New Morgan Creek Fund to Exclude Pre-Mined Crypto

Ripple and Lumen won't be included to Morgan Creek Digital Asset Index Fund
28 August 2018   2192

Morgan Creek, which manages $ 1.5 billion in assets, launched its own crypto fund, the Morgan Creek Digital Asset Index Fund, but refused to include some large crypto-currencies. This is reported by Forbes.

For example, in the new fund, which was managed by the American company Bitwise Asset Management, such cryptocurrencies as XRP, developed by the Ripple, and Lumen (XLM) of the Stellar project, are not represented, as their release was carried out through the so-called pre-goal.

If there’s a central party that owns 30% or more of supply then we withhold those from the index. Because we think that introduces a lot of additional risk that may not be there if it was a more decentralized network.
 

Anthony Pompliano
Partner, Morgan Creek Digital 

The index fund includes a set of 10 major cryptocurrencies weighted by market capitalization, which is rebalanced monthly. There are some other requirements, such as the presence of custodial solutions and a restriction on the concentration of trade.

When forming the fund, the risks of centralization of crypto assets were taken into account because of the increased probability of manipulating their prices and possible issues of regulators if such assets were recognized as securities.

We’re fully prepared and feel we’ve built something that institutional investors will find attractive regardless of how the assets are categorized. Whether they’re securities or not.
 

Anthony Pompliano
Partner, Morgan Creek Digital 

According to the co-founder of Bitwise co-founder Hunter Hosley, the main difference between the Morgan Creek Digital Asset Index Fund and the HOLD 10 fund launched by his company is the availability of the first inspection committee, which included Morgan Creek CEO Mark Yusko, Pompliano and Bitwise Research Department head Matt Hogan.

Hosley said that the decision of the committee to limit cryptocurrencies with pre-currency is caused by two main factors: fears about the opportunities for fraud, which are possessed by large holders of assets, and the doubts of regulators for which a high degree of centralization is an additional basis that allows to recognize crypto currency as a security.

The Morgan Creek Digital Asset Index Fund is already available for institutional and accredited investors. Hosley promised that the fund will be audited by Cohen & Company from this fall, the results of which will be published on an annual basis. The first report will be submitted in early 2019

US Crypto Companies to Support TON in Case With SEC

The Blockchain Association said Telegram taken sufficient measures to ensure that the Gram token offer met SEC requirements
23 January 2020   1074

The Blockchain Association, which combines companies such as Coinbase, Circle, 0x and Ripple, issued an expert opinion as part of the ongoing proceedings of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with Telegram.

Previously, the Digital Commerce Chamber launched a similar initiative. The blockchain association, however, was more straightforward and stated that Telegram had taken sufficient measures to ensure that the Gram token offer met SEC requirements. According to members of the organization, the actions of the SEC can damage not only Telegram, but the market as a whole.

The Court should not block a long-planned, highly anticipated product launch by interfering with a contract between sophisticated private parties. Doing so would needlessly harm the investors that securities laws were designed to protect.

 

The Blockchain Association

The Blockchain Association notes that for many years it has not been possible for SEC to obtain clear and unambiguous guidance for conducting activities in the cryptocurrency space, while the claims of the regulator make the current situation even more ambiguous. 

The SEC’s lawsuit also raises novel questions regarding whether companies are forbidden from raising funds from sophisticated U.S. investors, under well-established regulatory provisions, to build blockchain networks.

 

The Blockchain Association

They cite examples of startups TurnKey Jet and Pocketful of Quarters, in respect of which the regulator recommended not to apply legal measures, adding that such litigations inevitably involve high costs and do not guarantee industry participants that they will not be prosecuted in the future.

Telegram discussed its plans with SEC staff for a year and a half, provided copious information and responded to limited feedback by adjusting the design of its transaction. Yet, at the end, the SEC has sued, and the SEC’s briefs thus far say nothing about the substance of those discussions. 

 

The Blockchain Association

In conclusion, the group asks the court to “reject the SEC’s arguments that the not-yet-in-existence Grams were securities at the time of the Purchase Agreements.”