Japan to Unveil ICO Regulation and Legalization Plan

The Financial Services Agency of Japan will consider the proposal, and in a few years it can acquire the status of law
05 April 2018   177

The Center for Normative Strategies at Tama University presented a list of regulations for the regulation and full legalization of the ICO in Japan. This is reported by Bloomberg.

The list of requirements prepared by the government-sponsored group includes provisions on money laundering combat, identifying investors, tracking project progress, and protecting investor interests. The Financial Services Agency of Japan will consider the proposal, and in a few years it can acquire the status of law.

The document describes the principles of granting guarantees, for example, the principles of tracking progress according to white paper and determining the impact on potential investors.

In addition, the document establishes certain principles of trading, customer identification, minimum requirements for listing on exchanges and a ban on insider trading.

In the document, tokens distributed through ICO are directly referred to as securities. A similar position is held by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. 

ICOs are groundbreaking technology, so if we can implement good principles and rules, they have the potential to become a new way to raise funding.

Kenji Harashima

Researcher, Mizuho Research Institute.

The document was developed by Takuya Hirai, a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, who was directly involved in the creation of a licensing system for exchanges last year, Yuzo Kano, head of Japan's largest exchange bitFlyer, as well as experts from the country's largest banks: Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. and Mizuho Financial Group Inc

Tezos Co-Founder penaltied by Wall Street Regulator

Tezos co-founder Arthur Breitman is punished with a fine and a trading veto for two years by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
20 April 2018   117

The Wall Street regulatory institution has come to a adjudgement with Breitman after he was indicted of producing false statements about his side venture (Tezos) while he was actually employed at Morgan Stanley. All registered FINRA securities specialists are demanded to report any for-profit activity outside of their stated employment if there is “reasonable expectation of compensation.”

The regulatory activity started from a Reuters article published in October that discovered Breitman, who is filed with FINRA as a French citizen, never disclosed hise work for Tezos while still employed at Morgan Stanley within the years of 2014-2015.

Together with the other proofs published in Reuters` article is a business plan written in 2015 that lists Brietmen as chief executive and makes projections on the potential for the company to be worth as much as 20 billion dollars over 15 years.  They also cited two papers Breitman penned under the pseudonym L.M. Goodman about Tezos, showing that he purposely hid his connection with the firm.

FINRA enclosed that “Breitman did not notify Morgan Stanley at any time that he was engaging in these outside business activities.” The adjudgement conditions of April 18 are that Breitman shun any broker-deals for 2 years and pay a $20,000 fine. Breitman neither accept nor disclaim the indictments.

The settlement with FINRA is unrelated to and has no impact on the launch of the Tezos network. Arthur cooperated fully with FINRA at all times and Arthur is pleased to put this personal matter behind him.
Sarah Lightdale, lawyer of Arthur Breitman

Last July the Tezos foundation increased for $232 million from their initial coin offering to found the blockchain network for smart contracts but still haven’t delivered any of the cryptocurrency to supporters because of infighting and legal problems in and outside of the boardroom.