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SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Addresses Blockchain Association of Singapore, Shares Disagreement Regarding Telegram Enforcement Action & Settlement

What makes something a “distributed ledger or blockchain technology-based” security? SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce has published a speech delivered to the Blockchain Association of Singapore. Unable to attend in person due to COVID-19, Commissioner Peirce visited with the Association virtually, addressing the hot topic of… Read More

Telegram to Shut Down its TON Test Network Next Month, After Paying $18.5 Million Fine to SEC, and Returning Investors’ Money

Telegram, a major social network with hundreds of millions of users, had attempted to raise funds through a digital asset offering. However, it recently decided to settle an enforcement action initiated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). While Telegram claims it terminated its… Read More

Telegram Settles with the SEC, Pays $18.5 Million Fine, Returns Money to Investors

Telegram, the fast-growing social network that attempted to raise funds via a digital asset offering, has decided to settle an enforcement action initiated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to a release, the SEC has obtained court approval of a settlement with the… 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 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

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

Challenger Bank Zelf to Launch its own Digital Banking Software that will work only via Popular Messaging Apps like WhatsApp

Challenger Bank Zelf is reportedly planning to introduce its digital banking offering which will operate exclusively through widely-used messaging apps. The Latvian Fintech firm claims that it has already signed up more than 58,000 users, who are waiting for the official launch of Zelf’s virtual… 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

Judge Castel: Telegram Fails to Establish Exemption from Registration

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Yesterday, in an Opinion and Order from Judge P. Kevin Castel, it was decided that Telegram has failed to establish an exemption from the registration requirement under existing securities law. Telegram is an app that is a highly popular messaging service utilized by more than… Read More

Cryptocurrency Custody Firm, First Digital Trust, Secures $3 Million in Funding from Telegram Investor Nogle Capital

Cryptocurrency custody firm, First Digital Trust, which has been spun out from Legacy Trust, a Hong Kong-headquartered financial custodian, has secured $3 million in funding. Telegram investor Nogle Capital, a Taiwan-based investment firm, contributed to First Digital Trust’s fundraiser, according to a report from Tech… Read More

Telegram ICO: A Two-Phase Offering Does Not Inoculate an ICO from Federal Securities Law

As we have previously reported, Telegram is engaged in a legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in what may be the biggest SEC cryptocurrency case yet.  One the one side, you have Telegram that raised over a billion dollars from a digital… Read More

SEC: Telegram Has Been Using Funds from GRAM Token Sale to Cover 90% of Expenses at Messenger Division

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In its latest submission in a case against private messaging app provider Telegram, the SEC claims that, Telegram has been using funds raised to develop the TON blockchain to rather cover operating expenses at the messaging business. Telegram raised $1.7 billion USD from 171 purchasers… Read More

Liquid Crypto Trading Platform Cancels Planned Sale of Telegram’s GRAM Tokens

Liquid, a cryptocurrency trading platform started by Blockstream, announced in a blog post January 10th that it has canceled plans to resell Telegram’s GRAM tokens through the platform. “The Gram Token Sale on Liquid has been canceled,” Liquid writes, “and all funds previously held in escrow by… Read More

SEC: Invoices Show Telegram Sold Tokens Through Brokers After Initial Raise

In the SEC’s January 2nd letter requesting compulsion of bank records from private messaging app provider Telegram, the regulator claimed it had documents showing that Telegram, “paid commissions to purchasers who were buying Grams to resell to other investors…” Brokered sales, the SEC wrote, “render… Read More

Judge Will Allow SEC to Question Telegram Execs on Disposition of TON Blockchain Investor Funds, Bank Records Not Immediately Compelled

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A judge presiding over case involving the SEC and private messaging company Telegram has ruled that the SEC can ask deposed executives questions about how they have been disposing of $1.7 billion USD raised in 2018 to fund construction of the Telegram blockchain. The SEC… Read More

Dancing with Howey: Telegram’s Recent Public Notice on TON Blockchain

On Monday, Telegram, makers of the popular private messaging app Telegram, issued a public notice to, “clarify certain aspects of the TON Blockchain and Grams,” as the company, “continue(s) to prepare for a successful launch of the project.” TON is intended to function as a… Read More

Telegram Clears the Air of Rumors Concerning TON Blockchain Platform & Grams

Telegram announced on Tuesday that despite the rumors it is not planning to integrate its message app with its cryptocurrency token wallet. The platform noted that until now it has not addressed any rumors in the past while its team was working on building the… Read More

Former Member of SEC’s Cyber Unit Comments on Telegram Enforcement Action: Did Telegram Fully Comply with Reg D?

Telegram, issuer of one of the highest-profile token offerings of all time that raised $1.7 billion, is in the midst of a protracted legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Last October, the SEC filed an emergency action and obtained a temporary restraining… Read More

Judge Allows Telegram to Submit Proposed Banking Disclosure Schedule in SEC Enforcement Case

The judge presiding over an SEC case alleging Telegram sold unlicensed securities has denied the SEC’s request for immediate disclosure of bank records relating to Telegram’s $1.7 billion sale of GRAM cryptographic tokens. Instead, Judge P. Kevin Castel has ordered the private messaging company to, “set… Read More

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