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SEC Concludes Fraud Case Against Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform iFunding and Co-Founder

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained final judgment concluding the fraud case against real estate crowdfunding platform iFunding and defendant William C. Skelley. iFunding was an early entrant in the real estate crowdfunding market that issued securities under Reg D 506c, a new… Read More

Price of XRP Rises as Perception Improves of Ongoing Lawsuit Between Ripple and SEC

Back in December of 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) posted a complaint alleging that Ripple engaged in the sale of an unregistered security. The enforcement action included Christian Larsen, the company’s co-founder, executive chairman of its board, and former CEO, and Bradley Garlinghouse,… Read More

Cass Sanford from OTC Markets Comments on SEC Amendments that May Eliminate Public Quoting in Securities that Don’t Make Current Info Publicly Available

Cass Sanford, an Associate General Counsel who supports regulatory and policy-making initiatives at OTC Markets Group, notes that the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) amendments to Rule 15c2-11 may eliminate public quoting in securities of issuers that don’t make current information “publicly available.” Sanford,… Read More

SEC Issues Statement on Select Issues Regarding SPACs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a statement addressing the hot SPAC market. Special purpose acquisitions companies or blank check firms have boomed in recent months. SPACs are viewed as an easier path for issuers to become a publicly-traded firm yet the rapid… Read More

Pushing Through the Fintech Frontier: Financial Regulators Poised to Expand Fintech and Cryptocurrency Oversight


President Joe Biden’s young administration is poised to deliver heightened – and perhaps unprecedented – regulatory scrutiny of the exploding Fintech industry.  The groundwork for a more active regulatory regime has been set over the course of the past decade.  Prior administrations harnessed existing enforcement… Read More

SEC Charges Digital Asset Issuer LBRY with Sale of Unregistered Securities, LBRY Creates Site Claiming the SEC Does Not Understand Crypto

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged LBRY with conducting an offering of digital assets deemed to be unregistered securities. LBRY is a blockchain-based company that working on a digital marketplace, with its native currency LBC, for content such as images, video, audio and… Read More

Bitcoin ETF: Pending US BTC Exchange Traded Fund Applications include WisdomTree, VanEck, NYDIG Asset Mgmt, Skybridge, First Trust 

The researchers at Bloqport have confirmed that only a month after launch, the first-ever Bitcoin ETF has reached $1 billion CAD in assets under management or AUM (as of March 20, 2021). Just one month after launch, the first ever #Bitcoin ETF has hit $1… Read More

Once a High Flying Biotech Startup, uBiome Went Bust and Now Founders Have Been Charged with Fraud

uBiome was once a promising biotech startup that generated over $350,000 from over 2,500 individuals in a rewards offering in 2013, The company went on to raise capital on AngelList. Soon, uBiome was accepted into Y Combinator. Almost immediately uBiome raised a Series A funding… Read More

The Under-Appreciated Significance of Coinbase Going Public

Once the Coinbase registration statement becomes effective and Coinbase shares trade publicly, a sea change will have occurred in the US without most people recognizing it.  Part of that unacknowledged difference will be the broader awareness of blockchain and cryptoasset trading it brings. It is… Read More

Gensler’s and Chopra’s Nominations to SEC and CFPB Move to Full Senate for Vote

Last week, the Senate Banking Committee voted to 14-10 to move forward with Gary Gensler’s nomination as the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. On the same day, the vote was taken on Rohit Chopra and his nomination as Director of the Consumer Financial… Read More

Overarching National-Level US Legislation Remains Ideal Way to Create Coherent Digital Asset Regulatory Framework, BitOoda Says

Despite a few weeks’ break from their regulatory assessments, the BitOoda team says it has been regularly monitoring the crypto industry and engaging in the ongoing advancement of the US regulatory landscape. BitOoda notes that the recent developments they’ve followed are: New York Attorney General… Read More

Congressman McHenry Sends Letter to SEC Urging Acting Chair to Move Forward on Update to Reg CF Rules

Congressman Patrick McHenry, the ranking member of the House Committee on Financial Services, has sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) urging them to move forward on improvements to Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF). The letter is addressed to SEC Acting Chair Allison… Read More

SEC Cautions the Public on SPACs and Celebrity Endorsements

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a warning on SPACs and “celebrity involvement.” Emanating from the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA)  the agency cautions investors not to invest in SPACs based solely on celebrity involvement. To quote the SEC: “Celebrities, from… Read More

SEC Obtains Temporary Restraining Order and Asset Freeze Against Shawn C. Cutting Regarding Allegations of Digital Asset Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed an emergency action and obtained a temporary restraining order and asset freeze against Shawn C. Cutting. The SEC alleges that Cutting raised millions of dollars by falsely claiming to be a financial adviser with securities licenses, overstating… Read More

Jackson Mueller of Securrency Comments on Incoming SEC Chairman Gary Gensler

Last week the Senate Banking Committee held a confirmation hearing for Gary Gensler, the individual selected by President Biden to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Gensler is well known to Washington, DC having previously been Chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission during… Read More

Where’s the Feedback? Commissioner Hester Peirce Wants More Comments for SEC’s Query on Digital Asset Custody

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce nudged the crypto crowd a bit this week pointing out that feedback on the SEC’s request for comments on digital asset custody is paltry at best. Commissioner Peirce has long been noted for her support of innovation in financial services and… Read More

Ripple Prepares Motion to Dismiss in Lawsuit by SEC Pertaining to XRP

Ripple is preparing to file a motion to dismiss in its ongoing legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Last December, it was reported that the SEC had filed a complaint charging Ripple with the sale of an unregistered security. Included in the… Read More

SEC Division of Examinations Includes Fintech and Digital Assets as 2021 Priorities

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Division of Examinations, has posted the examination priorities for 2021. The Division publishes its examination priorities annually to provide insights into its mission. According to the Division, they will add greater focus on climate-related risks as well as on… Read More

Nomination Hearing Today for Gary Gensler for SEC Chairman, in Prepared Remarks Gensler States: “Markets—and technology—are always changing. Our rules have to change along with them”

Gary Gensler, selected by President Joe Biden to become the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), is having his nomination hearing today in the Senate Banking Committee. If approved, Gensler will take the helm of the Commission and perhaps see it through a… Read More

Comments on SEC’s Proposal on Custody of Digital Asset Securities Trickle in as Document Hits Federal Register

At the end of 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a statement on the custody of digital assets by “special purpose broker-dealers.” At that time, the SEC said that they were seeking to “encourage innovation around the application of Securities Exchange Act Rule… Read More

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