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Mastering Private Equity – A conversation with Claudia Zeisberger

Private Equity (“PE”) is experiencing exceptional times with enormous growth. Capital committed to traditional funds, co-investments, separate accounts and directs are at an all-time high, but as asset valuations push steadily higher, PE funds are finding it tougher to find and close good deals at prices that will generate satisfactory returns. Few people know the …

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No country for an ICO – German Regulator highlights risks of ICOs, warns against token offerings

Last week the German financial regulator, the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority BaFin, published a consumer warning in respect of initial coin offerings (ICOs). Like other regulators globally, the financial watchdog felt the urge to highlight the risks involved in investing in token offerings. Unfortunately, BaFin contributed little to the situation for German ICOs or the …

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The MAS ICO guide decoded – Where now for token offerings in Singapore

The Monetary Authority of Singapore, the Central Bank and financial regulator of the sovereign city/island state, has followed up on its previous announcements and published an ICO guide. Its Guide to Digital Token Offerings aims to address the applicability of financial regulation in relation to Initial Coin Offerings. While most of it is old news …

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To be or not to be (a security) – The latest from Europe on ICO regulation

Following the rapid inflow of money into Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), increased interest in ICO regulation in one form or another was only a matter of time. And regulators around the globe have contributed to the question of token classification and investor protection extensively. The same is true for some national regulators in Europe that …

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An Earthquake in the Swiss Alps – Swiss Regulator investigates several ICOs

Switzerland confirms that it is investigating a number of ICOs and is willing to take enforcement action. What started with the SEC’s statement on The DAO, is now becoming more and more reality, though it has been at the crypto community’s doorstep right from the start: regulatory action regarding Initial Coin Offerings. The Swiss financial …

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GFSC warns against ICOs, considers additional regulation for token sales

The financial regulator of Gibraltar, the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) has published a warning in respect of token sales. Similar to other authorities around the globe, Gibraltar, too, warns investor to be cautious when investing in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The GFSC is introducing a new regulatory framework for DLT, which will become operational …

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A global overview and outlook on ICO regulation

The Chinese ban on cryptocurrency exchanges has caused a landslide in the community and for the question of regulation of ICOs. Already the SEC’s decision to practically consider tokens as financial securities in certain circumstance had kicked off a number of regulatory activities that has swept around the globe. PlanetCompliance provides an overview of the …

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The opening bell for the regulatory clampdown on ICOs?

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday published two documents that may well have a significant impact on the future of Initial Coin Offerings (ICO). By some it is already seen as starting shot for a massive clampdown on an instrument that in recent weeks and months has gained astonishing popularity. While this is …

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SEC report concludes DAO Tokens were Securities

The Securities and Exchange Commission issued an investigative report today cautioning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets by “virtual” organizations are subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws. Such offers and sales, conducted by organizations using distributed ledger or blockchain technology, have been referred to, among other things, as “Initial …

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