Tagged: sec

SEC Issues Investor Alert on Self Directed IRAs, Includes Special Warning on Digital Assets such as ICOs

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an investor alert on Self Directed IRAs. As one would expect, the individual investor manages these retirement accounts without the assistance of an investment advisor. A self-directed IRA is held by a custodian that allows investment in a broader… Read More

In Bitcoin ETF Quest, Custody Looms as a Significant Issue

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pumped the brakes once again this week on firms offering Bitcoin based ETF. While these exchange traded funds have the potential to expand a far wider audience to the digital asset class, so far regulators have been hesitant to… Read More

SEC Delays Another Decision on a Bitcoin ETF Until Late September

The SEC (Securities Exchange Commission) announced yesterday that it will take a full 90 days to decide on a rule change that may permit VanEck SolidX to take a Bitcoin ETF to market. The latest request for a rule change came from the Chicago Board… Read More

Petition the SEC: Raise the Crowdfunding Limit to $20 Million

“small businesses are still shut out from equity crowdfunding due to the current regulatory constraints.” Recently, a group of prominent small business advocates and crowdfunding industry insiders sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton. The group, which included representatives of… Read More

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Issues Brief Statement on US Department of Treasury Fintech Report

Following the extensive report on Fintech published by the US Department of Treasury today, the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Jay Clayton, issued a brief statement calling the document a valuable contribution to the SEC’s mission; Chairman Clayton stated; “Today, the Treasury Department… Read More

Chamber of Digital Commerce & Token Alliance Publish Digital Token & ICO Guidelines, Addresses Challenge of Utility Tokens

The Chamber of Digital Commerce’s and their Token Alliance, an initiative of more than 350 blockchain and token experts from around the globe, has published a set of guidelines to help shape the responsible growth of the token and initial coin offering (ICO) markets. The document called Understanding Digital Tokens:… Read More

Here is the SEC Order that Shut Down the Winkelvoss Bitcoin Trust ETF

The Winkelvoss Bitcoin Trust ETF was denied the ability to publicly trade today by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The order filed by the SEC was part of an ongoing saga that stems from way back in 2016 when Bats BZX Exchange requested a… Read More

As SEC Denies Winkelvoss Bitcoin ETF, Commissioner Hester Peirce Publishes Dissent on Commission’s Decision

Commissioner Hester Peirce has slammed the Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision to deny trading of the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust on Bats BZX Exchange in a public statement. Peirce stated; “I am concerned that the Commission’s approach undermines investor protection by precluding greater institutionalization of the… Read More

Fixing the JOBS Act Beyond JOBS Act 3.0: Follow the Money

  Often repeated, but not always followed, is the advice: follow the money. Sometimes basic problems – and their solutions – are more readily understood (and solved) with this simple mantra. Effective capital markets are no exception. They demand faithful adherence to this principle. Lose… Read More

Jon “Ukyo” Montroll Pleads Guilty on Bitcoin Related Fraud, Operated WeExchange & Bitfunder

Jon Montroll, also known as “Ukyo” – former operated of two crypto businesses WeExchange and Bitfiunder, pled guilty to securities fraud and obstruction of justice charges leveled against Montroll in New York Federal Court in New York this week. Montroll launched Bitfunder in 2012 where… Read More

A Transfer Agent’s Blockchain Manifesto

When the blockchain mania began many commentators and market participants were quick to point out the revolutionary aspects of this technology and began sounding the death knell of the traditional securities industry. They claimed that there would no longer be any need for regulation or… Read More

Billy McFarland, Fyre Festival Founder, Slammed by SEC in Fraud Settlement

Multi-year offering fraud raised at least $27.4 million from over 100 investors The Fyre Festival was billed as a super luxe musical festival to be held in the Exumas (part of the Bahamas) populated by models and the super cool. Celebrities like Bella Hadid, Kendall… Read More

Tulsa Real Estate Fund Secures More Than $10 Million Through African-American Owned Regulation A+ Tier II Funding Round

Atlanta-based real estate investor, Jay Morrison, announced last week the initial public offering (IPO) of the Tulsa Real Estate Fund, which is claimed to be the first African-American owned Regulation A+ Tier II crowdfund designed to revitalize urban communities across the U.S., secured more than… Read More

Securities Token Roundtable Meets to Upgrade ERC20 Smart Contracts for Blockchain based Security Token Offerings

The flight to Barbados isn’t a short one.  I left home at 5am and didn’t get into Barbados until after midnight thanks to a minor delay caused by inclement weather surrounding Miami.  I heard that it’ll take roughly 35 hours for another person who’s coming… Read More

SEC Obtains Judgement Against Attorney, Law Firm Manager on Sales of Ubi Blockchain Stock

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained final judgments against attorney T.J. Jesky and his law firm’s business affairs manager, Mark F. DeStefano pertaining to the illegal sales of Ubi Blockchain stock. Both Jesky and DeStefano profited from sales in the stock. UBIA is a… Read More

SEC Charges Attorney T.J. Jesky & Mark DeStefano with Illegal Sales of Stock in UBI Blockchain Internet

The Securities and Exchange Commission has taken action against two individuals who allegedly benefited from the illegal sales of stock in a blockchain related business. Attorney T.J. Jesky and his law firm’s business affairs manager, Mark F. DeStefano, reportedly unlawfully sold shares inn UBI Blockchain Internet… Read More

Focusing on the How, Not the What: Making Sense of Recent SEC Guidance on Crypto Assets

Through a triad of recent releases/interviews, the SEC has further clarified how it views the offering and sale of crypto assets. These guidance materials provide some really good insight on the SEC’s thinking with respect to its treatment of crypto assets; including some bright line… Read More

SEC on ICO’s: The Central Thing is Decentralization

In June 14 comments before the “Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit: Crypto,” William Hinman, Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance, stated: ETHER is not a security Decentralization and means of promotion are key to determining whether a token is a security. A digital… Read More

SEC Alters Definition of Smaller Reporting Company

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has voted to adopt amendments to the “smaller reporting company” (SRC) definition. This change is designed to expand the number of companies that qualify for certain scaled disclosure accommodations thus making it easier (and perhaps less expensive) to comply… Read More

Evolution Blockchain Group Receives Order from SEC to Suspend Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issues an “Order of Suspension of Trading” for Evolution Blockchain Group, Inc. The firm was trading on OTC Link, previously labeled pink sheets.  Evolution Blockchain is a Nevada corporation trading under the ticker symbol EVBC. The SEC cited; “(1)… Read More