Tagged: securities and exchange commission

SEC Director of Investment Management Dalia Blass: Bitcoin Futures Interval Fund “Close to Launch”

Dalia Blass, director of the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Division of Investment Management told an audience at the 2019 ICI Securities Law Developments Conference this week, “that a registered closed-end interval fund with a bitcoin futures strategy is preparing to launch.” According to Investopedia: “An interval fund is… Read More

SEC’s Associate Director of Enforcement Appearing at NYU Women in Cybersecurity Event

Carolyn Welshhans, the SEC’s Associate Director of Enforcement, will be speaking on a panel at New York University’s (NYU’s) Women Leaders in Cybersecurity event December 5th. According to a tweet from the SEC, Welshhans will be discussing the SEC Enforcement Division’s, “approach to cybersecurity issues,… Read More

Doug Ellenoff Comments on SEC Concept Release on Regulatory Harmonization: “The SEC has considerable rule making authority to make the changes it believes necessary”

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a significant review of the securities exemption ecosystem in June of this year. During the past few decades, the Commission, with some help from Congress, has updated and added to the many rules that regulate private securities offerings…. Read More

Bitcoin Store: UK Citizen and Fraudster Renwick Haddow Barred by SEC

Renwick Haddow, a UK citizen who allegedly perpetrated multiple frauds, has received additional sanctions from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Haddow apparently also adopted the alias “Jonathan Black.” Haddow was previously disqualified as a director of any United Kingdom company for eight years, and… Read More

SEC Schedules Conference on “The State of Our Securities Markets”

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has scheduled a conference tackling the topic of “The State of Our Securities Markets.” The event, which is open to the public, will take place on December 4th, 2019 at SEC HQ on F Street in Washington, DC. The… Read More

ICO Issuers that Sold Unregistered Securities May Not Be Able to Pay Penalties Assessed by the SEC. What Happens Now?

Last week, Crowdfund Insider referred to several Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement actions that addressed the sale of unregistered securities by issuers of initial coin offerings (ICOs). Penalties assessed by the SEC are now coming due for several prominent enforcement actions brought by the… Read More

Payments Software Firm Bill.com Is Planning to Raise $100 Million via an IPO

Payment software firm Bill.com is planning to raise $100 million through an initial public offering (IPO), according to a recent filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Established in 2006 by PayCycle co-founder René Lacerte, Bill.com provides cloud-based business payments and offers a… Read More

Final Judgement: VERI ICO Ordered to Pay $9.5 Million Penalty for Violation of Securities Law

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced the final judgment in regards to the Veri initial coin offering (ICO) which was deemed to be sales of unregistered securities. Veritaseum, Inc. and Veritaseum, LLC  along with Reginald Middleton have been ordered to pay a $9.5… Read More

Report: Some Crypto Firms that Settled with the SEC May Not be Able to Cover Mandated Settlements

Some cryptocurrency firms that were the target of the Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Enforcement may not be able to adhere to the agreed-upon settlements, according to WSJ.com. Paragon and Airfox are both mentioned in the report. The two companies were deemed to have… Read More

Telegram Files Response to SEC Action Blocking US Token Sales

Lawyers for Telegram have responded to the SEC complaint that led a judge in October to temporarily forbid the sale of GRAM tokens to retail investors in the US. Telegram, provider of a popular encrypted messaging app (Messenger) that permits anonymous communicating, was started by… Read More

Crypto Mom: SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Says Lack of Regulatory Framework has Harmed Digital Asset Innovation

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce delivered a speech, entitled Broken Windows, addressing SEC enforcement actions earlier this week. Peirce reviewed the topic in advance of the annual report on such actions. The SEC Division of Enforcement is the largest Division within the Commission. According to the… Read More

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton: Main Street investors should be able to invest in the private market on terms similar to those available to institutional investors

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton has re-affirmed his belief that retail investors should have a compliant path to access more private securities offerings. While initial public offerings (IPOs) have morphed into an exit opportunity for big money where retail investors end up… Read More

SEC Division of Enforcement Annual Report: “A diverse mix of 862 enforcement actions” including ICOs and Digital Assets

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Division of Enforcement, has published its annual report on enforcement. The Division of Enforcement is the largest division at the SEC. The report states that, during the fiscal year, the SEC brought “a diverse mix of 862 enforcement actions,… Read More

Despite SEC Lawsuit, Telegram Launches Early Version of Desktop Wallet for Its Blockchain-based Gram Tokens

Encrypted messaging provider Telegram has launched an early desktop wallet for its blockchain-based Gram tokens. Users can download Telegram’s test app for Windows, MacOS, Linux 64 bit operating systems from the company’s official website and get their keys on the Telegram Open Network (TON) testnet. … Read More

SEC and CFTC Charge Swiss-Based First Global Credit for Selling Unregistered Swaps for Bitcoins; Website Domain Seized by FBI

A Switzerland-based securities dealer called XBT Corp/First Global Credit has been charged and fined by the American SEC and CFTC for, “selling unregistered security-based swaps to U.S. investors using bitcoins and for failing to transact its swaps on a registered national exchange.” The company’s website has… Read More

Report: Investors Grant Extension to Telegram After US Token Sales Halted in SEC Emergency Action

Telegram’s appeal to investors asking for a six-month extension on the launch of the TON blockchain in the wake of an American SEC emergency action against the firm has been granted, Russian Forbes reports. Paraphrasing two unnamed sources, the outlet claims: “Investors in the Telegram… Read More

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Schedules Meeting, Will Discuss Concept Release on Harmonization of Securities Exemptions

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on Nov. 7, 2019. A portion of the meeting will address the SEC’s concept release on the Harmonization of Securities Offering Exemptions. The meeting, which is open to the public and… Read More

New York District Court Postpones Telegram’s TON Hearing to February 2020

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York postponed the hearing regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) injunction filing against London-based encrypted messaging service provider Telegram.  The hearing has been scheduled to take place on February 18–19, 2020. Telegram’s management had… Read More

SEC and Morehouse College Hosting Event for Minority Entrepreneurs in Atlanta

The US Securities and Exchange Commission and Morehouse College are co-hosting a panel discussion for the general public on October 24th in Atlanta. From 4 to 7 pm, panelists and attendees will address and hear about, “strategies to attract investment capital to minority businesses.” The… Read More

Telegram Responds to SEC’s Enforcement Action: SEC is Attempting to “Steamroll Telegram Into Consenting to a Preliminary Injunction Where There is No Need”

Telegram has responded to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement action revealed last week. On October 11, the SEC filed an emergency action and obtained a temporary restraining order against Telegram. The SEC targeted an alleged unregistered, ongoing digital token offering in the U.S. and… Read More

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