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Hagens Berman Files for Temporary Restraining Order to Prevent Dissipation of Tezos (XTZ) Initial Coin Offering (ICO) Funds
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 14, 2017 -- Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP filed a motion today for a Temporary Restraining Order in the Northern District of California on behalf of investors to recover the bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and fiat currency paid in the Tezos Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”). The proposed order asks the court to temporarily freeze the ICO proceeds and enjoin Defendants from selling or otherwise disposing of any of the ICO Proceeds until Plaintiff has had sufficient time to conduct appropriate discovery in preparation for a preliminary injunction.
At present, an ongoing combination of the conversion of ICO proceeds, accusations of self-dealing, a lack of transparency, a lack of regulatory oversight, a refusal to acknowledge investor concerns or claims, and unreported payments, bonuses, and fees all threaten the ICO proceeds collected from investors. Two days ago—December 12, 2017—Reuters reported that Defendant Schmitz-Krummacher had resigned from the three-member board of the Tezos Foundation, the entity that currently holds the ICO funds. His replacement will be handpicked by Defendant Johann Gevers, one of the other directors. Gevers, who has been accused by Defendants Arthur and Kathleen Breitman of “self-dealing, self-promotion, conflicts of interest,” and “enriching” himself through an unjustified seven-figure “bonus.”
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The complaint, which names Defendants Dynamic Ledger Solutions, Inc. (DLS), Tezos Stiftung (aka the “Tezos Foundation”), Kathleen Breitman, Arthur Breitman, Timothy Cook Draper, Draper Associates, Johann Gevers, Diego Ponz, Guido Schmitz-Krummacher, Bitcoin Suisse AG, and Niklas Nikolajsen, alleges that Defendants illegally sold unqualified securities in violation of California’s Corporate Securities Law of 1968 (Cal. Corp. Code § 25110) and California’s Unfair Competition Law (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 et seq.). In doing so, Defendants collected approximately $232 million USD worth of cryptocurrencies from investors (primarily Bitcoin and Ethereum), now worth over $1.2 billion USD.
“We are asking the court to freeze the ICO assets to make sure that the Defendants don’t loot the funds investors provided for what now appears to be vapor-currency . . . not cryptocurrency,” said Hagens Berman partner Reed Kathrein. “It is a shame these people have turned a promising technology into an investment scam.”
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Reed Kathrein, 510-725-3000