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Judge Castel: Telegram Fails to Establish Exemption from Registration

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Yesterday, in an Opinion and Order from Judge P. Kevin Castel, it was decided that Telegram has failed to establish an exemption from the registration requirement under existing securities law. Telegram is an app that is a highly popular messaging service utilized by more than… Read More

U.S. SEC Provides Update For COVID-19 Response

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has updated its response to COVID-19 and the related effects on the U.S. securities markets. The organization reported that its efforts are centered, first and foremost, on the health and safety of its employees as well as all… Read More

NASAA Slams SEC’s Proposal to Update Accredited Investor Definition to Enable Sophisticated Individuals to Qualify

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), the entity that lobbies on behalf of state and provincial regulators, is “urging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) not to move forward with its proposal to expand access to high-risk private securities offerings to individual investors.” NASAA… Read More

Securities and Exchange Commission Asks Staff to “Telework”

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has posted an “Operating Status” notification on its website indicating that much of its DC staff have been asked to work from home during the Coronavirus outbreak. Recently, the Commission has canceled multiple meetings, according to its event page…. Read More

ICOBox: SEC Obtains Default Judgement on $14.6 Million Illegal Securities Offering, Allegedly Failed to Register as Broker While Facilitating $650 Million in ICOs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has received a default judgment against ICOBox and founder Nikolay Evdokimov for conducting an illegal $14.6 million securities offering. In a release, the SEC said that Judge Dale S. Fischer of the United States District Court for the Central… Read More

Crypto Assets Will Help Private Capital Markets in Becoming the Standard, Says Jay Biancamano, Managing Director at State Street

Jay Biancamano, the managing director and digital currency lead at giant custodian bank State Street, has argued that crypto assets will assist the private capital market in becoming the global standard for trading within the next 10 years. During a recent episode of The Block’s… Read More

SEC Commissioners Issue Comments on Proposed Improvements to Exempt Offering Framework

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed significant changes to the exempt offering framework that should benefit issuers, investors and regulated platforms that facilitate these types of offerings. So far, industry response has been overwhelmingly positive. The proposed amendments will impact Reg CF, Reg… Read More

SEC Publishes Report on Reg A+: $2.216 Billion in Tier 2 offerings, Mostly Real Estate

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published an update on the progress of Regulation A, commonly referenced as Reg A+. When the JOBS Act of 2012 was signed into law, Regulation A received an update that took a securities exemption from just about zero… Read More

SEC: Open Commission Meeting Originally Scheduled for Today is Canceled

As Crowdfund Insider reported earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had scheduled an Open Meeting of the Commission to address access to capital for private firms. To quote the meeting memo: “The Commission will consider whether to propose rule amendments that would… Read More

Rule Change Pending? SEC Schedules Open Meeting on Expanding Access to Capital in Private Markets

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has scheduled an open meeting for March 4, 2020, to address access to capital in private markets. The meeting appears to infer a pending rule change that may impact online capital formation. According to the note posted on the… Read More

Dissent: SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Disagrees with Commission’s Decision to Deny Bitcoin ETF

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce has posted a statement dissenting from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision to, once again, decline to allow an exchange-traded product (ETP or ETF) for the world’s most popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin. The Commission denied NYSE Arca’s request to offer a Bitcoin… Read More

Telegram ICO: A Two-Phase Offering Does Not Inoculate an ICO from Federal Securities Law

As we have previously reported, Telegram is engaged in a legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in what may be the biggest SEC cryptocurrency case yet.  One the one side, you have Telegram that raised over a billion dollars from a digital… Read More

ICO Issuer Enigma MPC Settles with the SEC, Will Return Money to Investors,

Enigma MPC, formerly known as Newton Security Labs, has settled charges leveled by the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding an initial coin offering (ICO). The SEC had accused Enigma of conducting an unregistered securities offering. Enigma raised $45 million by selling… Read More

SEC Charges Ohio Businessman, Michael W. Ackerman, in Alleged Crypto Trading Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed charges against Michael W. Ackerman, of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, who allegedly organized a cryptocurrency trading scheme that raised approximately $33 million. The SEC said that about 150 investors including many physicians, lost money in the alleged fraud…. Read More

SEC Commissioner Peirce’s Speech Introducing Token Safe Harbor Concept: “This remains a work in progress”.

Yesterday, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce proposed a new rule for a Safe Harbor for tokens that will not be treated as securities. As Crowdfund Insider has previously reported, the proposed Rule 195 will allow an issuer up to three years to prove the digital asset… Read More

Here is the Token Safe Harbor Proposal by SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce

Yesterday, Crowdfund Insider reported on a speech delivered by SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce that outlined a safe harbor for digital assets that may not be regulated as securities. In brief, Rule 195, proposed that a token issuer has three years for a digital asset to… Read More

Rule 195: SEC Commissioner Peirce Proposes Safe Harbor for Token Offerings Not Immediately Deemed to be Securities [u]

Today, in a speech delivered at an event in Chicago, SEC Commissioner Peirce presented a new proposal in the treatment of digital assets that may not be treated as securities perhaps representing a dramatic shift in the US token offering marketplace. In the US, pretty… Read More

SEC Commissioner Peirce Proposes New Rules for Non Security Token Offerings

SEC Commissioner Peirce has proposed new rules regarding digital assets that may not be securities upon issuance. The proposal was revealed at a speech in Chicago today. As we understand it, Peirce’s proposal, Rule 195, will “set a course for compliant blockchain projects to innovate… Read More

SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Meeting: Private Investment in Early Stage Firms Rise, Public Companies Decline. What to Do …

This week, the SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee met at the Commission to discuss access to capital around the country. Multiple presentations were delivered on the state of access to capital including one by the Office of the Advocate for Small Business as… Read More

SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Shares Agenda for February Meeting

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee has published its agenda for the forthcoming meeting taking place on February 4th. According to the SEC, the committee will explore funding gaps that impede growth opportunities for entrepreneurs and job creators. The… Read More

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