CFTC equated tokens to exchange products

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission released the first part of a series of explanatory materials related to ICO tokens
18 October 2017   2228

LabCFTC, fintech-initiative of The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), published the first part of a series of explanatory materials, which describes the basics of blockchain technology and some scenarios for its application. This is written by CoinDesk.

In the 20-page document, a special attention was drawn to the section emphasizing that since 2015 the CFTC has maintained an unchanged position relative to bitcoin and other crypto-currencies, classifying them as exchange products.

Separately, the CFTC notes that there is no discrepancy in the position of the SEC on crypto-currencies.

The CFTC looks beyond form and considers the actual substance and purpose of an activity when applying the federal commodities laws and CFTC regulations. Conduct extensive research before giving any money or personal information to a virtual currency platform.
 

CFTC report

Each project will be considered individually, and all facts and circumstances will be taken into account when deciding, says the CFTC.

In addition, the CFTC recalls the need to conduct a thorough study of crypto-exchange platforms before trusting their own funds or personal information.

SEC to Unveil New List of Probable TON investors

One investor in this list is a ex-member of the managing board of the Bitcoin Foundation and partner of Ribbit Capital Mayer Malka
27 January 2020   487

Some names of large investors and the names of investment companies that could take part in the $ 1.7 billion token sale of the Telegram blockchain project became known, CoinDesk reportes with reference to documents issued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the framework of the current proceedings.

One such investor is a former member of the managing board of the Bitcoin Foundation and partner of Ribbit Capital, Mayer Malka. He during the testimony at the beginning of the month mentioned Telegram CEO Pavel Durov.

Answering a question about whether Telegram is known for investors who can take on the role of validators in the TON PoS blockchain, Durov said:

We didn't put together a separate list of the purchasers who we would assume have experience in validating other networks, although it was obvious that certain investors… such as, for example, Micky Malka that we have discussed earlier, might… have experience in these processes of validation or at least were closely affiliated with parties that had experience in such processes.

 

Pavel Durov

Telegram CEO

In addition, Telegram Vice President Ilya Perekopsky, in one of his reports, named David Jan, the founder of ABBYY, a linguistic solutions development company, among potential investors. According to the correspondence published by the SEC, Ian asked Perekopsky if he could get an allocation in the ICO if he contacted Telegram directly without intermediaries in January 2018. “100 percent,” replied Perekopsky.

Also, TON investors could become the American funds Kleiner Perkins, Fortress, Draper Dragon, Dragoneer, DRW Holdings and Redpoint. This follows from the testimony declarations affixed by the SEC to the recent petition. In eight declarations, TON investors explain what prompted them to purchase Gram tokens. Company names have been removed from all documents, but they have remained in the file names. Sources familiar with the situation confirm that they really could take part in the ICO.

Most of the witnesses interviewed by the SEC indicated that they were interested in the possibility of supporting the Telegram project in the ICO TON, while the messenger itself does not accept funding for its main business. The announced investment amounts are on average $ 5-10 million. At the same time, Kleiner Perkins was initially offered an allocation of $ 15 million, but the company managed to agree on a twice as large investment, it follows from the submitted documents.