Tagged: securities and exchange commission

Regulatory Drums Pound Louder as SEC Chair Gensler Warns Crypto Exchanges on Derivatives, Stablecoins etc.

This past week, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler addressed the American Bar Association’s Derivatives and Futures Law Committee. Included in prepared remarks was a warning to crypto exchanges and their digital offerings. While most US-based crypto marketplaces have learned that adhering to securities… Read More

Lisa Fall, CEO of BOX Digital Markets, Waits on SEC for Regulatory Approval of Blockchain Based BSTX

  In 2018, BOX Digital Markets and tZERO entered into a joint venture that was predicted to become the world’s first regulated exchange for trading security tokens.  At the time of the announcement, it was reported that tZERO would manage the tech stack, maintenance, and… Read More

SEC Obtains Restraining Order and Freeze on Alleged Offering Fraud that Raised $12 Million

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says it has received a temporary restraining order and asset freeze to halt an alleged ongoing offering targeting retail investors. Reportedly, 277 individuals have committed $12 million to a firm called Profit Connect Wealth Services Inc, operated by a… Read More

SEC Commissioners Peirce and Roisman Comment on Enforcement Action Regarding Coinschedule

SEC Commissioners Elad Roisman and Hester Peirce have joined together in issuing a public statement on Blotics, a firm formerly operating as Coinschedule, and the enforcement action by the SEC that was revealed today. As was previously reported, the SEC has settled charges against the… Read More

Long Blockchain: Three People Hit with Insider Trading Charges

Individuals affiliated with Long Blockchain, previously operating as Long Island Iced Tea Company, have been hit with allegations of insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Once a beverage firm, during the early days of the blockchain boom the company decided to pivot… Read More

Bitcoin (BTC) Hardware Wallet to be Developed by Jack Dorsey’s Payments Fintech Square

Square Inc (NYSE: SQ) will reportedly be developing a hardware wallet for Bitcoin (BTC), the payments giant revealed on Thursday (July 8, 2021). We’re doing it #Bitcoin https://t.co/IwbKuBoXGv — jack (@jack) July 8, 2021 Square’s announcement came after US Senator Elizabeth Warren cautioned about the… Read More

Senator Elizabeth Warren Tells SEC Chairman Gary Gensler That Crypto Exchanges are Undermining the SEC’s Mission

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, has sent a letter to SEC Chairman Gary Gensler telling the securities regulator that crypto exchanges may be undermining the SEC’s mission of basic investor protections. Gensler, for his part, has publicly worried that crypto… Read More

SEC Hits JPM Subsidiary With $2.75M Fine

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today announced JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) subsidiary Neovest, Inc. has agreed to pay a $2.75 million fine for failing to register as a broker-dealer in violation of federal securities laws. This is the first time the agency has… Read More

Securities Expert Concerned that SEC Agenda Could Hobble Capital Formation for Early Stage Firms

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shared its regulatory agenda for the next couple of years. The list is quite long and includes many areas of the securities industry. At the top of the list, was the exempt offering ecosystem with the… Read More

SEC v. Ripple: Implications of Ripple’s Fair Notice Defense

In December 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint in a New York federal court against Ripple Labs, Inc. and two of its executives alleging that Ripple had sold $1.3 billion in XRP cryptocurrency tokens in a series of unregistered securities offerings…. Read More

SEC Fines Real Estate Firm for Lax Disclosure Practices

A real estate settlement services company has run afoul of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for not properly acting on security vulnerabilities when first aware of them. On June 15 the SEC said they have settled charges against First American Corporation for disclosure controls… Read More

Doug Ellenoff: Investment Crowdfunding Will Challenge Traditional Venture Capital

The US investment crowdfunding industry received a boost this year as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adjusted the securities exemptions that platforms and issuers utilize to raise growth capital online. Along with other improvements, key changes include the adjustment of Reg CF (Regulation Crowdfunding)… Read More

Florida Dentist Caught Up in SEC Enforcement Action Including Tokenized Securities

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a complaint alleging that Edgar M. Radjabli, of Boca Raton, Florida, and for engaging in securities frauds that involved the offering of a digital asset – Apis Tokens. According to the SEC complaint, Radjabli – who… Read More

SEC Outlines Regulatory Agenda, Exempt Securities Top the List Including Reg D, Accredited Investor Definition

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has outlined its regulatory agenda for the coming months and at the top of the list are exempt securities that include Reg D and perhaps other exemptions such as Reg CF and Reg A+. Of note, is that the… Read More

Crypto Lending Promoters Slammed as SEC Alleges Sale of Unregistered Digital Securities Offerings of $2 Billion

Digital asset exchange BitConnect is the most recent crypto marketplace to gain the scrutiny of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement. In a public statement, the SEC announced an enforcement action against five individuals alleging the promotion of a global unregistered digital asset… Read More

US Regulators Warn that Bitcoin, Other Cryptocurrencies Pose Significant Financial Stability Risk

US Federal Reserve Chief Jerome Powell recently noted that cryptocurrencies pose significant risks to financial stability. Powell stated on Thursday (May 20, 2021) that greater regulation of crypto assets may be necessary. As reported by Reuters, the US Treasury Department cited concerns about wealthy people… Read More

Mike Cagney from Figure Technologies Says their Blockchain Enabled Provenance Platform can Open Up Universe of Security Tokens

Figure Securities, a division of the digital lending service provider Figure Technologies, has reportedly acquired approval from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to serve as a broker-dealer and also operate as an SEC-registered Alternative Trading System for digital securities that are custodied on… Read More

SEC Cautions Investors in Funds that Bet on Bitcoin Futures

The Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Investment Management (IM) has issued a staff statement cautioning investors who purchase shares in mutual funds that have exposure to Bitcoin futures. According to the Staff statement, investors should understand that Bitcoin is a highly speculative investment and… Read More

Global Digital Finance Issues Statement in Support of Eliminate Barriers to Digital Innovation Act Sponsored by US Representatives Patrick McHenry

Global Digital Finance (GDF), a UK-based entity advocating on behalf of the digital asset (or crypto-asset) sector of Fintech, has posted a letter in support of the Eliminate Barriers to Digital Innovation Act of 2021 (HR 1602). The Act was sponsored by US Representative Patrick… Read More

GameStopped Hearing Part III: What’s Next for Policymakers?

Today was the 3rd, and perhaps final, hearing held by the House Committee on Financial Services regarding the GameStop (NYSE:GME) sage regarding short selling by traders chatting on Reddit. As most people are aware, investors on subreddits like Wallstreetbets, combined to drive the value of… Read More

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