Caird Forbes-Cockell - Douglas Donahue - Jonathan Ching - Richard Hay Cryptocurrencies - ICOs / token offerings
Potentially unlawful U.S. online platforms
On March 7, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a statement on potentially unlawful platforms trading digital assets (the Trading Platform Statement). 1 Following up on an issue which was highlighted in its July 2017 report on the offering of digital tokens by “The DAO” (the DAO Report), a critical question is whether exchanges that allow token holders to trade tokens need to register as a national securities exchange or operate pursuant to an exemption from registration.
Key areas include:
- Focus on Exchange Registration and Regulation ATS
- A overview of key points arising from the Trading Platform Statement