3 ICOs of Extrabit banned by Alabama Securities Watchdog

Alabama Securities Commission (ASC) has ordered alleged cryptocurrency mining firm Extrabit to stop its token sale offering in the state
25 May 2018   897

The U.S. state's securities regulator, the Alabama Securities Commission (ASC), has supported its colleagues in Texas and New Jersey in hitting out at ICOs that are soliciting local citizens. The cease-and-desist order which was published yesterday  claimed that the agency has ordered purported cryptocurrency mining firm Extrabit to cease its token sale offering in the state.

The ASC declared the company has been illegally begging Alabama investors with what it considers an unregistered securities offering after it announced its token sale on the website of WSFA, an NBC-affiliated TV station recognized in the state capital, Montgomery. While presently the online advertisement appears to have been taken down, the agency said in the order that the firm originally claimed that investors in the pre-ICO phase could buy Extrabit's token "EXB" at half price.

The advertisement claimed that in order to take part in the pre-sale, the user should invest $20,000 and after the purchase, the tokens will be sent to MyEtherWallet within 48 hours. Then, Extrabit's white paper states that, since the firm generates its profits chiefly from mining bitcoin, zcash and monero, it pledges a 185 percent return on investment every quarter for investors who maintain a positive balance in their EXB wallet.

As well as offering unbooked securities, the ASC said the project made "materially misleading" suggestions to deceive investors. Extrabit is not the only token project that is targeting residents in Alabama. A Google search for "token sale" on the WSFA website currently comes up with over 200 press release-style ads from various ICO projects. 

The ASC has also checked two other token sale projects, called LEV and Platinum, with cease-and-desist orders entered on May 2 and May 18. Like with Extrabit, the agency charged the two projects of selling unregistered securities in Alabama while making vaporous promises to potential investors over the likely returns on investment.

Xapo to Move from Hong Kong to Switzerland

According to Ted Rogers, Xapo president, Switzerland is the best place for crypto companies
23 January 2019   78

The well-known cryptocurrency company Xapo has decided to move the majority of units from Hong Kong to the Swiss “Cryptowalley”, BitcoinExchangeGuide reports.

The main structures of Xapo have worked in Hong Kong for several years. Nevertheless, the company is convinced that Switzerland has a more friendly legal infrastructure in relation to cryptocurrencies. This, Xapo believes, will enable the company to improve the quality of services and better comply with regulatory requirements.

It was one thought that Hong Kong was the holy grail of crypto regulations. But it has become more opaque. It’s a reality of this industry that you have to be agile and react to regulatory changes all the time. Swiss regulators are smart, interested and sophisticated in dealing with the financial markets. 
 

Ted Rogers

President, Xapo

Also, according to him, Switzerland is the best place to create cryptocurrency and blockchain companies.

Currently, Xapo has about 250 employees. At the same time, only 10 of them work in Zug.