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What the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s probe means for startups

What the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s probe means for startups

I’m not mad I’m terrified. These are blue chip deals with top law firms who checked every box they could think of. And the SEC is going after not just the companies but the investors. – Arrington XRP Capital’s Michael Arrington in a since-deleted Tweet The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) probe of the cryptocurrency sector has very much…

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Paying tax on your cryptocurrency holdings

Paying tax on your cryptocurrency holdings

The content in this article is provided for general information purposes and does not constitute legal or other professional advice or an opinion of any kind. We advise our readers to seek out qualified legal or professional counsel before making any decisions. The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) wants to tax your cryptocurrency holdings, and they have the legal right to…

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BCSC Call for Comment: Securities and the Future of Fintech

BCSC Call for Comment: Securities and the Future of Fintech

The British Columbia Securities Commission (the “BCSC” or the “Commission”) has requested public comment on the future of financial technology (“Fintech”). In a notice BCN2018/01 issued on February 14, 2018, the Commission sets out the results of its prior consultations and requests further comments on potential regulatory action to clarify or modernize securities laws in the hopes of creating a…

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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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