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The SEC Charges Opporty International & Founder Sergey Grybniak with Fraudulent ICO

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Sergii “Sergey” Grybniak and his company Opporty International, Inc. for an allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering. According to the SEC, Grybniak and his company raised $600,000 from around 200 investors during the sale of unregistered “digital asset… Read More

Up in Smoke. SEC Charges Guy Griffithe and Robert Russell for Selling Fictitious Investments in Cannabis Company

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has leveled charges against Guy S. Griffithe and Robert W. Russell, and their affiliated companies for an alleged scheme that defrauded investors who thought they were purchasing interests in a Washington-licensed recreational cannabis company. According to the SEC, investors… Read More

Not Just About Startups: Democratizing the Accredited Investor Definition Will Allow More People Access to Lower Risk Real Estate Investments

While investment crowdfunding rules initially were targeted at early-stage ventures in need of growth capita,l the new rules have fueled the rise of investment platforms for another asset class: real estate investment opportunities. Early-stage ventures, from seed rounds to later-stage venture rounds, tend to include… Read More

SEC: Telegram Has Been Using Funds from GRAM Token Sale to Cover 90% of Expenses at Messenger Division

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In its latest submission in a case against private messaging app provider Telegram, the SEC claims that, Telegram has been using funds raised to develop the TON blockchain to rather cover operating expenses at the messaging business. Telegram raised $1.7 billion USD from 171 purchasers… Read More

SEC Schedules First “Capital Call” to Discuss State of Small Business Capital Formation

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation, has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the state of access to capital for smaller firms. The “Capital Call” is described as being held similar to a public company’s earnings… Read More

Another Alleged Scam ICO: SEC Pursues “Convicted Criminal,” Boaz Manor, Who Offered Fraudulent Initial Coin Offering

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced another enforcement action targeting a bogus initial coin offering (ICO). According to a release, the SEC has charged convicted criminal Boaz Manor, his business associate, and two businesses, CG Blockchain Inc. and BCT Inc. SEZC, with raising… Read More

An ICO by Any Other Name: SEC Issues Investor Alert on Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs)

The US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Investor Education and Advocacy division is warning the public that, because both Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs) and the platforms selling them may be unregistered and unregulated, investing in IEOs may be high risk- and not much different than… Read More

The New Proposed “Accredited Investor” Definition Changes And Why They Are A BIG Deal

While it passed somewhat under the radar with the holiday season, on December 18, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released a proposal to significantly amend the existing “accredited investor” definition; which is integral in determining who can participate in private securities transactions. The… Read More

SEC Asset Management Advisory Committee – Washington, DC

  The Securities and Exchange Commission today released the agenda for the inaugural meeting of the Asset Management Advisory Committee, which will be held on Jan. 14, 2020, at 9 a.m. ET. The Committee was formed to provide the Commission with diverse perspectives on asset… Read More

SEC Seeking Default Ruling Against AWOL ICOBox Founder Nikolay Evdokimov

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking a default judgment against Nikolay Evdokimov and his Cayman Islands firm ICOBox. The agency is also seeking permanent enjoinment of Evdokimov and ICOBox, a $16,059,428.99 disgorgement and a civil penalty against Evdokimov of about $190 000… Read More

SEC: Invoices Show Telegram Sold Tokens Through Brokers After Initial Raise

In the SEC’s January 2nd letter requesting compulsion of bank records from private messaging app provider Telegram, the regulator claimed it had documents showing that Telegram, “paid commissions to purchasers who were buying Grams to resell to other investors…” Brokered sales, the SEC wrote, “render… Read More

Judge Will Allow SEC to Question Telegram Execs on Disposition of TON Blockchain Investor Funds, Bank Records Not Immediately Compelled

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A judge presiding over case involving the SEC and private messaging company Telegram has ruled that the SEC can ask deposed executives questions about how they have been disposing of $1.7 billion USD raised in 2018 to fund construction of the Telegram blockchain. The SEC… Read More

SEC Compliance Office 2020 Examination Priorities Mostly Same When it Comes to Cryptocurrencies

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has released its 2020 Examination Priorities report. For the most part, there will be much business as usual at the OCIE, and the division will continue in 2020 to, “…prioritize the examination of certain practices, products, and… Read More

Dancing with Howey: Telegram’s Recent Public Notice on TON Blockchain

On Monday, Telegram, makers of the popular private messaging app Telegram, issued a public notice to, “clarify certain aspects of the TON Blockchain and Grams,” as the company, “continue(s) to prepare for a successful launch of the project.” TON is intended to function as a… Read More

Former Member of SEC’s Cyber Unit Comments on Telegram Enforcement Action: Did Telegram Fully Comply with Reg D?

Telegram, issuer of one of the highest-profile token offerings of all time that raised $1.7 billion, is in the midst of a protracted legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Last October, the SEC filed an emergency action and obtained a temporary restraining… Read More

Judge Allows Telegram to Submit Proposed Banking Disclosure Schedule in SEC Enforcement Case

The judge presiding over an SEC case alleging Telegram sold unlicensed securities has denied the SEC’s request for immediate disclosure of bank records relating to Telegram’s $1.7 billion sale of GRAM cryptographic tokens. Instead, Judge P. Kevin Castel has ordered the private messaging company to, “set… Read More

Have Your Say: The SEC is Accepting Feedback on Update to the Definition of an Accredited Investor

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is on the cusp of a significant update to the definition of an accredited investor (AI). Depending on the final rules, the Commission could broadly expand access to private securities offerings – a sector of the capital markets that… Read More

SEC Seeking to Compel Bank Records Regarding Telegram’s $1.7 Billion Token Sale

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has asked a judge to order Telegram to submit bank records detailing how it has been spending $1.7 billion USD it raised from investors in 2018, Finance Magnates(FM) reports. Telegram is currently contesting emergency orders obtained by the… Read More

Longfin CEO Venkata S. Meenavalli Settles with the SEC Regarding Reg A+ Fraud Enforcement Action

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that Longfin Corp. CEO Venkata S. Meenavalli has agreed to pay $400,000 in disgorgement and penalties to resolve the SEC’s fraud action against him. Longfin was a blockchain-focused company that completed a Reg A+ securities offering and quickly… Read More

U.S. Law Firm Sued for Advising “Crypto Assets are Not Securities”

A Delaware-registered company called Digital Capital Management is suing law firm Faegre Baker Daniels for allegedly providing “erroneous” legal advice in 2017 that greenlit establishment of a cryptocurrency/digital token investment fund. The story was broken by Bloomberg Law. The fund, Crypto Asset Management LLC (CAM),… Read More

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