US SEC Creates a Phony ICO

May 16

As a way of educating the public, the SEC launched a website that offers a mock ICO.  It did so in the hopes of showing how easily people can be scammed.  Howey Coins (named, tongue-in-cheek for the Howey test used by the Supreme Court to determine whether an investment is a security) claimed to have a two-month return of over 72%, as well as celebrity testimonials.  Those who clicked on “Buy Coins Now” link were re-directed to an SEC site that stated, “We created the bogus site as an educational tool to alert investors to possible fraud involving digital assets like crypto-currencies and coin offerings.”

David Zaslowsky has a degree in computer science and, before going to Yale Law School, was a computer programmer. He is currently the Chairman of the Litigation Department of the firm’s New York office. His practice focuses on international litigation and arbitration. He has been involved in cases in trial and appellate courts across the United States and before arbitral institutions around the world. Many of David’s cases, including some patent cases, have related to technology. Since 2008, David has been included in Chambers for his expertise in international arbitration.