South Korea’s ICO Ban lifted by National Assembly

About 8 months after a complete ban on ICOs, South Korea’s National Assembly has revealed an official recommendation to let domestic ICOs in the country
29 May 2018   455

The National Assembly’s special committee on the fourth industrial revolution charged the government of ‘neglecting its duty’ in responding to the blockchain sphere, according to Business Korea`s Tuesday report. The issued ICO bans by Korea and China before it has seen an exodus of domestic firms going to friendlier jurisdictions in Singapore and Switzerland to conduct ICOs.

The National Assembly has pushed a legislative and policy suggestion to recommend letting ICOs. The committee on the 4th industrial revolution also called on the government to create a task force comprising of both public officials and private experts to “improve transparency of cryptocurrency trading and establish a healthy trade order.”

The administration also needs to consider setting up a new committee and building governance systems at its level in a bid to systematically make blockchain policy and efficiently provide industrial support. We will also establish a legal basis for cryptocurrency trading, including permission of ICOs, through the National Assembly Standing Committee.
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This abrupt turn follows recent remarks from the new chief of Korea’s financial watchdog who has chosen to pay attention to the “positive aspects” of cryptocurrencies while offering authorities will relax cryptocurrency curbs in what is among the world’s largest crypto trading markets.

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SEC to Slap ICO Founder With $30K Fine

Additionally, David Laurance, founder of Tomahawk Exploration LLC got 2 lifetime bans
15 August 2018   118

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday reported that it has issued two new bans directed against David Laurence, the founder of Tomahawk Exploration LLC. Tomahawk allegedly stands behind fraudulent ICO, writes CoinDesk.

Laurence, according to the SEC, raised funds through the sale of Tomahawkcoin tokens, in the process of using misleading advertising materials and fraudulent statements that it is a tenant of drilling sites.

Moreover, the sale of Tomahawkcoin tokens, according to the SEC, was accompanied by a false promise that "the holders of tokens will be able to exchange Tomahawkcoin for shares and receive a potential profit from oil production and secondary tokens trading."

According to the SEC, Lawrence neither acknowledged nor denied the charges, but he and his company agreed to these bans, as well as a fine of $ 30,000.

...Tomahawk issued tokens as part of the Bounty Program to generate interest in the ICO, which benefited Tomahawk. Distribution of tokens that are securities in exchange for promotional services to advance the issuer's economic objectives or create a public market for the securities constitute sales for purposes of Section 5 of the Securities Act and Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 thereunder.


The first prohibition of the SEC is a ban on the director's work in public companies, and the second does not allow Lawrence to own and trade in so-called "penny" shares. Both prohibitions, according to the announcement of the SEC, are lifelong.