For anyone invested in cryptocurrencies or considering a capital raise funded through an Initial Coin Offering (ICO), it would be difficult to imagine two more diametrically different years than 2017 and 2018. As 2018 draws to a close, it is worth reflecting for a moment on all that has happened over the past two years. … Continue reading It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times: A Tale of Two Years in Crypto and Coin Offerings
Traditionally, a company seeking to raise capital might do so by conducting an initial public offering (IPO), and investors participating in the IPO would obtain an ownership stake in the company. However, with the introduction of cryptocurrencies and digital tokens, new ways of raising capital and entering the public market have emerged over the last … Continue reading ICOs the New IPO? SEC Enforcement and When an ICO is a “Securities Offering”
Michael Best Partner Evan Strassberg was featured by TheStreet in the article titled, "Cryptocurrency Markets Quiet for Now, but Catalysts for Moves Loom," where he discussed the crypto market, the recent news from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), and possibilities to come. "...[SEC] the dominant US regulatory body that oversees securities … Continue reading Cryptocurrency Markets Quiet for Now, but Catalysts for Moves Loom
We have posted many blogs and made available several webinars and presentations here regarding the need and complexity of complying with Federal and State securities laws when engaging in the sale and issuance of cryptocurrencies, digital tokens and other blockchain technologies. Due to the cost and complexity of complying with U.S. Securities Laws, people are … Continue reading Free! Does not mean Freedom from Compliance with U.S. Securities Laws – Do ICOs through the Use of AirDrops violate U.S. Securities Laws?
In what may be a first of its kind analysis, a team at Boston College recently published a study that analyzed 4003 “executed and planned ICOs” for short and longer term performance. In “Digital Tulips? Returns to Investors in Initial Coin Offerings,” the study authors found “evidence of significant ICO underpricing, with average returns of … Continue reading The First Comprehensive Study of ICO Performance Yields Some Surprising—and Some Sobering—Results
Michael Best Blockchain and Litigation Attorneys Evan Strassberg and Steven Joffee hosted a complementary webinar and discussed the actions regulatory bodies are taking and could be taking against cryptocurrency issuers and traders. They also provided an overview of private litigation, particularly putative class actions against companies that have conducted ICOs. Access Michael Best's Blockchain Team … Continue reading Missed Our Webinar?
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”