The Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States (SEC) initiated the full-scale check of crypto-currency companies. An unnamed source told the Wall Street Journal that the regulator issued dozens of agendas and requests for information provided to consulting and technology companies operating in the US crypto-currency market.
Most of all, the regulator's concern is not caused by the trade in crypto-currencies itself, but by the unregulated ICO-space, the companies operating in it, and their methods of attracting financing. Among other things, the SEC wants information about the structures of ICO and pre-ICO of startups caught in its field of vision that do not fall under the requirements governing traditional public campaigns. The increased pressure on the market for crypto currency followed numerous statements that suggested that sooner or later the US regulators will move from words to decisive actions.
In January, the chairman of the SEC, Jay Clayton, promised not to ignore the company, whose leadership is trying to artificially raise the prices of its shares, stating their alleged connection with the blockade space. The activities of several such companies were indeed suspended.
Repeatedly, the SEC has warned both crypto-currency start-ups themselves, which, according to it, "violate the rules universally designed to protect investors".