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SEC Issues Warning Regarding Celebrity-Promoted Coin Offerings and Moves Swiftly Against Unregistered ICOs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued two warnings about investments sold on the basis of celebrity endorsements, including one relating to initial coin offerings (ICOs), and followed up with enforcement actions against unregistered ICOs. Investors can be misled by biased promotions. Receipt of cash or other consideration in…

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Goodwin's Fondo to Speak at MIT Club of Northern California Event on Blockchain + Cryptocurrency

Part of their “View From the Top” series, the MIT Club of Northern California will host a night of networking and an informative panel discussion titled “Blockchain, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and ICOs” on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Intercontinental San Francisco. Panel discussion topics include: what is a cryptocurrency and…

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CFTC Reaffirms Stance on Digital Currencies; Expresses View on DLT and ICOs

Pursuant to its LabCFTC initiative, the regulator issued a FinTech Primer on virtual currencies, including addressing the jurisdictional reach of the CFTC and the SEC (and potential overlap). Several questions remain regarding the already uncertain status of ICOs under the federal securities and commodities laws and regulations. WHAT HAPPENED? On…

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See you at BlockCon!

Goodwin is a proud sponsor of BlockCon 2017, taking place October 10-11, 2017 in Santa Monica, CA. Grant Fondo, Chair of Goodwin’s Digital Currency + Blockchain Technology practice, will moderate a panel on Wednesday, October 11th that includes 2 of the firm’s ICO clients, Scott Morgan of Nanome/Matryx and George…

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Fondo talks ICOs with theCUBE

Goodwin partner and chair of the firm’s digital currency + blockchain technology practice, Grant Fondo, sat down with John Furrier at theCUBE last week to discuss the current landscape for Blockchain and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). theCUBE is a leading, live-interview show based in Palo Alto, CA, that covers developments…

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Recent Cases Demonstrate Need for Blockchain

A recent Delaware bill is poised to allow private Delaware corporations “use networks of electronic databases (examples of which are described currently as “distributed ledgers” or a “blockchain”) for the creation and maintenance of corporate records, including the corporation’s stock ledger.”  The bill is a significant step towards the mainstream…

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