Bitfinex's LEO Token Whitpaper to be Released

Public stage of tokensale may not be conducted if hardcap of $1B won't be reached during closed sale
08 May 2019   1264

Bitfinex Cryptocurrency Exchange published the whitepaper LEO token, with which it intends to raise $ 1 billion during the initial exchange offering (IEO).

It is expected that this amount will allow to fill the previously formed deficit of $ 850 million - the site operator will redeem tokens monthly for an amount of 27% of the profits.

Private stage of tokensale ends on May 11. If the intended hardcap won't be reached by this time, Bitfinex may refuse the public part of the campaign.

If fewer than 1 billion USDt tokens are sold by private token sale, the Issuer may thereafter sell remaining tokens at times and in a manner it deems appropriate in its sole discretion, consistent with applicable law. 
 

LEO Whitepaper

The issuer of the LEO token is Unus Sed Leo Limited, the newly registered IEO-iFinex platform.

The document also says that iFinex, which will be launched in June, will actively participate in the development of the second-tier Lightning Network.

iFinex has joined with a number of other companies and individuals to help develop and finalize the support for digital assets on Lightning Network. Ideally, digital assets developed and introduced by iFinex, including the LEO token, will be among the first digital assets launched on the Lighting Network.
 

LEO Whitepaper

In addition, Bitfinex plans to create a “a licensed and regulated security tokens exchange”, launch a derivative product with security at USDT and leverage up to 100x, as well as the Dazaar Big Data Marketplace and Betfinex exchange rates.

Another project will be the modular set of tools, libraries and protocols μFinex, based on the principles of open source. It will be used in both exchange and derivative products.

It worth reminding that in late April, the Attorney General’s Office of New York reported receiving a court order against Bitfinex in connection with the alleged loss of the last $ 850 million and the concealment of this fact from market participants.

Representatives of the trading platform said that we are not talking about permanent loss. These funds are frozen in bank accounts of Panamanian processing Crypto Capital Corp., located in four countries.

To ensure liquidity, Bitfinex was forced to use Tether Limited's funds for a loan and, according to the AG’s Office, has already received $ 750 million from the company's reserves. This was considered by the department as a crime.

On May 7, the New York State Supreme Court upheld the injunction against the Bitfinex Bitcoin Exchange, which does not allow Tether Limited to use its reserves for Exchange lending and other investment activities.

Court to Ban TON Tokens Release

U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel, of the Southern District of New York issued a temporary restiction, therefore supporing the SEC
25 March 2020   944

The American court issued an order to the developer of the Telegram messenger, according to which he should refrain from the distribution of tokens of the TON blockchain project planned for next month.

According to CoinDesk, on March 24, the District Judge of the Southern District of New York, Kevin Castel, issued a temporary injunction, recognizing the SEC's arguments regarding the sale of unregistered securities by the company as reasonable.

The Court finds that the SEC has shown a substantial likelihood of success in proving that the contracts and understandings at issue, including the sale of 2.9 billion Grams to 175 purchasers in exchange for $1.7 billion, are part of a larger scheme to distribute those Grams into a secondary public market, which would be supported by Telegram’s ongoing efforts.

 

Kevin Castel

U.S. District Judge

According to the judge, this feature does not allow considering the Telegram offer as subject to exceptional conditions. He also noted that Telegram structured its project in such a way as to attract “the maximum number of primary buyers” against the background of the expectation of maximum profit at the time of launch.

Considering the economic realities under the Howey test, the Court finds that, in the context of that scheme, the resale of Grams into the secondary public market would be an integral part of the sale of securities without a required registration statement. 

 

Kevin Castel

U.S. District Judge

Conducting an analysis from the standpoint of the Howey test, the judge stated that buyers expected to profit from participating in the campaign. Moreover, although Telegram may argue that it will not become a guiding force in the further development of TON, “in fact,” it will be precisely this.

The judge agreed to distinguish between non-existent Gram tokens and securities purchased by TON investors, but refused to support Telegram's argument that Gram would be a commodity.

The Court rejects Telegram’s characterization of the purported security in this case. While helpful as a shorthand reference, the security in this case is not simply the Gram, which is little more than [an] alphanumeric cryptographic sequence.

 

Kevin Castel

U.S. District Judge

This is not the final decision, but it can serve as a powerful indicator of what position the court will adhere to further.