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Additional First-Of-Their-Kind Enforcement in the U.S.

Last week we reported that FINRA brought its first-ever disciplinary action in the cryptocurrency space.  But there were also two other first-of-their-kind enforcement actions last week by the U.S. SEC.

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Cryptocurrency, ICO, SEC, US

SEC Rejects Nine Applications to List Exchange-Trade Funds

On August 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued three separate orders rejecting multiple applications which would have allowed the listing and trading of  Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”).  Two

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Exchanges, SEC, US

Lawsuit Brought Against Mark Cuban-Backed Unikrn ICO

Unikrn is an esports gambling startup associated with that raised approximately $31 million through an initial coin offering (“ICO”) in October 2017.  Mark Cuban was one of the notable investors

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ICO Litigation, SEC, US

SEC Bars Perpetrator of Tomahawkcoin ICO Fraud

On August 14, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently obtained permanent officer-and-director and penny stock bars against the founder of a company who perpetrated a fraudulent ICO

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ICO, SEC, US

SEC Rejects the Winklevoss Twins’ Bitcoin Fund

Last year, the SEC rejected an application by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss for what would have been the first-ever Bitcoin

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Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, SEC, US

U.S. SEC Charges Two With Illegal Sales of Blockchain Company Stock

On July 2, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged two men with the illegal sale of securities related to

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Enforcement, SEC, US

Cryptocurrency Regulation in the Crosshairs: SEC Staff Weighs In, But Is There More Than Meets the Eye?

In our article for Bloomberg Law, we discuss the legal questions arising out of the announcement by William Hinman (SEC

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Cryptocurrency, SEC, US

U.S. SEC Taking Additional Time to Determine Request to List Crypto-Related ETF

Last month we reported on an SEC decision to take additional time to consider whether to approve a request to

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Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, SEC, US

U.S. SEC Chair Jay Clayton’s Mic Drop on Crypto-Assets and Whether the SEC Regulates Them: We Don’t Regulate Everything, But You Have to Do the Analysis

On June 6, U.S. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton was interviewed on CNBC about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.  He said, in effect,

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Cryptocurrency, ICO, SEC, Securities, US

U.S. SEC Names Crypto-Czar

On June 4, 2018, the U.S. SEC named Valerie A. Szczepanik as its first ever Crypto Czar.  According to the

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ICO, SEC, US

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