Poloniex to Receive GRAM Listing Application

The application was filed by the head of the Gram Vault custodian and Blackmoon COO Sergey Vasin before the SEC's lawsuit
22 October 2019   1014

The head of the Gram Vault custodian, Sergey Vasin, filled out an application for listing on the Poloniex exchange before the SEC filed a lawsuit against Telegram.

According to Vasin, who is also a Blackmoon COO exchange, Gram Vault stores 50% of tokens from the first round and 75% of tokens from the second round of sales.

He also added that Telegram does not work directly with exchanges. The document was at the disposal of CoinDesk.

SEC asked Telegram for information on possible Gram trading on the Coinbase, Poloniex, Bittrex, Huobi, Binance, Blackmoon and Liquid exchanges. Only the last two and Coinbase Custody previously announced token support.

Recall that the SEC lawsuit has already forced Telegram to postpone the launch of TON in the spring of 2020.

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   80

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.”