SEC Chair Clayton Nominated as US Attorney for New York

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton may be the next U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. According to a Department of Justice press release published late Friday, Clayton was nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to helm the prosecutor’s office, three years after he first took on the role […]

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Telegram Agrees to Give SEC Bank Records, Communications in Ongoing TON Lawsuit

Telegram is pledging to turn over communications, bank records and other information to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as part of the agency’s ongoing legal fight against the messaging startup on allegations that its $1.7 billion token sale in 2018 was conducted in violation of U.S. securities law. According to a court filing Friday, […]

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Telegram Withdraws Offer to Repay Investors With Gram Tokens

Telegram won’t be repaying its investors in gram tokens after all. The messaging platform told investors in its TON blockchain project Monday that it would not be paying investors back in tokens, and it was looking to buy American investors out immediately. Telegram, which has twice delayed the launch of its new network, is contractually […]

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Why High-Profile Defections Aren’t Libra’s Biggest Challenge

Libra has lost another Association member, but according to @nlw that’s likely low on its worries list, plus Square’s LN efforts & TON’s SEC support. News broke yesterday the Libra Association had seen its eighth high-profile defection, this time from the telecom giant Vodafone. In today’s episode of The Breakdown, @nlw argues Association membership is […]

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Longfin CEO Reaches $400,000 Settlement With SEC Over Fraud Charges

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reached a settlement with fintech firm Longfin’s CEO, Venkata S. Meenavalli, on charges of fraud. According to an SEC press release Friday, Meenavalli has agreed to pay $400,000 in both disgorgement and penalties related to a 2017 Regulation A+ offering the SEC deemed fraudulent. Longfin delisted from […]

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SEC Punts Decision on Wilshire Phoenix’s Bitcoin ETF Proposal to February

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has postponed making a decision on a bitcoin and U.S. Treasury bond exchange-traded fund (ETF) proposal filed by Wilshire Phoenix. According to a document published Friday, the SEC will continue evaluating the proposal, which was first filed earlier this summer, setting Feb. 26, 2020 as its next decision date […]

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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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