Telegram Refutes All SEC Allegations, Asks Court to Dismiss in New Filing

Messaging app firm Telegram has made a new plea to a U.S. court to drop an action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleging its yet-to-be launched token is a security. In a filing to the district court of the Southern District of New York on Tuesday, Telegram broke down and refuted all […]

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SEC’s Court Hearing on Telegram Token Delayed Till Next Year

Telegram will have to wait to make its case to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that its “gram” token is not a security. According to the latest court filing (see below), the hearing on the case has been postponed until Feb. 18–19, 2020, pushed forward from an Oct. 24. slot. The judge hearing […]

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Howey Schmowey – The Real Answer is to Update Securities Regulations

David Weisberger is co-founder and CEO of CoinRoutes and a veteran of building trading desks and financial technology businesses. The opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not reflect CoinDesk’s position. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a free newsletter for the institutional market, with news and views on crypto […]

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The 8 Biggest Bombshells From the SEC’s Kik ICO Lawsuit

When Kik’s board of directors decided to support the company’s pivot to crypto, one of the board members described it as a “hail Mary pass.” It was early 2017 and the Canadian mobile messaging startup, having depleted its venture funding, was months away from firing everyone and calling it quits. The seven most promising leads […]

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SEC’s Crypto Savvy Surprises Blockchain Insiders at D.C. Forum

It was billed as an opportunity for the Securities and Exchange Commission to learn more about cryptocurrency. But what was striking about Friday’s forum was how much the agency’s staff already knew. From questions about atomic swaps to comments about airdrops and forks, the SEC’s FinTech Forum, held at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., demonstrated […]

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Riot Blockchain to Launch Regulated Crypto Exchange in the US

Riot Blockchain is planning to launch a regulated crypto exchange in the U.S. The publicly traded U.S. company that has faced regulatory issues for a sudden pivot to blockchain, revealed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Friday that the new entity will be called called RiotX and will develop three main […]

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Will Fiat-Backed Stablecoins Pass Legal Muster With the SEC and CFTC?

Benjamin Sauter and Jake Chervinsky of Kobre & Kim LLP are litigators and government enforcement defense attorneys who specialize in disputes and investigations related to digital assets. This article is not intended to provide legal advice. –––––––––– As we enter the second year of this so-called “crypto winter,” the stablecoin market is hotter than ever. […]

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Inside the SEC, Hester Peirce is Fighting for a Blockchain Future

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– “It’s always time for a change.” Unexpected words from a regulator, but then again, Hester Peirce, one of the five commissioners at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), isn’t an average regulator. When she speaks of the disruptive role of cryptocurrencies, her words could pass for those of any aspiring blockchain disruptor. “I’m […]

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SEC Fines Crypto Fund $50K and Issues Cease-and-Desist

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has ordered fund manager CoinAlpha Advisors LLC to pay a $50,000 fine following what it deemed to be an unregistered securities sale. According to the order published Friday, CoinAlpha formed a fund in October 2017 with the goal of investing in digital assets. It reached out to possible investors, […]

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SEC Again Delays Decision on VanEck-SolidX Bitcoin ETF

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) extended a rule change proposal allowing the nation’s first bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), pushing the decision deadline to next year. In a notice posted online, the securities regulator said it was extending the review period for the ETF to Feb. 27, 2019. The proposal was first submitted by […]

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