Tagged: securities and exchange commission

Another ICO Returns Money to Investors as SEC Files Charges Against BitClave for an Unregistered Digital Security Offering

BitClave, a blockchain-based firm that completed an initial coin offering (ICO) for “Consumer Activity Tokens” (CAT) in 2017, has agreed to return investor money, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This is just the latest ICO that has had to backtrack on a… Read More

Another Lawsuit Filed Against Block.one for Allegedly Collecting $200 Million+ in Funds in an Illegal Manner

Investors are reportedly looking to recover funds they had invested in EOS tokens, which they did through the record-breaking $4.1 billion initial coin offering (ICO) conducted by Block.one, the Cayman Islands-registered software developer that created EOS, one of the largest platforms for building decentralized applications… Read More

SEC Announces New Investor Advisory Committee Members, Still No Fintechs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has added six new members to its Investor Advisory Committee. The Committee is required under law and it seeks to advise the Commission on regulatory priorities regarding securities, trading and investment, disclosure, and investor protection issues. The new members… Read More

Former SEC Enforcement Attorney Philip Moustakis Comments on Telegram Decision to Abandon Token Offering: Facts & Circumstances Rule

Earlier this week, it was reported that Telegram has decided to abandon its initiative to launch a blockchain platform called TON (Telegram Open Network) and a cryptocurrency named Gram. The decision was the direct result of an ongoing enforcement action launched by the US Securities… Read More

Telegram has Officially Abandoned its TON Blockchain and Gram Tokens Project Due to Lengthy Court Battle with US SEC

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Encrypted messaging provider Telegram has reportedly abandoned its TON blockchain project after a lengthy court battle with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Pavel Durov, founder of Telegram, confirmed on May 12, 2020, that the Telegram Open Network (TON) initiative would be discontinued, because… Read More

Telegram to Hand Over Official Communications, Financial Statements, and Other Info Related to its Allegedly Unlawful ICO to SEC

Encrypted messaging service provider Telegram says it will be handing over official communications, bank records and other relevant information to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These details are reportedly being provided as part of an ongoing legal battle against Telegram. US authorities have… Read More

Telegram Says it will Be Unable to Offer Previously Promised 110% Refund to US Investors after SEC told Company to Suspend Operations

Encrypted messaging provider Telegram reportedly missed its April 30, 2020 deadline for launching the Telegram Open Network (TON), a blockchain platform (under development) that will be protected by a built-in “anonymizer” and proxy. The TON platform aims to offer messaging, the Gram cryptocurrency, and various… Read More

SEC Relaxes Certain Reg CF Rules to Aid Smaller Firms in Need of Funding

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that temporary rule changes regarding Reg CF (Regulation Crowdfunding) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a release, the SEC is following suggestions made by members of the SEC’s Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee. The… Read More

Telegram to Refund Money from GRAM ICO? Perhaps.

Last Thursday, a letter posted on the Russian website of SmartLab said that Telegram will offer GRAM purchasers the option to receive their money back as the deadline for the issuance of the tokens had passed. Telegram has been in an ongoing legal battle with… Read More

Next: The SEC Hits Dropil and Founders with Charges Regarding Unregistered Initial Coin Offering

The long march of crypto enforcement actions continued today when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed charges against Dropil and founders Jeremy McAlpine, Zachary Matar, and Patrick O’Hara pertaining to an initial coin offering (ICO). As has become fairly commonplace, the SEC is alleging… Read More

SEC Files Fraud Charges Against Individual Who Raised Money for Cannabis Related Companies, Allegedly the Money was Spent on Crypto, Adult Entertainment, Cars & More

  The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges against Steven L. Brickner of South Florida. Brickner allegedly committed fraud in relation to $5.5 million raised to invest in Cannabis-related companies including one called “High Country” in Colorado. According to the SEC, Brickner… Read More

Renaissance Technologies’ Medallion Funds Approved to Offer Products Involving Bitcoin (BTC) Futures Market

A somewhat secretive but promising hedge fund has reportedly been approved to make investments in the Bitcoin (BTC) futures markets. As noted in a document dated March 30, 2020, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has now permitted Renaissance Technologies’ Medallion Funds to offer… Read More

Crowdfunding Industry Insider Criticizes SEC Proposal on Special Purpose Vehicles for Reg CF

Special Purpose Vehicles or “SPVs” have long been requested by FINRA regulated platforms participating in the Reg CF sector of crowdfunding. Under current rules, SPVs are not allowed to be utilized. This may soon change as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed enabling… Read More

A Bank Loan Alternative: Honeycomb Credit CEO Provides Insight into Crowdfunding Platform Performance During Coronavirus Crisis

George Cook, the CEO of Honeycomb Credit, is a sixth-generation community banker who started a loan crowdfunding portal to support main street small businesses. A FINRA regulated funding portal, Honeycomb is a debt only seeing an opportunity to supplant bank lending or competing Fintechs that… Read More

Perspective: What the Proposed SEC Changes Mean for the US Crowdfunding Industry

Earlier this month, The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a set of amendments to the exemptive framework under the Securities Act of 1933. This includes a notable update to Reg CF – increasing the funding cap from its current $1.07 million to $5 million…. Read More

SEC Provides Temporary Relief for BDCs Investing in SMEs

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that it is providing temporary, conditional exemptive relief for business development companies (BDCs) to enable them to make additional investments in small and medium-sized businesses. The SEC pointed out that this included firms affected by COVID-19. BDCs invest… Read More

An Overview Chart of SEC Proposed Changes to the Exempt Offering Ecosystem

Do you find the alphabet soup of securities exemptions confusing? Well, you are not alone. A more Machiavellian type would posit that exempt securities offerings were designed by lawyers knowing that the Hoi Polloi would be willing to pay top dollar to decipher the jumble… Read More

The Blockchain Association Files Amicus Brief in Support of Telegram’s Battle with the SEC

Telegram has been engaged in an ongoing battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding the sale of GRAM tokens – an offering that raised $1.7 billion. The legal fisticuffs kicked off last October when the SEC filed an emergency action and obtained a… Read More

SEC to Consider Rule Change to Improve Access to Capital for SMEs

The Securities and Exchange Commission has scheduled an open meeting for this coming Wednesday (Apri 8, 2020) to consider amendments that may improve the ecosystem to foster access to capital for SMEs. As we all know, SMEs have been pummeled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many… Read More

SEC Small Business Advocate to Host Virtual Coffee Breaks. First Meeting to Include NextSeed, Republic and Honeycomb Credit

Earlier this week the SEC Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation announced a series of  “virtual coffee breaks” to engage with the public to discuss updates, trends, and perspectives on how COVID-19 is impacting raising capital. The very first virtual gather is… Read More

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