US SEC Warns Investors That IEOs May Be Breaking Securities Law January 15, 2020

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sent out a warning today from its Investor Education and Advocacy wing, urging citizens to be wary of initial coin offerings (IEOs). In a Jan. 14 statement on its website, the SEC said: “Be cautious if considering an investment in an IEO.  Claims of new technologies and financial […]

SEC Charges Token Sale Platform For Illegal $14M Securities Offering September 19, 2019

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued ICOBox and its founder Nikolay Evdokimov for conducting an illegal securities offering and for acting as unregistered brokers. SEC says ICOBox’s digital tokens are worthless In a press release on Sept. 18, the SEC claimed that ICOBox and Evdokimov sold the firm’s ICO tokens to […]

Roubini: BitMEX in Violation of Securities Laws, Crypto a Metastasized Cancer July 18, 2019

Economist and anti-cryptocurrency pundit Nouriel Roubini has recently declared that there is “overwhelming evidence of rampant fraud and abuse” in the crypto space.  Roubini, a professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, also took aim specifically at the compliance policies of crypto exchange BitMEX in an essay entitled “The Great Crypto Heist.” The essay was […]

Hong Kong’s Securities Regulator Issues Detailed Guidance for Security Token Offerings March 29, 2019

Hong Kong’s securities regulator, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has issued official guidance on security token offerings (STOs), in a statement published on March 28. The guidance aims to clarify the legal and regulatory requirements for parties engaging in STO-related activities. The document opens with a proposed working definition of a security token and […]

Thai Parliament Approves Amendments Allowing Issuance of Tokenized Securities February 24, 2019

Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly has officially allowed the issuance of tokenized securities on blockchain, major newspaper The Bangkok Post reports on Friday, Feb. 22. The government will amend the Securities and Exchange Act, according to the article. As soon as the changes come into effect later in 2019, tokenized securities such as stocks and bonds […]

2018 Sees 550% Uptick in Exempt ICO Securities Offerings Filed With the US SEC: Report January 12, 2019

2018 witnessed a significant uptick in the number of initial coin offerings (ICOs) authorized by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to sell securities to large-scale investors, according to financial news channel MarketWatch, Jan. 11. MarketWatch reportedly compiled its data for 2018 by searching the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) […]

Four Crypto Firms Ordered to Cease and Desist by Colorado Securities Commissioner November 10, 2018

Colorado State Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome has issued a cease and desist order to four Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) for allegedly offering unregistered securities, according to an official notice published Nov. 8. The orders come as part of a state operation by the “ICO Task Force” within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), which in […]

Former CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler: ICOs Should be Considered Securities October 16, 2018

Former chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Gary Gensler said that most tokens sold through Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) should be classified as securities, Bloomberg reported Oct. 15. Should cryptocurrencies be considered securities, they would fall under the regulatory purview of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Issuers of coins would […]

US SEC Files Charges Against Bitcoin-Backed Securities Dealer September 28, 2018

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed charges against international securities dealer 1pool Ltd., which was offering Bitcoin-funded security-based swaps, according to an SEC announcement published September 27. Per the SEC, the case involves the Marshall Islands-based corporation 1pool Ltd., which provides cryptocurrency-related services and stands behind 1broker.com, and its Austria-based CEO Patrick […]

OpenFinance Launches Regulated Alternative Trading System for Securities Tokens August 30, 2018

OpenFinance, a security token trading platform, has launched a regulated alternative trading system (ATS) for security tokens, according to information shared with Cointelegraph August 29. In the U.S. and Canada, an ATS is a non-exchange trading venue that that matches buyers and sellers to find counterparties for transactions. They are usually regulated as broker-dealers instead […]

Philippines' Proposed ICO Rules Presume All Tokens Are Securities August 2, 2018

The Philippines is close to introducing new regulations governing how companies can legally raise funds through initial coin offerings (ICOs). To that end, the country’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published draft rules governing ICOs on Thursday, and is now seeking public feedback before they can go into effect. The regulations notably assume that tokens issued […]

Vietnam's Securities Regulator Warns Industry to Avoid Crypto Activities July 26, 2018

Vietnam’s securities regulator has warned industry companies and funds in the country to avoid activities related to cryptocurrencies. In an announcement this week, Viet Nam News reported Wednesday, the State Securities Commission (SSC) said firms should avoid issuance, transactions or brokerage of cryptos, adding that they must observe laws on money laundering. The warning relates to an April […]

Vietnam’s Securities Watchdog Bans Industry from Cryptocurrency Activity: Report July 26, 2018

The State Securities Commission of Vietnam (SSC), the country’s stock market watchdog, has reportedly forbidden industry firms from engaging in cryptocurrency-related activities. Vietnam’s official state news agency is reporting that the country’s securities markets watchdog has ‘required’ the industry to not partake in “any issuance, transaction or brokerage activities related to cryptocurrencies” in a circular […]