Thinking about Cryptocurrencies?
Did you think you found a loophole to raise capital through an ICO? The SEC says no.
Similar to an IPO, firms are creating new cryptocurrencies and selling it to investors to raise capital as an ICO. Firms have been using ICO’s as a way to circumvent the onerous regulations and fees associated with traditional public offerings.
Although high in popularity – not all offerings are real, the SEC claims them to be illegally unregistered securities offerings and are taking their position to court. In a significant victory for the SEC’s position this week, a Judge rejected efforts to dismiss securities fraud charges brought against a Brooklyn businessman related to ICO’s.
Want to understand more about the latest scam? Earlier this year the SEC created a fake site for HoweyCoin as an educational tool to help investors recognize frauds. See https://www.investor.gov/howeycoins for more information.