Monthly Archives: November 2017

With SEC enforcement around the corner, ICO community talks self-regulation and how to brace for the storm.

With SEC enforcement around the corner, ICO community talks self-regulation and how to brace for the storm.

There have been calls from within the ICO community to embrace self-regulation, as a regulatory crackdown in the U.S. looks increasingly imminent. Speaking at yesterday’s Consensus: Invest hosted by CoinDesk, InputOutput’s Charles Hoskinson warned that enforcement by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) was inevitable, and might even occur within the next six months. However, according to Bloq‘s Matthew Roszak,…

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3rd VanFUNDING 2017 Blockchain Fintech Conf + Regtech Hackathon

3rd VanFUNDING 2017 Blockchain Fintech Conf + Regtech Hackathon

I’m looking forward to the VanFUNDING Conference next week. This year’s program features a full day of panels, pitching and networking with Canada’s leading fintech, blockchain and crowd finance experts, covering topics such as smart contracts, ICO’s, emerging regulations and more. The conference will be held on November 28, 8am-6pm at the Morris Wosk Centre at SFU. Click here for tickets, program,…

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What’s in a name – should startups distance themselves from the term “Initial Coin Offering”?

What’s in a name – should startups distance themselves from the term “Initial Coin Offering”?

There has been a trend by recent startups towards changing the language surrounding initial coin offerings. You may have noticed an increase in startups issuing an “Initial token offering” or “Token Sale” – or, among the more creative terms: a “token generation event,” “initial capital building mechanism,” or even “ICBM.” CoinDesk used last week’s ICO Forward Summit in New York…

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What the OSC’s decision on TokenFunder’s ICO means for the broader digital currency community

What the OSC’s decision on TokenFunder’s ICO means for the broader digital currency community

Last month we reported that the Ontario Securities Commission’s (“OSC”) had given its blessing for TokenFunder to proceed with their ICO. In their decision, the OSC not only granted the Toronto-based company exemptive relief to conduct their ICO, but to do so exempt from dealer registration requirements and to carry out their ICO under prospectus exemptions. McMillan LLP takes a closer…

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