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US regulators issue warning about false claims regarding endorsements of digital assets.

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Office of Customer Education and Outreach warn investors to watch out for false claims about agency actions and endorsements related to digital assets.  Fraudsters may use false claims to lure investors into purchasing digital assets and to artificially raise …

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NY Attorney General issues Virtual Markets Integrity Report, highlights potential Market Abuse and Conflicts of Interest at Crypto Exchanges

The New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood today announced the results of the Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative, a fact-finding inquiry into the policies and practices of platforms used by consumers to trade virtual or “crypto” currencies like bitcoin and ether. The Virtual Markets Integrity Report released today, along with a user-friendly interactive website at virtualmarkets.ag.ny.gov, presents …

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Will Initial Coin Offerings fall under new European Crowdfunding rules?

The EU Parliament has proposed to bring ICOs under its Crowdfunding rules. The new ICO rules come with several caveats and a number of flaws. When the European Commission published its proposal for a “Regulation on European Crowdfunding Service Providers (ECSP) for Business” as part of a package of measures to deepen the Capital Markets …

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No room for doubt: Airdrops and Bounty Programs Constitute Securities

The SEC yesterday published a press release entitled “SEC Bars Perpetrator of Initial Coin Offering Fraud”. What looks at first like another case of enforcement action against a fraudulent ICO and the people behind it, is in fact the next step of bringing token offerings further into the remit of existing financial regulation: the decision …

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Blockchain Regulation Made in Germany

The regulation of Blockchain technology remains patchwork and has left many questions unanswered. The German regulator BaFin takes another stab at clarifying some aspects. The Opening Bell Little more than a year ago the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published two documents on Initial Coin Offerings that can with hindsight be seen as the opening …

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The Current State of Play of German Cryptocurrency Rules – Insights from the Government on ICOs, Blockchain and SmartContracts.

The German financial regulator BaFin recently published guidance with regard to the regulatory classification of ICOs as financial instruments, but the report left several questions unanswered. Thankfully for the close observer other sources can provide additional insights that help navigate the stormy waters that is ICO regulation. The German government recently published a response to an inquiry …

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How Blockchain and ICO Regulation divide Regulators around the World

It is somewhat amazing to see how Blockchain and ICO regulation divides lawmakers and regulatory authorities around the world. From outright bans to warm embraces you find the full range. Comparing the approaches and recent measures, we can define the difference and understand why there is no one size fits all. That regulators in different …

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