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Judge Rules Kik’s Token Sale Violated US Securities Law

A U.S. judge ruled Wednesday that Kik violated securities law when it raised $100 million via a token sale in 2017. Judge Alvin Hellerstein, a U.S. district judge for the Southern District of New York, wrote that in his view, Kik’s “token distribution event” (TDE) satisfied the three prongs of the Howey Test, referring to …

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US SEC issues no-action letter on compressed digital asset settlement process

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took a major step toward streamlining digital asset securities settlement by compressing the previous four-step process into three in a bid to reduce operational risk for broker-dealers. The SEC issued a no-action letter on Sept. 25, stating it will not penalize any broker-dealer operating an alternative trading system …

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SEC vs. Telegram: Part 3 — The extraterritorial reach of US securities laws

As mentioned in the first and second parts of this story, on March 24, 2020, in a widely reported and closely followed decision, Judge Peter Castel imposed a sweeping preliminary injunction preventing Telegram from issuing its planned crypto asset, Grams. Shortly thereafter, the judge clarified his initial ruling by explicitly holding that the injunction applied …

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Philippines SEC warns of ‘cloud mining’ Ponzi related to Bitcoin Vault

The Philippines SEC has released an official warning about Bitcoin (BTC) “cloud mining” company Mining City, advising the public to steer clear of the scheme and others like it. Despite the official condemnation, the price of a related cryptocurrency is on the rise. The warning describes the company as an unlicensed entity in the country …

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Presidential Candidate Brock Pierce Served With Lawsuit for Alleged ICO Fraud

Former Disney child actor and U.S. Presidential candidate, Brock Pierce, was served with a lawsuit during a political campaign event held on Monday. The class-action lawsuit was filed in May and it claims the defendants, including Pierce, sold unregistered securities during the EOS initial coin offering (ICO). Last May, a class-action lawsuit on behalf of …

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SEC Commissioner Peirce Dissents From Unikrn-Killing Fine, Says Action to Have Chilling Effect

Noted cryptocurrency advocate and Securities and Exchange Commissioner Hester M. Peirce issued a public dissent after the SEC levied a $6.1 million fine on online gaming and gambling platform Unikrn for conducting an initial coin offering (ICO) in 2017, a penalty that effectively amounts to the size of the company’s current assets.

INX Becomes the First SEC-Registered IPO to Accept Crypto

15th September 2020, New York, United States: INX will start accepting bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH), and USDC stablecoin, starting today. INX said over 3,000 retail and accredited investors registered for the INX token offering during its first three days. Now that the minimum requirement INX has set to raise the first $7.5 million of its …

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SEC Charges Rapper TI With Securities Violations for Promoting 2017 ICO

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged two crypto startups and eight individuals including rapper Clifford Harris Jr., more commonly known as T.I., with violating the Securities Act of 1933 and other charges due to their involvement with a pair of initial coin offerings (ICOs). The SEC alleged Friday that film producer Ryan Felton …

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Crypto Long & Short: What Changes at the Fed and the SEC Mean for Crypto

There has been no shortage of epoch-changing twists so far this year. I mean, seriously, take your pick: even aside from the pandemic, we have riots on the streets of American cities, an alarming trade war, negative oil prices and gold briefly above $2,000/oz. These are just some of the loud, headline-grabbing changes that were …

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Ministers used influence to pilfer millions in alleged Ponzi Scheme

A recent filing from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, takes action against three individuals for allegedly raising millions of dollars against more than 1,000 victims.  “From 2017 to May 2019, Jali, Frimpong, and Johnson, directly and through two entities created to perpetrate the scheme, Smart Partners and 1st Million (the ‘Companies’), …

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