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SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Comes to the Defense of Unikrn and ICO Settlement

Earlier today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a settlement with Unikrn, a digital asset issuer that was deemed to have transgressed securities law in the offering of an unregistered security via an initial coin offering (ICO). Unikrn agreed to pay a $6.1 million… Read More

SEC Adopts Massive Changes To “Accredited Investor” Definition

Its official, the “accredited investor” definition, which has not changed significantly since its enactment almost 40 years ago, has been massively upgraded. On August 26, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted final amendments to the “accredited investor” definition which fundamentally change and broaden… Read More

SEC Broadens Definition of Accredited Investor to Include Certain Sophistication Measures

As widely anticipated, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) updated the definition of an Accredited Investor expanding the rule by adding certain sophistication criteria. The current definition defines an individual who earns over $200,000 a year ($300,000 if married) as accredited. If an individual has… Read More

Anna Pinedo, Partner at Mayer Brown, Comments on Possible Update to Regulation S-K

Tomorrow, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will reveal any changes to Regulation S-K. A proposal by the Commission was introduced in 2019. According to the meeting notice, the Commission will consider: “whether to adopt amendments to modernize the description of business, legal proceedings, and… Read More

It’s Time for the Definition of an Accredited Investor to Change and Allow Greater Access to Individual Investors

Later this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will update the definition of an Accredited Investor – a rule that has been in place for decades. An open meeting of the Commission is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26, 2020. The current rule allows individuals… Read More

SEC to Hold Open Meeting to Address Accredited Investor Definition

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has scheduled an open meeting of the Commission to address several regulatory issues including an update to the current definition of an Accredited Investor. Regarding the Accredited Investor definition the SEC states it will consider: “whether to adopt amendments… Read More

SEC Files Civil Enforcement Action Against Brendan Ross, Former Direct Lending Investments CEO, Criminal Charges Filed by DOJ

Brendan Ross, the former CEO and founder of Direct Lending Investments (DLI), is the target of a Civil Enforcement Action filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week. Direct Lending Investments was once a prominent participant in the online lending industry in the… Read More

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Begins Second Term While Caroline A. Crenshaw Begins First Term as New Commissioner

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that Caroline A. Crenshaw and Hester M. Peirce have been sworn into office as SEC commissioners. Commissioner Peirce is commencing her second term as a Commissioner while Commissioner Crenshaw is beginning her first. Commissioner Crenshaw fills a… Read More

SEC Issues Cease & Desist, Remedial Sanctions in Settlement Against Boon.Tech and ICO

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced charges against Boon.Tech and its CEO Rajesh Pavithran alleging fraud and registration violations in connection with a $5 million initial coin offering (ICO). According to the SEC’s order, from November 2017 to January 2018, Boon.Tech raised approximately… Read More

Sebastian Gomez Abero Appointed as Deputy Director of the SEC’s Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation

Longtime Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staffer Sebastian Gomez Abero has been named Deputy Director of the SEC’s Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation (OASB). Gomez Abero has been serving as Senior Advisor to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. The OASB was created… Read More

Popular SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Confirmed by Voice Vote for 5 More Years

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce, a public official that has long favored Fintech innovation and more specifically the digital asset sector, has been confirmed by the US Senate on a voice vote for another 5 year term. The vote was held yesterday and indicative of a… Read More

Underserved Small Businesses Have Been Dramatically Impacted by COVID, Improvements to Crowdfunding Can Help

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee met to discuss how capital markets are serving underrepresented segments of entrepreneurship and small businesses. As we all know, every early-stage firm needs to have access to capital to thrive… Read More

US SEC Awards Contract to CipherTrace because it’s the “Only Known” Blockchain Forensics Tool that can Track Binance Chain Transactions

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed on July 29, 2020 that it’s planning to award a single-source contract to blockchain security firm CipherTrace, a Menlo Park, California based business that recently introduced real-time predictive risk scoring for cryptocurrencies. The SEC said that CipherTrace… Read More

SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Posts Agenda for August Meeting

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee has posted its agenda for its upcoming meeting scheduled for August 4th. The SEC states that the Committee will focus its agenda on how capital markets are serving underrepresented founders, including minorities and… Read More

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

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

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