Transfer Agent Vertalo Chooses Tezos Over Ethereum for Security Token Development

Transfer agent Vertalo wants its customers to issue securities on the Tezos blockchain. The company has made Tezos its default blockchain, encouraging customers to switch over from ethereum. It has developed the ability to convert ERC-20 tokens to Tezos-formatted smart contracts, though it will still support ethereum. “We think that that covers 99 percent of the security token and smart contract landscape for equity and debt,” said Dave Hendricks, CEO of Austin, Texas-based Vertalo.  With 18 customers on its platform currently, Vertalo issues digital securities and manages data for the…

Uniswap Liquidity Grows Following Additional Token Listings

Uniswap, a leading decentralized exchange (DEX), has seen tremendous growth in the last week, having cleared all-time highs in terms of platform liquidity and ETH locked in reserves.  DeFi Needs Liquid DEXes to Thrive Achieving widespread adoption of DeFi requires users to be able to access the entire financial stack in a permissionless and decentralized manner. Thanks to this, DEXes are being hailed as an integral part of this stack going forward.  Centralized exchanges will still exist and thrive, but for the DeFi narrative to pick up steam, there needs…

SEC Depositions Shed Light on Telegram’s $1.7B Token Sale

Telegram CEO Pavel Durov pushed back against a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) attorney’s speculation that his company’s 2018 token sale was meant to refill its cash reserves. During an 18-hour deposition, Durov disputed in particular SEC attorney Jorge Tenreiro’s claim that the sale would help Telegram pay for servers. This claim is a core part of the SEC’s argument in the ongoing case that Telegram was selling unregistered securities.  Acсording to Durov, from the beginning he has been funding Telegram with proceeds from the sale of his earlier…

SEC: Cash-Strapped Telegram Launched 2018 Token Sale to Pay for Servers

Telegram launched its token sale because it was “short on cash” to pay for servers, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said. The claim, made in the regulator’s latest document dump in its ongoing securities case against Telegram, shows for the first time the core of the SEC’s argument: that the token sale was a mere substitute for equity financing. At the time of the sale, Telegram framed it as financing for a next-generation blockchain that would be faster and more versatile than its predecessors. The documents released Thursday…

Telegram Token Sales Canceled By Liquid Exchange

Japan-based Liquid Exchange has canceled the sale of Telegram’s Gram tokens and returned funds to customers as the messaging app company remains embroiled in an SEC lawsuit. The exchange has said that it is acting in compliance with the investor agreement, which states that Telegram’s Open Network (TON) should have been launched by October 31, 2019; otherwise it must initiate the process of returning funds to investors. As a result of the longstanding lawsuit brought against the messaging app by the SEC, an injunction has been brought out to prevent…

Malaysia Looks to Tie Token Offerings to Exchanges

Following the US SEC’s investor alert against Initial Exchange Offerings (IEO’s), Malaysia’s regulator has published a regulatory guide requiring token offerings in the country be attached to exchanges. A breakdown of Malaysia IEOs A report from Malaysia’s Securities Commission (SC) makes clear that digital tokens are to be used only for goods and services and within strict guidelines, which will take effect late 2020.  Issuing digital tokens in the country without SC approval is illegal. The platforms themselves bear responsibility for vetting issuers and approving token features. The minimum paid-up…

Team Behind Foin Token Scheme Explains Catastrophic Price Drop

The Foin project — which is behind the eponymous token that sunk following its supposed unlocking period at the beginning of January — has released an official explanation of the token’s tanking after the purported price pump. Cointelegraph reported in an investigation on Dec. 30, 2019 that we had found a trail of suspicious movements in Foin’s (FOIN) price history, as well as a web of suspect business relationships associated with the coin’s development. As revealed by our investigation, there are multiple entities associated with Foin, like the Swiss-registered Foin…

Telegram Hit By New SEC Evidence Showing Token Trading After ICO

The SEC has produced new evidence in its case against Telegram, which shows that the company was engaged in trading Gram tokens several months after its initial coin offering (ICO). Messaging app Telegram has been embroiled in a lawsuit with the US Securities and Exchanges Commission, which alleges that US$1.7 billion raised from the sale of Gram tokens between January and March 2018 should have been registered with the authority because the tokens constitute a security. Telegram has consistently refuted these claims and published a statement last week to address…

SEC Seeks $16M From ICOBox for Unregistered Token Sale

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking more than $16 million in penalties from ICOBox for selling “ICOS” tokens as unregistered securities. According to a filing in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, the SEC seeks a default judgment against Cayman Islands-based ICOBox and founder and CEO Nikolay Evdokimov, asking the judge to approve penalties as well as a lifetime ban from marketing or selling securities in the U.S. The regulator also wants Evdokimov to pay a separate civil penalty of just under…

MARKETS DAILY: Basketball’s First Celebrity Token Shoots for Monday Launch

After years of discussion, Monday may mark the first time accredited investors can buy tokenized shares of a high-profile professional athlete’s contract. Markets Daily is back with the latest on the NBA’s Spencer Dinwiddie story and what it could mean for entertainers of all stripes. No time to listen? Scroll down for the complete episode transcript. More ways to Listen or Subscribe: This episode featured a sound effect provided by soundsilk.com. Adam B. Levine: On today’s episode, our news roundup, the first tokenized pro basketball player, and Fidelity’s 2019 bitcoin reflections.…