Pantera Capital to Intend to Raise $175M for Crypto Fund

Whether the firm can achieve its funding goal is still unclear
16 August 2018   1258

Pantera Capital intends to raise up to $ 175 million for its third venture fund, focused on the blockchain and cryptocurrencies, which marks significant progress against the background of the company's other two funds: the assets of the first of them are $ 13 million, the second - $ 25 million. This is reported by TechCrunch.

As reported, company's partner Paul Veradittakit says the target amount is a “function of how fast the space is moving, the talent coming in, the opportunities, and the sizing of rounds. With more interesting later-stage investments [on our radar], too, we want to be flexible and able to move with the market.”

Whether the firm can achieve its funding goal is still unclear. According to documents recently sent to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), it has already managed to raise more than $ 71 million with the participation of 90 investors. Veradittakit calls this event "the closing of the first transaction".

One of the company's new funds, which opened last year, has a hedge fund structure and focuses exclusively on the ICO. The founder of the company Dan Morehead said earlier that Pantera takes part in the first stages of such campaigns, "basically getting a discount to the ICO price by getting in early, when it’s just a team and a white paper."

The second fund of the company is engaged in investing in bitcoin and has managed to serve a large number of investors during its existence. According to Morhed's calculations, the fund, launched 5 years ago, demonstrated a return of 10 136%.

The last fund Pantera invests in cryptocurrencies, which are already traded on the exchanges. It uses machine learning for algorithmic investment and takes into account the views of the company's management when making investment decisions.

CEO AriseBank Admitted to Fraud

Now Jared Rice faces up to 120 years in prison, however, confession may reduce this period to 20 years
22 March 2019   164

AriseBank CEO Jared Rice confessed to deceiving investors for $ 4.2 million in cryptocurrency. The plea agreement filed in the federal court of Dallas, Dallas News кузщкеы.

According to the document, Rice promised investors a "guaranteed return" of up to 20% of the invested funds, as well as opening bank accounts insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Visa-related debit and credit cards, although he did not have agreements with these companies.

The $ 4.2 million received from the ICO Rice spent on his girlfriend, lawyers, as well as on hotels, food and trips by Uber.

It is noteworthy that Jared Rice’s plea for cryptocurrency fraud was one of the first of its kind in the United States.

Now Rice faces up to 120 years in prison. However, confession may reduce this period to 20 years. Also, the organizer of the scheme will have to pay damages to deceived investors.

The final verdict on the case will be delivered on July 11.

Jared Rice was arrested in November 2018 on charges of fraud with unregistered securities and fraud using electronic means of communication. In December, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) obliged him and Stanley Ford, co-founder of AriseBank, to pay about $ 2.7 million as part of the settlement of the charges.