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SEC Slaps ‘Fraudulent’ ICO Founder With $30K Fine, Lifetime Ban

SEC Slaps ‘Fraudulent’ ICO Founder With $30K Fine, Lifetime Ban

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Tuesday that it had secured new prohibitions against the founder of a company behind an allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO). The agency said that it obtained officer-and-director and penny-stock bars against David Laurance and his company, Tomahawk Exploration LLC. Tomahawk, the SEC alleges, sought to raise funds […]

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EU Lawmaker Wants to Include ICOs in New Crowdfunding Regulations

EU Lawmaker Wants to Include ICOs in New Crowdfunding Regulations

A draft proposal by the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs suggests creating new regulations for public initial coin offerings (ICOs), according to a document published Friday. Ashley Fox, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) representing the United Kingdom, wrote a draft report on proposed regulations for Europe’s crowdfunding platform operators and companies. […]

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FinCEN Says It Now Receives 1,500 Crypto Complaints a Month

FinCEN Says It Now Receives 1,500 Crypto Complaints a Month

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) receives more than 1,500 reports every month from financial institutions regarding cryptocurrencies, a top official said Thursday. FinCEN director Kenneth Blanco, speaking at the Chicago-Kent Block (Legal) Tech Conference, discussed the role his agency takes in regulating cryptocurrencies. He noted that while cryptocurrencies can prove beneficial for certain use […]

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Coin Center Updates Its Securities Framework for Cryptocurrencies

Coin Center Updates Its Securities Framework for Cryptocurrencies

Blockchain advocacy group Coin Center continues to believes some cryptocurrencies look like securities by law, and should be regulated as such. Peter Van Valkenburgh, the organization’s director of research, published a new report Friday arguing that certain cryptocurrencies follow the oft-cited Howey Test and act as investment contracts. As such, he wrote, they should be […]

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