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Trend of Tokenization Series: German Regulation on Utility Tokens and ICOs

The other structured forms of crypto-assets have been recognized in this guidance, and they are predominantly segregated into three types of tokens:

1) Exchange tokens;

2) Security tokens;

3) Utility tokens.

The regulator also raised a cautionary statement that the token categories are not mutually exclusive, suppose that a token issued as a utility token, can transform into an exchange token over the timespan.

Germany on Tokenization: TheFinance Ministry of Germany clarified that utility tokens are not to be categorized under the Securities Trading Act in a short document amid public consultation on the implementation of a crypto blockchain national strategy. 

They further clarified that the securities, investments or other financial assets within the gamut of German Securities Trading Act are not classified as the utility tokens.

And, such tokens do not come under the purview of the German Securities Prospectus Act or the German Securities Prospectus Ordinance.

Hence, no legal obligation to publish a prospectus or information sheet prior to the public offering of utility tokens. As a result, the utility token investments carry significant risks. 

Simultaneously, European Financial Services Authority (ESMA) essentially addresses the suitable risk-disclosure for the European entities.

Furthermore, a draft bill is intended to contemplate public feedback on the issues as German politicians begin observing as to how the regulatory framework should be framed for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) precisely and for the gamut of cryptocurrencies as well.

Whether a token offering is a security, that is subject to the circumstances with the London based Bird & Bird international law firm giving a breakdown of the potential considerations, according to Germany’s financial regulator, BaFin.

Whether ICOs or utility token has to abide by some basic requirements, though BaFin is not applicable if they’re raising under $20 million. Just in case, it exceeds these levels, then a green-light is quite essential.

Currency Strength Index: FxWirePro's hourly BTC is flashing at -175 (highly bearish), while hourly USD spot index was at -21 (which is bearish) while articulating at 08:24 GMT. 

For more details on FxWirePro's Currency Strength Index, visit http://www.fxwirepro.com/currencyindex

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