Japan to Tighten ICO Regulation

All the organizers of the ICO will have to be registered with the local watchdog
03 December 2018   463

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.

Gladius to Register Token as Security & Refund Investors

Startup self-reported in SEC on unregisted securities offering and cooperate with Commission, so it won't be fined
21 February 2019   145

Cryptocurrency startup Gladius Network LLC has informed the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about the sale of unregistered securities. On February 20, the SEC filed relevant charges.

During the ICO, the Gladius project raised $ 12.7 million in cryptocurrency equivalent for the development of a network for leasing computing facilities to protect against cyber attacks. The SEC stressed that the startup did not register their tokens as securities, as required by federal law, and did not agree to exclude them from the rules in the legal manner.

Moreover, tokensale was held after the publication of the SEC report on the situation with The DAO, in which the regulator stated that ICO can offer securities.

The press release says that Gladius contacted the SEC in the summer of 2018 and expressed interest in cooperating with the investigation. Thus, the agency refused to levy a fine, because the startup voluntarily agreed to return the funds to investors who require it and register the token in accordance with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1934.