ICO Issuers Settle Registration Charges With SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has agreed to settle charges with two startups that sold tokens through Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) in 2017. The companies were charged by the SEC for running their ICOs after the regulator clearly defined such offerings as unlicensed securities in its DAO Report of Investigation. The startups indicted by the SEC are Boston-based Airfox, which sold $15 million worth of tokens, and Paragon Coin, which raised $12 million selling tokens.  “We have made it clear that companies that issue securities through ICOs are…

Tokens Continue to Drop, is SEC Preparing to go After Crypto Projects?

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn The price of Bitcoin has dropped by 10 percent over the last 24 hours following a severe sell-off. Yet, several low market cap crypto and tokens have plunged by twice that amount, posting losses in the range of 20 percent. ERC20 tokens launched on top of the Ethereum blockchain network have performed especially poorly against both Bitcoin and the US dollar over the past several days. Waltonchain, Lisk, ICON, Ontology, Golem, VeChain, WanChain, and many other tokens backed by active developer and investor communities declined substantially in…

SEC Charges EtherDelta Founder Over ‘Unregistered Securities Exchange’

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Zachary Coburn, the founder of crypto token trading platform EtherDelta, with operating an unregistered securities exchange. The regulator said Thursday that EtherDelta, which acts as a secondary market for trading ERC-20 tokens, had been providing a marketplace for buyers and sellers to trade ethereum tokens that the SEC deemed to be “digital asset securities.” It used an order book, an order display website and a smart contract built on ethereum, the agency said. “EtherDelta’s smart contract was coded to validate the…

Thailand to Legitimize First ICO ‘Portal’ via New Regulation, Says SEC Head

Thailand’s securities regulator will clear “at least one” Initial Coin Offering (ICO) “portal” to operate legally in November, local daily news outlet Bangkok Post reported Nov. 8. Speaking to the publication, Rapee Sucharitakul, secretary general of the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said that ICOs themselves could also start seeing official approval to serve Thai markets as soon as December. “At least one ICO portal will be certified in November, then we can approve each ICO offering, which might start in December,” he said. The confirmation marks the closing…

Expect the SEC to Target More Token Exchanges After EtherDelta

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) settlement with the founder of EtherDelta is likely the first of many enforcement actions to come against crypto token exchanges. Until recently, the SEC’s scrutiny of the cryptocurrency industry largely focused on projects and teams that raised money through initial coin offerings (ICOs) in possible violation of securities laws. But a person familiar with the SEC’s thinking told CoinDesk Thursday that crypto trading platforms have become a significant priority for the agency’s enforcement division. As such, the news that the SEC had charged EtherDelta founder Zachary…

EtherDelta Founder Charged by SEC For Operating an Unregistered Exchange

In an apparent first, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged the founder of EtherDelta, Zachary Coburn, with running an “unregistered national securities exchange,” according to a press release from the regulator. “EtherDelta provided a marketplace for bringing together buyers and sellers for digital asset securities through the combined use of an order book, a website that displayed orders, and a ‘smart contract’ run on the Ethereum blockchain,” the agency noted. EtherDelta’s users have processed over 3.6 million orders for ERC20 tokens during an 18-month period, including those…

SEC Streamlining ICOs a Huge Boost for Ethereum

Even though there is a lot of legitimate concerns around the legality of ICOs, the SEC is about to streamline the space creating clear distinction between digital assets that are securities and utilities. Once these guidelines go live then Ethereum as a smart contracting platform and a go-to blockchain for coin issuance could see increasing demand drive prices above key resistance levels. Latest Ethereum News That ICOs are a disruptive but innovative way of raising funds is true. It’s also true—according to previous SEC interpretations that most projects financed in…