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US SEC settlement of prior charges with ICO firms can be a guide as to how to abstain from violation of U.S. Federal Securities Law - Republic Deputy GC

The U.S. SEC has always kept an eagle eye on the crypto regulation, amid the US regulatory authority kept declining cryptocurrency ETF proposals and eyeing on stringent regulatory framework, the US SEC has now settledthe charges against two firms that sold digital tokens in ICOs, penalising $250,000 fines against each company. Both Airfox and Paragon are to compensate harmed investors who purchased tokens and will register their tokens as securities.

While Maxwell R. Rich, Deputy General Counsel at Republic delivers his commentaries on this development:

"Industry participants should study this settlement closely as it provides good guidance on how to avoid violating U.S. Federal Securities Laws, showing the pitfalls of not following them and more interestingly, may provide novel guidance for token issuers looking to register their tokens with the SEC post-offering.”

He further adds “registered securities are generally freely tradeable. An example of this would be an IPO issuer, such as Google. And now, anyone can purchase shares of Alphabet. The problem is that to date, no token has been registered with the SEC through the IPO process. That is why this settlement so interesting — it’s indicating there is an alternative method for issuers to register their security tokens, whether they are exploring any digital assets securities offerings or are looking for ways to bring their previously unregulated ICO into compliance.

It also reminds token issuers that since the release of the DAO Report, the SEC is taking a hard stance on token sales unless they fall under a registration exemption such as Reg D, Reg CF or Reg S.”

“Utility tokens that are offered through forward agreements such as SAFTs and DPAs will likely need to be registered or exempt from registration.”

Currency Strength Index: FxWirePro's hourly BTC is inching at -31 (which is bearish), USD spot index is flashing at -16 levels (which is mildly bearish), while articulating (at 11:06 GMT). For more details on the index, please refer below weblink:

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