Lost Your Investment In Cryptocurrency? There is a Remedy for That!

Whether you invested in a cryptocurrency venture that was a scam from the start or a failed venture chasing a “sure thing” for your valuable investment dollars, if you lost money investing in cryptocurrencies, digital tokens or other blockchain assets, you may have a solid remedy to seek a return of those lost funds. Offerings … Continue reading Lost Your Investment In Cryptocurrency? There is a Remedy for That!

SEC Provides Guidance on the Applicability of Securities Laws to ICOs and Sales of Digital Tokens – The Beginning of a “Safe Harbor”

William Hinman, Director, Division of Corporate Finance, provided significant guidance on the applicability of U.S. Federal Securities Laws to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and the sale of digital tokens.  His presentation was made on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the Yahoo Finance All Market Summit: Crypto in San Francisco. Click here to read the full … Continue reading SEC Provides Guidance on the Applicability of Securities Laws to ICOs and Sales of Digital Tokens – The Beginning of a “Safe Harbor”

Regulation of the Unregulated: How Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies show that the Government Can Regulate Anything

Michael Best Attorneys Evan Strassberg and Brad Jacobsen provide an expert analysis, featured in Westlaw Journal's Bank & Lender Liability, explaining how economy of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies work, as well as how government agencies are impacting this market and attempting to regulate these new electronic assets. "Bitcoin was born shrouded in mystery.  Using the alias Satoshi … Continue reading Regulation of the Unregulated: How Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies show that the Government Can Regulate Anything

Taking the “Crypto” Out of Cryptocurrencies

How securities laws and regulations impact this booming business.  Utah Business Magazine features Michael Best Attorneys Brad Jacobsen and Evan Strassberg in the May 2018 edition. Brad and Evan write, "During 2017 it appeared you couldn't lose money investing in Bitcoin, initial coin offerings and other cryptocurrency offerings (collectively ICOs). Not since the Tulip Bubble of … Continue reading Taking the “Crypto” Out of Cryptocurrencies

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

Join Our Webinar!

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

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