Tagged: securities and exchange commission

What Lessons Can Token Issuers Learn from Recent Federal / State Securities Enforcement Activity?

In this article we discuss a number of lessons that we believe issuers of digital tokens can draw from recent enforcement actions brought by federal and state securities regulators. But we first need to define the perimeter we will be covering. There has been a… Read More

SEC Adds Charges Associated withe Centra Initial Coin Offering Fraud, Says Raymond Trapani was “Mastermind” Behind the Scam

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released additional fraud charges affiliated with the Centra Tech $32 million initial coin offering (ICO) that raised money in 2017. Ealier this month, the SEC filed a complaint against Centra Tech, Sohrab “Sam” Sharma and Robert Farkas regarding… Read More

tZero Says it is Meeting with SEC & 40 Regulators to Discuss Initial Coin Offering Regulations

Joe Cammarata, President of tZero, was visiting with Security Token Academy last week when he made an interesting comment. Cammarata said he was scheduled to meet with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC this week to discuss regulation of tokenized securities. The transcript is… Read More

SEC to Hold Roundtable Discussion on Thinly Traded Securities

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has scheduled a roundtable to discuss thinly-traded exchange-listed securities, both equities and exchange-traded products. The roundtable will take place on April 23 at the SEC’s headquarters at 100 F Street, NE in DC. The roundtable is open to the public and… Read More

SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation Final Report: Top Request is Fix the Definition of an Accredited Investor

The 36 Annual SEC Small Government Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation took place last November in Austin, Texas. This past week, the SEC published the final report which includes the list of recommendations as prioritized by the participants in this yearly gathering between… Read More

The SEC is Reviewing Whether to List Bitcoin ETFs on CBOE

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed an “Order Instituting Proceedings” to determine if they should approve the listing of shares of the GraniteShares Bitcoin ETF and the GraniteShares Short Bitcoin ETF on the CBOE BZX Exchange. This is similar to a process that was initiated last… Read More

What’s next for the ICO? Reflections on Securities Law and the Future of Initial Coin Offerings

  To date, fundraising has been blockchain’s killer app. In 2017, Initial Coin Offering (ICO) fundraising eclipsed that of traditional venture capital, and in 2018, ICOs have already raised nearly $3 billion in non-dilutive funding. This new form of early-stage financing is incredibly promising, at… Read More

SEC Updates on AriseBank ICO Scam that was Pumped by Evander Holyfield

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has posted an update regarding the ongoing case against AriseBank and their initial coin offering which has been deemed a scam by the regulator. This same ICO was pumped by famous boxer Evander Holyfield. In fact, a press release was issued… Read More

Initial Coin Offerings: Why the SAFT is DEAD …

Investment in the cryptocurrency industry is currently dominated by the use of Simple Agreements for Future Tokens (SAFTs). While SAFTs were a somewhat novel approach when they were introduced, now that cryptocurrency assets have become almost universally deemed “securities” by the SEC, the use of… Read More

SEC Alleges Manipulated Trading in HD View 360 Shares, Names CEO and UK Broker Dealer in Fraud Allegations, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Pursues Criminal Prosecution

HD View 360 Inc (OTC:HDVW), another company that issued a press-release mentioning Blockchain only to see trading in their shares suspended, has been hit with an enforcement action by the Securities and Exchange Commission along with a related criminal prosecution. The SEC first issued an… Read More

No Surprise: SEC Enforcement Division Co-Director Stephanie Avakian Says Dozens of Investigations Ongoing in Cryptocurrency Space

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) first launched investigations into initial coin offerings (ICOs) and the gatekeepers that have been facilitating these offerings several months back. The news of these investigations was first published by Crowdfund Insider in late February. Chatter regarding investigations had been building… Read More

Initial Coin Offering Attorneys Beware, You Could Be Next!

Following the SEC’s recent initial subpoena offerings (pun intended) targeting initial coin offering (ICO) issuers, many believe the SEC might now turn its sights toward some of the gatekeepers involved in the subject ICOs, including the attorneys. Some attorneys practicing in the ICO space have… Read More

Most US Crowdfunding Platforms will Become Broker Dealers and Some May Become ATSs

Any US based cryptocurrency exchange is going to be compelled to become an Alternative Trading System (ATS), a regulated trading platform but not a full blown exchange. They have to do it or else. The Securities and Exchange Commission has been increasing the volume of… Read More

Four Takeaways from SEC Warning that Cryptocurrency Exchanges May Be Unlawful Trading Platforms

On March 7, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a public statement warning that cryptocurrency coin exchanges were possibly operating as unlawful online trading platforms¹.  The SEC staff noted that “many online trading platforms appear to investors as SEC-registered and regulated marketplaces when… Read More

How to Respond to an SEC Subpoena: The Top Ten Tips for Cryptocurrency Entities

  For initial coin offering (ICOs or token offerings, SAFT, etc.) issuers, investors, token holders, and anyone else operating in the cryptocurrency market, the message of recent days is clear: the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has shifted into high gear. News reports indicate that… Read More

Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Statement Regarding “Unlawful” Cryptocurrency Exchanges

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC),  Divisions of Enforcement and Trading and Markets, has published a statement on “online trading platforms,” or cryptocurrency exchanges, that trade in tokens minted by initial coin offerings (ICOs) and digital assets in general. The SEC stated: “The platforms often… Read More

The SEC Halts Trading in Another Security that Claims Blockchain Affiliation

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued another order of trading suspension for a company, HD View 360 (OTC:HDVW) that ostensibly was in talks to “explore and implement” Blockchain technology. The SEC stated: “It appears to the Securities and Exchange Commission that there… Read More

The SEC Goes Hot with ICO Subpoenas but are Regulators “on Shaky Legal Ground?”

The fact the Securities and Exchange Commission has been issuing subpoenas to initial coin offering (ICOs) issuers has been rumored for quite some time. Recently, multiple publications, including Crowdfund Insider, revealed this fact. The SEC has been warning of this sort of activity for many months… Read More

With Regulators Clamping Down on ICOs in the US, Should Issuers Consider Off-Shoring Their Crowdsales?

The environment for initial coin offerings (ICOs) in the US has changed dramatically in the past few months. In July of 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the DAO report that identified the token offering as a security indicating at least some of the… Read More

WSJ Says “Scores” of Subpoenas Issued by SEC Regarding Initial Coin Offerings

“Scores” of subpoenas are being issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding initial coin offerings (ICOs), according to a brief write up in WSJ.com. The report echos what Crowdfund Insider reported earlier this week as industry insiders have been talking about SEC investigations… Read More