The Initial Coin Offering (ICO) Crackdown: Demystifying SEC's Sweeping Probes


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Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) is a mode of raising money through crowdfunding that is mainly centered with the use of cryptocurrency. Just recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Enforcement Division's Cyber Unit has released a wave of subpoenas and information requests relating to the sales and pre-sales of ICOs as part of its heightened regulatory enforcement against crypto fundraising mechanisms. Because ICOs are not yet governed by rules and regulations that are similar to initial public offerings (IPOs), the subpoenas demanded technology companies and advisers to provide information on the structure of ICOs’ sales and pre-sales under "simple agreements for future tokens" (SAFT), an offering structure that protects issuers of crypto-tokens from the risk of non-compliance with the federal securities laws.

In this LIVE Webcast a panel of thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as recent updates involving SEC's probe on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). They will give highlights to the legal and regulatory updates and help identify best practices and practical tips to avoid potential legal issues and risks.

Key topics include:

  • ICO – A Legal Perspective
  • The SAFT Framework
  • The Howey Test
  • Common Risks and Legal Issues
  • Legal and Regulatory Trends and Updates
  • What Lies Ahead