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Regional Director of the SEC’s Fort Worth Office Who Pursued AriseBank’s ICO Fraud Departs Agency

Shamoil T. Shipchandler, the Director of the Fort Worth Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission, has departed the agency, according to a note by the SEC. During his tenure in Fort Worth, Shipchandler pursued some “novel cases” including cryptocurrency fraud. Shipchandler oversaw a team… Read More

Back to Work: Securities and Exchange Commission is Back on the Job as Government Re-Opens

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is back on the job as President Trump signed a bill that will re-open the government for three weeks – until February 15th. The closure of federal offices was due to a political spat between the Democrats and the… Read More

Real Estate Crowdfunding: A Discussion with William Skelley, Former CEO of iFunding

iFunding was an early entrant into the real estate crowdfunding sector. Once Title II of the JOBS Act became law (Reg D 506c), it opened up a new world of online promotion for securities offerings and real estate almost immediately became one of the hottest… Read More

US Government Shutdown Slams the Breaks on Reg A+ Issuers. Is there an Alternative to Fix the Logjam?

There has been a good amount of discussion about the impact of the government shutdown and the effect on government employees who are not being paid.  The shutdown is also undermining sectors of the economy that depend on furloughed public employees. One sector of finance that has… Read More

VanEck Withdraws Bitcoin ETF Proposal at SEC

VanEck has withdrawn it’s its SEC application for a rule change that would allow the company to list a Bitcoin ETF on the Cboe exchange. According to the relevant release from the SEC, VanEck first filed for the rule change on June 20th of last… Read More

Enforcement Never Rests: SEC Announces Charges in the Edgar Hacking Case

Even while much of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is on furlough due to the US government shutdown, today the SEC announced charges against nine defendants for participating a hack into the SEC’s EDGAR system – the database that hosts all mandated securities filings…. Read More

SEC Fined and Sanctioned Crypto Project Paragon Pumps 6800% on Russian Exchange

A Happy New Year, indeed. Paragon Coin (PRG), the crypto token of a “cannabis on blockchain” project sanctioned in November by the SEC, pumped 6800% overnight on New Year’s Eve on the Russian crypto exchange Yobit. When PRG holders woke up in the new year,… Read More

“Riot Blockchain” Associate Settles Microcap Fraud Case with SEC

Dr. Philip Frost, a biotech billionaire accused of “fleecing investors…(in) lucrative market manipulation schemes” has agreed to pay $5.5 million in penalties to the American Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), CNBC reports. Frost is a business associate of Barry Honig, the accused ringleader int he alleged… Read More

CoinAlpha: How a Small Mistake Can Get You in Trouble with the SEC

Recently, the SEC has charged the gamut of ICO players with violating the securities laws, including companies raising money with ICOs, an exchange, and people promoting ICOs. None of the recent cases contained allegations of fraud and in some cases, the companies attempted to comply… Read More

SEC Dramatically Scales Back Operations During Government Shutdown

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a brief statement in light of the government shutdown predicated by the political impasse between the Trump administration and Congress. President Trump has said he will not sign a bill funding the government unless funding for… Read More

Templum Submits Rulemaking Petition to the SEC, Seeks Clarity on Clearance & Settlement Involving Blockchain Technology Platforms

Earlier this month, Templum, a digital asset trading platform, submitted a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requesting regulatory clarity on certain issues in the securities token space. Specifically, Templum asked the SEC to “provide needed guidance related to post-trade activities in the… Read More

SEC Settles with Robo Advisors Wealthfront & Hedgeable on Claims of False Statements

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settled proceedings against Wealthfront Advisors LLC and Hedgeable, Inc, regarding claims of making false statements and publishing misleading advertising. This enforcement action marks the first the SEC has taken against Robo-advisors – a hot sector of Fintech. Wealthfront, a… Read More

Mark Elenowitz: Reg A+ Issuers that Want to Trade on OTC Markets Have a Problem

Today, Reg A+ received a big boost from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as they announced that reporting firms will soon be able to use the security exemption. Old Regulation A was an exemption that just about no one used – ever. It took… Read More

SEC to Allow Reporting Companies to Use Reg A+ Securities Exemption to Raise Capital

Long requested by Reg A+ fans, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved final rules that will allow reporting companies to utilize the Regulation A (frequently referenced as Reg A+) exemption to raise capital. The amendments to Reg A+ will become effective upon publication in… Read More

What the SEC’s ICO Crackdown Means For You

Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been actively pursuing all players in the initial coin offering (ICO) space, including companies that have raised money with ICOs, an exchange, people promoting ICOs, and most recently, an ICO investment fund. The SEC’s recent actions are… Read More

SEC Looks to Address “Patchwork” of Private Offering Exemptions, Staff to Comment on Accredited Investor Definition

During the 37th annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Jay Clayton opened the event with a couple of interesting statements. Clayton commented on the byzantine ecosystem that has emerged, over many decades of legislation and rulemaking, for issuers… Read More

Former AriseBank Executives Implicated in Allegedly Fraudulent ICO Settle with the Securities and Exchange Commission

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has settled with the executive management involved with the AriseBank initial coin offering (ICO). The allegedly fraudulent ICO came to a screeching halt with the SEC obtained a court order halting the AriseBank ICO that targeted retail investors to invest in the… Read More

37th Annual SEC Government-Business Forum On Small Business Capital Formation – Columbus

The SEC and the National Center for the Middle Market at The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business will host the SEC’s annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation. This annual forum provides a platform to highlight additional measures to improve… Read More

SEC Enforcement Co-Director Emphasizes Importance of International Cooperation to Combat ICO Fraud

Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Division of  Enforcement, told an audience at Harvard Law School this week that, given the increasingly cross-border nature of ICO and securities fundraising, “Collaboration with international regulators and law enforcement is critical to the SEC’s civil law enforcement success.”… Read More

SEC Shuts Down Unregistered CoinAlpha Crypto Fund

The SEC has settled with CoinAlpha Advisors LLC, a Delaware-registered, California-based company the Commission says sold a cryptocurrency investment fund product without registering with the SEC or qualifying for a securities exemption. According to the cease-and-desist order issued Friday, December 7th, CoinAlpha Advisors formed in… Read More

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