Missed Our Webinar?

Yesterday, April 10, Michael Best's blockchain, tax, and securities & capital markets professionals Brad Jacobsen, Jim Kruse, Lyndon Ricks, Tim Schally, Evan Strassberg, and Betsy Voter hosted a complimentary webinar which discussed the securities laws applicable to initial coin ICOs, and covered everything from exempt private offerings to registered public offerings. Additionally, the panel reviewed actions … Continue reading Missed Our Webinar?

So What If My Digital Token is a Security? Personal Liability in Claims made for Rescission Damages

Earlier this year, I posted a blog titled “Whether You Are Raising Capital for Bitcoins or Beavers, Securities Laws Will Apply.”  The most common response we hear is “So What?!” A fair question, no doubt. The brief answer is that failure to comply with applicable state and federal securities laws can result in significant personal … Continue reading So What If My Digital Token is a Security? Personal Liability in Claims made for Rescission Damages

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Initial Coin Offerings – Complying with U.S. Securities Laws & Tax Issues Wednesday, April 10 at 12:00 CST. Michael Best's Blockchain, Digital Currencies & Smart Contracts attorneys will be hosting a complimentary live webinar reviewing the securities laws applicable to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), covering everything from exempt private offerings to registered public offerings, and … Continue reading Join Our Webinar!

Better to Ask Forgiveness Than Permission? Not When It Comes to ICOs…

In some ways, the legal landscape surrounding cryptocurrencies is very much a blank canvas. For example, no court has yet issued an opinion finding that a cryptocurrency—indeed, any cryptocurrency—is a security. But the converse is also true, and no court has held that a cryptocurrency is not a security. In a vacuum, this lack of … Continue reading Better to Ask Forgiveness Than Permission? Not When It Comes to ICOs…

Missed Our Webinar?

Yesterday, February 28, Michael Best attorneys and blockchain experts Cheryl Aaron, Brad Jacobsen, and Brian Mangum hosted a complimentary, hour-long webinar discussing the basics of cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, and smart contracts - what they are and which laws and regulations apply. Visit our website's event page to view the recording and access the presentation slides. Watch Michael … Continue reading Missed Our Webinar?

SEC Shoots with a Spiritual Blunderbuss – Why Your ICO Is Most Likely a Security In the Eyes of the SEC

On Monday, January 22, 2018, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton expressed the SEC’s growing concern with ICOs and other cryptocurrency offerings being issued and sold without complying with securities laws. Chairman Clayton also warned/scolded the professional advisors connected to these offerings. The full text of Chairman Clayton’s statement is available here. Compliance with securities laws can … Continue reading SEC Shoots with a Spiritual Blunderbuss – Why Your ICO Is Most Likely a Security In the Eyes of the SEC

Whether You Are Raising Capital for Bitcoins or Beavers, Securities Laws Will Apply

In mid-December, 2017, when the SEC Chair, Jay Clayton, warned that the SEC would be specifically scrutinizing cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) under applicable securities laws that apply to the offer and sale of securities, Chair Clayton was simply restating the long-established case law and practice used by the SEC and other state and … Continue reading Whether You Are Raising Capital for Bitcoins or Beavers, Securities Laws Will Apply

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