US State to cease Orders to Two Crypto Investment Firms

U.S. state has published emergency cease and desist orders to 2 companies and related persons purportedly engaged in crypto investment schemes
09 May 2018   804

The first firm posted videos of three mining farms posted of online stock images, according to the order. Both companies made made completely misleading claims and violated U.S. securities laws. 

The Texas State Securities Board has published “an emergency cease and desist order” to London-based Bitcoin Trading & Cloud Mining Limited, also famed as Btcrush. Also involved in the order are the company’s sole director and shareholder Jaylon Cross, founder and CEO Bruce Rodgerson, Chief Marketing Officer Robin Lozinski, and sales agent Thomas A. Johnson. As it was claimed in the order, Btcrush had published videos of its three mining farms on its website. US State Issues Emergency Cease and Desist Orders to Two Crypto Investment FirmsThe first mining farm the company declares to operate is the Maverik Farm, which is characterized as the “most powerful farm” located “in the mountains.” The second is the Hephaestus Farm, which Btcrush estimates to be the “most reliable and secretive farm located in a bunker of the Second World War times.” The third is the Rebelpower Farm, situated “at the former power station.”

Btcrush suggests investors to agree to a “private transaction rule” of the US Securities Act of 1933 and related acts when signing up. “This statement is materially misleading,” the order claims adding that the public will likely be frauded into thinking that the company is offering regulated securities in the state. Btcrush asks clients to agree at signup that they “are investing at their own risk” and that the firm “reserves the right to amend…. fixed interest rates… without agreement with investors.” The order claims that these sayings are also materially misleading given the advertised guarantee of 4.1% return regardless of the company’s profitability.

Respondents [both companies] are engaging in fraud in connection with the offer for sale of securities…[and] are making offers containing statements that are meterially misleading or otherwise likely to deceive the public.
Securities Commissioner, US

The second company to receive an urgency cease and desist order from the Texas State Securities Board on Tuesday is Forex EA & Bitcoin Investment LLC, the New York-based and also known as My Forex EA. Involved in the order are as well James Butcher and Richard Dunn who market the company’s Forex and Bitcoin trading program focusing on Texas citizens, the Securities Commissioner said. 

Bitmain to File IPO Application

The application was sent to Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX)
27 September 2018   405

The largest mining company Bitmain has submitted to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) listing application for an initial public offering (IPO), according to CoinDesk.

The application is a draft option, and some of its details, in particular the number of shares offered for sale and the immediate date of the IPO, are still in the process of editing.

Nevertheless, the document indicates that last year Bitmain's revenue was $ 2,517,719,000. This figure is higher than in 2016 ($ 277,612,000). As of June 30, 2018, the company's revenue was $ 2,845,467,000.

The application said that in 2017 the gross profit of the company was $ 1 212.7 million, which is also higher than in 2016 ($ 151,351,000).

Earlier, the head of Bitmain, Jihan Wu, expressed his indignation over the actions of the company's chief financial officer, who disclosed the figures for the first quarter 60 days after his end, and not after 90, as he had expected.

The media suggested that in the run-up to the IPO the publication of such information could have a negative effect on the company's investment attractiveness.

In addition, the document confirmed the media's information that Bitmain owns a 3% stake in Opera's Internet browser thanks to an investment of $ 50 million.

The application also indicates that the underwriters of the IPO are China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited, Commerce and Finance Law Offices, Maples and Calder LLP, KPMG and Frost & Sulliva