Japan to Tighten ICO Regulation

All the organizers of the ICO will have to be registered with the local watchdog
03 December 2018   727

The Financial Services Agency of Japan (FSA) is planning to introduce new rules for the regulation of ICOs to protect cryptocurrency investors. It is reported by the Cointelegraph, citing the local news publication Jiji Press.

The publication quotes "informed" sources, according to which all the organizers of the ICO will have to be registered with the FSA.

In addition, the agency plans to introduce new bills, which will revise the rules for exchanges, payment services and other suppliers of financial instruments. It is expected that this will occur in January, when the parliamentary session starts.

It is argued that the regulator is taking this step in the light of several potentially fraudulent projects conducted outside of Japan. In particular, in order to better protect private investors, the agency intends to limit their investments in ICO.

In October it was reported that the FSA plans to set a limit on the size of leverage during cryptocurrency trading in order to reduce risks and market speculation. This measure was also recommended by the of Japan Virtual Currency Exchanges of Association (JVCEA), which had previously received the status of a self-regulating organization.

Earlier this week, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fined the famous American boxer Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled for promoting ICO of Centra Tech in social networks. In particular, the regulator found that celebrities hid the fact that the organizers paid them for advertising tokens.

Bitfinex Shareholder to Start Pre-Orders for IEO

It should be noted there's no official whitepaper for the token and the fact of IEO wasn't confirmed by the operator of trading platform
06 May 2019   293

The Chinese platform RenRenBit, which is an intermediary between cryptocurrency lenders and borrowers, has begun to accept preliminary applications for participation in the public stage of IEO of the Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex. RenRenBit is part of the DGroup company, which is owned by a major Bitfinex shareholder, Zhao Dong, CoinDesk reports.

Note that the operator of the trading platform iFinex Inc. has not yet published the official white paper for its token, and has not even confirmed the fact of IEO itself. Dong is the main source of information on tokensale for $ 1 billion and it was he who distributed the marketing documentation of the LEO token through Weibo, although some top managers from Bitfinex have already mentioned the coin on Twitter.

Retail investors who have undergone a KYC procedure can already commit to invest up to $ 1,000 in USDT equivalent at the IEO's public stage. However, according to the mentioned marketing documentation, if the tokens are sold out to accredited investors by May 10, the tokensale will end in a closed format. As of May 4, the exchange allegedly received a verbal commitment of $ 600 million.

It is worth adding that the fake white paper of Bitfinex token has already appeared on the web, whose authors use the uncertainty around the alleged campaign and the lack of official statements to mislead gullible users. The official white paper has not been released.

CoinMarketCap, a popular analytical resource, meanwhile, excluded Bitfinex quotes from calculations of the average value of digital assets, since they significantly exceed those of other trading platforms.

Earlier, New York State Attorney General Letitia James asked the state Supreme Court to uphold the order for Bitfinex, which does not allow her to renew the credit line from Tether Limited. She warned the court about the high risks for users of the platform and USDT holders.

However, a week ago, Tether Limited's chief lawyer Stuart Hogner stressed that there are no risks for users, although steylcoin is secured only by 74%.

So, Bitfinex could already receive about $ 750 million from the USDT issuer's reserves to ensure liquidity after the fiat funds of the exchange's operator were blocked in the accounts of the Panamanian processing Crypto Capital Corp. in Poland, Portugal, the UK and the USA.