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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). As part of the settlement, Telegram… 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

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

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

SEC Seeking to Compel Bank Records Regarding Telegram’s $1.7 Billion Token Sale

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has asked a judge to order Telegram to submit bank records detailing how it has been spending $1.7 billion USD it raised from investors in 2018, Finance Magnates(FM) reports. Telegram is currently contesting emergency orders obtained by the… Read More

SEC Seeking Interview with UK Citizen They Believe Brokered Telegram’s Token Sale

The SEC is seeking to depose UK citizen John Hyman, whom Telegram CEO Pavel Durov has identified as “Telegram’s chief investment advisor.” The SEC believes Hyman brokered many of the private deals that helped Telegram raise $1.7 billion USD from 171 investors in two sales of GRAM… Read More

Despite SEC Lawsuit, Telegram Launches Early Version of Desktop Wallet for Its Blockchain-based Gram Tokens

Encrypted messaging provider Telegram has launched an early desktop wallet for its blockchain-based Gram tokens. Users can download Telegram’s test app for Windows, MacOS, Linux 64 bit operating systems from the company’s official website and get their keys on the Telegram Open Network (TON) testnet. … Read More

Report: Investors Grant Extension to Telegram After US Token Sales Halted in SEC Emergency Action

Telegram’s appeal to investors asking for a six-month extension on the launch of the TON blockchain in the wake of an American SEC emergency action against the firm has been granted, Russian Forbes reports. Paraphrasing two unnamed sources, the outlet claims: “Investors in the Telegram… Read More

Telegram Responds to SEC’s Enforcement Action: SEC is Attempting to “Steamroll Telegram Into Consenting to a Preliminary Injunction Where There is No Need”

Telegram has responded to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement action revealed last week. On October 11, the SEC filed an emergency action and obtained a temporary restraining order against Telegram. The SEC targeted an alleged unregistered, ongoing digital token offering in the U.S. and… Read More

Following Emergency Orders from SEC Prohibiting GRAM Token Sales in the US, Telegram Asks Investors for Extension

Telegram, makers of the popular mobile messaging app Telegram, have sent an email to GRAM token investors asking for a six-month extension on the launch of TON, a blockchain network financed by the company’s $1.7 billion USD 2018 token sale. The request for an extension… Read More

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 Slams the Brakes on Telegram’s $1.7 Billion Digital Token Offering in an Emergency Action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed an emergency action and obtained a temporary restraining order against Telegram. The SEC targeted two offshore entities conducting an alleged unregistered, ongoing digital token offering in the U.S. and overseas that has raised more than $1.7 billion… Read More

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