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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

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 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

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

Robinhood being Investigated by US Regulators over Trading Restrictions, Options Trading Policies

Robinhood Markets Inc, the leading zero-fee stock trading app provider, stated on Friday (February 26, 2021) that US regulatory authorities were investigating the firm’s temporary trading restrictions on these so-called “meme stocks” earlier in 2021. These activities have come under increased scrutiny as the shares… Read More

Former SEC Chair Mary Jo White, who’s Now Representing Ripple in SEC Lawsuit, Shares Views on XRP Sale and Court Case

When the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a lawsuit against blockchain-focused Fintech firm Ripple Labs in December 2020, the crypto industry and larger community had reacted with alarm and many were surprised. The SEC’s lawsuit also led to Ripple hiring high-profile legal experts… Read More

SEC Charges Coinseed with Registration Violations in Regards to Digital Assets

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced charges against Coinseed and its co-founder and CEO, Delgerdalai Davaasambuu, in connection with Coinseed’s offer and sale of digital asset securities. According to Coinseed’s website, the company offers Apps on both the Apple App Store as well as… Read More

SEC Acting Chair Allison Herren Lee Says Federal Regulator Will be Carefully Investigating the Reddit “Takeover” of Wall Street

NPR’s Ailsa Chang recently covered the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) expected role in conducting an investigation into the Reddit / social media takeover of Wall Street. SEC Acting Chair Allison Herren Lee commented on the agency’s role in looking into the matter. The… Read More

SEC Charges Three Individuals with Digital Asset Fraud Regarding Start Options, Bitcoiin2Gen

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed charges against Kristijan Krstic, founder of Start Options and Bitcoiin2Gen, and John DeMarr, said to be the primary U.S.-based promoter for these companies, for fraudulently induced investors to buy digital asset securities. The complaint states that Krstic… Read More

Digital Asset Exchange Coinbase to Go Public through a Direct Listing Instead of Conducting an IPO

Digital asset exchange Coinbase has confirmed its plans to become a publicly-traded company “pursuant to a proposed direct listing of its Class A common stock.” Coinbase Global, Inc. noted in a blog post published on January 28, 2021, that the proposed listing is “expected to… Read More

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