Tagged: securities and exchange commission

Telegram Enforcement Action: “A reminder that the SEC not only has considerable enforcement tools but is willing to use them”

Last week, Crowdfund Insider reported on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action against Telegram and the issuance of Gram tokens. The move by the SEC is a doozy and telling. First, Telegram sold about $1.7 billion in a SAFT (simple agreement for future… Read More

Following SEC Action Halting TON Token Sale in US, Telegram Issues Letter to Investors

A letter from a spokesperson for Telegram regarding the SEC’s emergency action to halt the sale of GRAM tokens to US investors has been making the rounds in the crypto media and on forums. In the the letter, “Shyam” states that Telegram, maker of a… Read More

SEC Is Holding Settlement Discussions With Allegedly Fraudulent ICO Organizer Reggie Middleton

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reportedly initiated settlement discussions with Reggie Middleton, the manager of Veritaseum’s (VERI) $14.8 million initial coin offering (ICO). In August, the SEC Enforcement Division announced charges against Reginald “Reggie” Middleton who allegedly engaged in fraud related to… Read More

SEC’s Concept Release Comment Period Closes. So What Say You on Regulatory Harmonization & Access to Capital?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) officially closed comments on its concept release regarding regulatory harmonization of securities offerings exemptions on September 24, 2019. But as in past cases, comments have continued to trickle in and we would not be surprised if more follow. That… Read More

Siacoin Makers Settle with SEC, Pay $225K Fine for Issuing Unregistered Securities

Without admitting or denying anything, Nebulous, a company that raised $120,000 USD in two early-days digital token sales, has settled with the SEC and agreed to pay approximately $225,000 USD in disgorgements and penalties. Nebulous maintains the Sia Network, a “decentralized cloud storage platform…more robust… Read More

Block.one, Creator of EOS Blockchain, Pays $24 Million Fine to SEC for Conducting $4 Billion ICO, Company “Excited to Resolve” Issue

EOS.io on iPhone

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has settled charges against Block.one, high-profile creator of the blockchain network EOS, for allegedly conducting an unlicensed multi-billion USD ICO (initial coin offering) crowdsale. Block.one has agreed to pay a $24 million USD civil penalty: “The Securities and… Read More

Comments Sought: SEC Seeking Rule Change to Enhance Transparency in OTC Deals Involving Retail Investors

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to Exchange Act Rule 15c2-11. The amended rule seeks to, “provide greater transparency to the investing public by requiring that information about the issuer and the security be current and publicly available… Read More

SeedInvest Hammers on Definition of an Accredited Investor: “the current accredited investor definition is severely misguided and needs to change”

SeedInvest, one of the largest investment crowdfunding platforms in the US, has posted a comment letter pertaining to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) concept release on regulatory harmonization. The comment letter is expected to be “one of multiple” letters with this first one addressing… Read More

Funding Circle Provides Lessons from “Foreign Frameworks” in Comment Letter Addressing SEC’s Concept Release on Regulatory Harmonization

Funding Circle lobby

Funding Circle (LSE:FCH), a leading peer to peer (marketplace) lending platform serving SMEs, has posted a comment letter regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission (SECs) concept release on regulatory harmonization. Funding Circle is the largest peer to peer lender in the UK – the country… Read More

Report: Embattled ICO-Issuer Kik Closing Down Messaging App

Two individuals who requested anonymity are claiming that Kik has begun disbanding the Isreali subsidiary responsible for running its messaging app, CalcalistTech reports. According to the outlet: “The company is moving all the app’s users to alternative platforms…The 70 employees of Kik’s Israeli cryptocurrency subsidiary… Read More

More ICO Fraud: SEC Charges Jonathan C. Lucas and Fantasy Market, an Adult Entertainment Marketplace, for Fraudulent ICO

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed its latest complaint targeting another allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO). According to a release, the SEC has charged Jonathan C. Lucas, the former founder and CEO of Fantasy Market, an online adult entertainment marketplace, with orchestrating… Read More

Wefunder’s Nick Tommarello Posts Comment on SEC Concept Release: Currently, Reg CF is “Most Often a Funding Option of Last Resort”

Wefunder, the leading crowdfunding platform using the Reg CF securities exemption, has posted a comment letter on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s concept release authored by Wefunder co-founder and CEO Nick Tommarello. The SEC’s concept release is an ongoing consultation on the current regulatory environment… Read More

US House Financial Services Committee to Hold Hearing with ALL SEC Commissioners. Topics Include Cryptocurrency & Facebook’s Libra; Private Markets vs. Public Markets

The US House Financial Services Committee is planning to ask the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to provide additional information about a litany of topics including cryptocurrencies and Facebook’s stablecoin project Libra. Other topics include the discussion on private markets vs. public markets as well… Read More

SEC Chair Jay Clayton Comments on the Change in Public Capital Markets: A Lot of Growth is Happening in Our Private Markets

Today, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton was interviewed by Andrew Ross Sorkin during the annual Delivering Alpha event produced by CNBC. During the interview, Chair Clayton took the opportunity to address the shifting landscape of the private markets in comparison to public… Read More

Former Member of SEC’s Cyber Unit, Philip Moustakis, Comments on ICOBox Enforcement Action: “a Somewhat Irresistible Case for SEC Staff”

Yesterday, Crowdfund Insider covered the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action brought against ICOBox and its founder Nikolay Evdokimov. The complaint by the SEC specifically targeted ICOBox’s own initial coin offering (ICO) and the fact that ICOBox provided services to other ICOs acting like… Read More

SEC Charges Florida Lawyer for Greenlighting Sale of Unregistered Securities

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed civil charges against a “long-time” Florida securities lawyer accused of aiding and abetting”  an alleged $322 million USD securities fraud. Criminal charges were laid simultaneously September 17th against Attorney Jan Douglas Atlas, 74 of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The… Read More

VanEck and SolidX Withdraw Bitcoin ETF Proposal at SEC

VanEck and SolidX have withdrawn their request to the SEC for a rule change that would have allowed the Cboe BZX Exchange to list retail shares issued by the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust. The application for the rule change was first filed January 30th of this… Read More

ICOBox and Founder Nikolay Evdokimov Sued by Securities and Exchange Commission Targeting $14 Million ICO as Illegal Securities Offering

ICO Securities Fraud The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has continued its long march of enforcement actions regarding initial coin offerings (ICO) and the platforms that supported them. According to the SEC, ICOBox and founder Nikolay Evdokimov conducted an “illegal $14 million securities offering of… Read More

Observations and Thoughts on the SEC’s Harmonization Concept Release

The securities regulatory regime in the United States is one based on the principle of disclosure, disclosure, and more disclosure; only those who can fend for themselves may invest without the benefits of statutorily prescribed disclosure. Therefore in the United States, there are only three… Read More

Interim Overstock CEO: tZERO Investigation by SEC “Almost Dormant”

An investigation by the SEC into a $134 million STO (security token offering) by Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK) subsidiary tZERO seems “almost dormant,” Overstock interim CEO Jonathan Johnson told Fox Business this week. Johnson, stepped to helm Overstock, after long-time CEO and founder Patrick Byrne resigned August 22nd…. Read More

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