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SEC Commissioner Peirce Proposes New Rules for Non Security Token Offerings

SEC Commissioner Peirce has proposed new rules regarding digital assets that may not be securities upon issuance. The proposal was revealed at a speech in Chicago today. As we understand it, Peirce’s proposal, Rule 195, will “set a course for compliant blockchain projects to innovate… Read More

Rule 195: SEC Commissioner Peirce Proposes Safe Harbor for Token Offerings Not Immediately Deemed to be Securities

Today, in a speech delivered at an event in Chicago, SEC Commissioner Peirce presented a new proposal in the treatment of digital assets that may not be treated as securities perhaps representing a dramatic shift in the US token offering marketplace. In the US, pretty… Read More

SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Meeting: Private Investment in Early Stage Firms Rise, Public Companies Decline. What to Do …

This week, the SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee met at the Commission to discuss access to capital around the country. Multiple presentations were delivered on the state of access to capital including one by the Office of the Advocate for Small Business as… Read More

Here is the Most Recent SEC List of ATSs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) publishes a monthly list of “alternative trading systems” or ATSs. An ATS is a marketplace that may trade securities similar to a regulated exchange. To receive approval to operate an ATS, a platform must also become a FINRA regulated… Read More

SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Shares Agenda for February Meeting

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee has published its agenda for the forthcoming meeting taking place on February 4th. According to the SEC, the committee will explore funding gaps that impede growth opportunities for entrepreneurs and job creators. The… Read More

Scott Purcell Slams the SECs Proposed Update to the Accredited Investor Rule: “it still remains policy that only rich people are permitted to get rich”

Outspoken entrepreneur and CEO of Prime Trust Scott Purcell has shared his thoughts on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) proposal to modernize the current definition of an accredited investor. At the moment, an accredited investor in the US is measured by a wealth metric…. Read More

The SEC Charges Opporty International & Founder Sergey Grybniak with Fraudulent ICO

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Sergii “Sergey” Grybniak and his company Opporty International, Inc. for an allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering. According to the SEC, Grybniak and his company raised $600,000 from around 200 investors during the sale of unregistered “digital asset… Read More

Up in Smoke. SEC Charges Guy Griffithe and Robert Russell for Selling Fictitious Investments in Cannabis Company

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has leveled charges against Guy S. Griffithe and Robert W. Russell, and their affiliated companies for an alleged scheme that defrauded investors who thought they were purchasing interests in a Washington-licensed recreational cannabis company. According to the SEC, investors… Read More

Not Just About Startups: Democratizing the Accredited Investor Definition Will Allow More People Access to Lower Risk Real Estate Investments

While investment crowdfunding rules initially were targeted at early-stage ventures in need of growth capita,l the new rules have fueled the rise of investment platforms for another asset class: real estate investment opportunities. Early-stage ventures, from seed rounds to later-stage venture rounds, tend to include… 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

SEC Schedules First “Capital Call” to Discuss State of Small Business Capital Formation

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation, has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the state of access to capital for smaller firms. The “Capital Call” is described as being held similar to a public company’s earnings… Read More

Another Alleged Scam ICO: SEC Pursues “Convicted Criminal,” Boaz Manor, Who Offered Fraudulent Initial Coin Offering

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced another enforcement action targeting a bogus initial coin offering (ICO). According to a release, the SEC has charged convicted criminal Boaz Manor, his business associate, and two businesses, CG Blockchain Inc. and BCT Inc. SEZC, with raising… Read More

An ICO by Any Other Name: SEC Issues Investor Alert on Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs)

The US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Investor Education and Advocacy division is warning the public that, because both Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs) and the platforms selling them may be unregistered and unregulated, investing in IEOs may be high risk- and not much different than… Read More

The New Proposed “Accredited Investor” Definition Changes And Why They Are A BIG Deal

While it passed somewhat under the radar with the holiday season, on December 18, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released a proposal to significantly amend the existing “accredited investor” definition; which is integral in determining who can participate in private securities transactions. The… Read More

SEC Asset Management Advisory Committee – Washington, DC

  The Securities and Exchange Commission today released the agenda for the inaugural meeting of the Asset Management Advisory Committee, which will be held on Jan. 14, 2020, at 9 a.m. ET. The Committee was formed to provide the Commission with diverse perspectives on asset… Read More

SEC Seeking Default Ruling Against AWOL ICOBox Founder Nikolay Evdokimov

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking a default judgment against Nikolay Evdokimov and his Cayman Islands firm ICOBox. The agency is also seeking permanent enjoinment of Evdokimov and ICOBox, a $16,059,428.99 disgorgement and a civil penalty against Evdokimov of about $190 000… 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

SEC Compliance Office 2020 Examination Priorities Mostly Same When it Comes to Cryptocurrencies

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has released its 2020 Examination Priorities report. For the most part, there will be much business as usual at the OCIE, and the division will continue in 2020 to, “…prioritize the examination of certain practices, products, and… 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

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