Daily Archives: February 28, 2018, 6:27 pm

SEC Launches Cryptocurrency Probe – WSJ

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued scores of subpoenas and information requests to technology companies and advisers involved in the red-hot market for digital tokens, according to people familiar with the matter. The sweeping probe significantly ratchets up the regulatory pressure on the multi-billion-dollar U.S. market for raising funds in cryptocurrencies. It follows a series of warning shots from…

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Jones Day Partner, Receiver Discusses Digital Asset Challenges in ICO Suit | The Recorder

In a suit filed a month ago by the SEC against Texas-based AriseBank for alleged securities violations related to an ICO, U.S. District Chief Judge Barbara Lynn appointed Jones Day partner Mark Rasmussen in Dallas as the first-ever neutral receiver in an ICO enforcement action. In his new role, Rasmussen will oversee all the assets of AriseBank and its affiliates.…

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SEC Settles With Corporate Insider Who Traded Then Lied

Some corporate insiders make the mistake of trading while in possession of material non-public information. Others compound the error by lying to the SEC staff during an ensuing investigation. Yang Xie, formerly an employee at a pharmaceutical company, made both mistakes. SEC v. Xie, Civil Action No. 2:18-cv-02779 (Feb. 27, 2018). via SEC Settles With Corporate Insider Who Traded Then…

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Cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and blockchain technology get multi-pronged attention at SEC Speaks 2018 | Eversheds Sutherland

Cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) were a recurring area of focus in presentations by multiple divisions of the Securities and Exchange Commission at its annual “The SEC Speaks” conference in Washington, DC on February 23-24, 2018. While the SEC does not seem to have reached consensus yet on how to treat this new, rapidly evolving and volatile segment of…

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