ESMA: "ICOs are very risky"

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued two Statements on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)
13 November 2017   1577

The European Securities Market Authority (ESMA) issued an official statement, that warn investors of the extremely risky and speculative nature of the ICO. This is reported by Bloomberg.

In particular, the statement of the financial regulator says that this type of investment is fraught with a complete loss of the invested capital.

ESMA is alerting investors of the high risk of losing all of their invested capital as ICOs are very risky and highly speculative investments. The price of the coin or token is typically extremely volatile and investors may not be able to redeem them for a prolonged period. Another key risk stems from the fact that, depending on how they are structured, ICOs may fall outside of the scope of EU laws and regulations, in which case investors cannot benefit from the protection that these laws and regulations provide. ICOs are also vulnerable to the risk of fraud or money laundering.
 

The ESMA Statement

In addition, the ESMA published a guide for companies implementing the ICO, which states that in many cases they need to ensure compliance with the requirements of EU financial regulation related to providing potential investors with full information about the placement and countering money laundering.

Note that the European regulator first published an official statement on the ICO, despite the fact that other national regulators have repeatedly warned investors about the dangers associated with the initial placement of coins. So, earlier financial regulators of Germany and Great Britain called the ICO "a speculative form of investment."

Malaysia to Issue Law on Digital Currency

Starting from 15.01.2019, organizers of illegal ICO in Malaysia will face up to 10 years in prison
14 January 2019   158

The law on digital currencies and digital tokens of Malaysia will come into force on Tuesday,  The Star reports. From this point on, any citizen of a country who will be found guilty of conducting an unregistered Initial Coin Offering(ICO) or organizing a platform for exchanging digital currencies without authorization may face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $ 245,000.

Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on Monday confirmed the information that the law enters into force on January 15. It is expected that the relevant legal framework will be fully defined before the end of the first quarter.

In accordance with the new law, digital currencies and tokens are considered securities and are regulated by the Securities Commission (SC).

Lim also noted that the financial instruments described in the law and related activities must first be approved by the SC and comply with all established requirements for securities.

In particular, we believe digital assets have a role to play as an alternative fundraising avenue for entrepreneurs and new businesses, and an alternate asset class for investors. 
 

Lim Guan Eng
Finance Minister, Malaysia

According to Lim, SC will now develop regulatory requirements for ICO organizers and trading platform operators.

In November last year, Lim offered to oblige all cryptocurrency issuers in Malaysia to seek advice from the country's central bank.