Chainlink May Sell Big Amount of Own Tokens

According to the experts' research, $30M worth tokens were sold by the ICO team itself
12 August 2019   2951

The Chainlink team was suspected of large-scale liquidation of LINK tokens. For a month and a half, the project capitalization decreased by $ 600 million, Trustnodes reports.

On July 6, a recruitment message was posted on the project’s Twitter page, which, according to some observers, was the beginning of the dump.

We do sincerely appreciate our community’s continued support and understanding as we expand the number of people working on Chainlink, and we will of course do our best to ensure that our expansion plans are accomplished responsibly, carefully managing the company's resources, capital and LINK, with a focus on continuing to create an overall positive effect on the Chainlink network over the long-term.
 

Sergey Nazarov (old message in the company's blog)

Chainlink team

Following this message, a schedule was circulated on social networks showing the alleged token sales of 700,000 LINK at each price rebound after reaching a peak at the end of June.

Alleged Chainlink Dump, Aug 2019
Alleged Chainlink Dump, Aug 2019 

According to Etherscan, 14 transactions of 700,000 LINK were made, which totaled 9.8 million tokens, or about $ 30 million.

After going through a small chain of addresses, these tokens were sold on Binance, noted in Trustnodes.

Chainlink Selling, Aug. 2019
Chainlink Selling, Aug. 2019

Observers believe that at the end of June the daily trading volumes of ChainLink on the Binance exchange were artificially boosted. So, with a capitalization of only $ 1.4 billion, this figure amounted to $ 863 million. According to some, the price movement chart for the mentioned period looks unnatural, especially considering that volumes in favor of sales were recorded on one of the green candles. There is a possibility that the unknown wanted to provoke FOMO, but could not achieve the goal.

Some believe that the message about the expansion of the staff was only an attempt to hide the large-scale liquidation of tokens.

It is worth noting that in 2017 Chainlink raised $ 32 million through the sale of 350 million LINK through an ICO. At the same time, the team saved 650 million LINK for the further development of the project.

According to a recent analysis of the ICO market, Chainlink entered the top five most successful ICOs in terms of growth in bitcoin.

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   1019

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.