of an ongoing enforcement action launched by the US Securities… Read More

Telegram has Officially Abandoned its TON Blockchain and Gram Tokens Project Due to Lengthy Court Battle with US SEC

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Encrypted messaging provider Telegram has reportedly abandoned its TON blockchain project after a lengthy court battle with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Pavel Durov, founder of Telegram, confirmed on May 12, 2020, that the Telegram Open Network (TON) initiative would be discontinued, because… Read More

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