This is the fourth edition of CryptoLex, which was first conducted in 2018. The proprietary blockchain conference of Murphy & McGonigle, CryptoLex is conducted by Murphy & McGonigle’s FinTech & Blockchain Practice.
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Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have re-introduced the Token Taxonomy Act, again seeking to clarify the legal and regulatory framework around digital assets and cryptocurrencies, as well as a separate bill to establish a digital asset working group.
Produced by the Attorney General’s Cyber-Digital Task Force, the Framework is divided into three parts with a conclusion. It provides an overview of threats and enforcement challenges associated with the increasing use of cryptocurrency; enumerates the criminal and civil statutes and regulatory framework used to investigate and regulate illegal crypto-related activities; and outlines ongoing challenges for businesses involved with cryptocurrency, and future strategies for investigating and prosecuting crypto involved crimes.
The author examines the decisions in SEC v. Telegram and how they may impact digital token issuers’ use of the Simple Agreement for Future Tokens model for distributing tokens.
The Southern District of New York has issued two main rulings in SEC v. Telegram—that the offer and sale of Telegram’s cryptocurrency (Grams) involved a "scheme" to distribute securities subject to 1933 Act registration requirements, and that the Court’s preliminary injunction regarding sales or resales of Grams applies to both U.S. and non-U.S. purchasers. Murphy & McGonigle’s Larry Bergmann examines both rulings and weighs the impact they might have on future issuances of digital tokens. Among other things, Bergmann believes that the decisions will make it more difficult for digital token issuers to argue that securities sold to raise capital can be transformed at a later date into "utility" digital assets that are not securities. He also raises the question of whether improvements can be made to an operational cryptocurrency platform to enhance the value of that platform’s tokens.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to SEC Chair Gary Gensler expressing concern that cryptocurrency exchanges pose risks to investors and consumers that are not being appropriately addressed by federal regulation. The letter suggests potential deeper regulation of the digital asset markets by the SEC, including with respet to decentralized finance.
A research report issued by Cornerstone Research breaks down the SEC’s enforcement activity in the cryptocurrency industry since 2013.
Investors have voluntarily dismissed five proposed class actions against separate cryptocurrency companies in New York federal courts.
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