Showing 9 posts by J. Gray Sasser.
While the ICO market weathers a frigid crypto winter and awaits further regulatory clarity, many issuers have conceded that their digital asset is a “security” and are proceeding under available exemptions from registration under U.S. securities laws. Read More ›
A security token offering (STO) is, as its name indicates, a public or private sale of a “security,” evidenced by a digital token transferable on a blockchain to investors to raise capital. Giving an asset another name (like “token”) does not transform it into something other than a security or exempt an issuer from compliance with securities laws. Read More ›
The Commodity Futures Trade Commission’s (CFTC’s) recent publication of “A CFTC Primer on Virtual Currencies” indicates that cryptocurrency will remain in the CFTC’s crosshairs for the foreseeable future. Though the CFTC primer begins with a caveat—content therein should not be construed as an “official policy or position”—the document is valuable insofar as it defines virtual currencies (VCs), outlines their utilities and their potential for malfeasance. At the same time, the CFTC primer provides insight into the commission’s current thinking on cryptocurrency and may therefore portend the kind of regulatory measures and other exigencies VC developers and their counsel need to prepare for. Read More ›
While recent announcements by Chinese and South Korean regulators may spark companies planning an initial token launch to reevaluate their strategy, these new regulatory actions likely are not the “beginning of the end” of quality projects in the digital token space. Read More ›
Lost in the headlines over the SEC’s recent pronouncements on cryptocurrency was important practical advice for both promoters of and participants in initial coin offerings (ICOs). Read More ›
Yesterday’s flurry of releases from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission leaves open the question of whether any individual initial coin offering (ICO) represents the sale of securities under applicable U.S. law. Read More ›
This article was originally published on July 7, 2017 in Bitcoin Magazine, a subsidiary of BTC Media, LLC.
Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are where cryptographic computing and federal securities laws collide. As investors lacking the technical expertise of early market entrants throw their money into cryptocurrency presales, regulatory agencies like the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission cannot be expected to sit on the sidelines much longer. Read More ›
Medieval kings have something in common with cutting-edge software developers forking new applications off the blockchain. Read More ›
Initial coin offerings (ICOs) are garnering substantial attention as investors hope their digital coins will soon be worth more than gold and software developers envision them as a way to boot-strap financing. Read More ›
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