Zaslavskiy Does Little To Encourage Clear Crypto Guidance

Law360 (September 20, 2018, 1:27 PM EDT) -- On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the Eastern District of New York issued a decision holding that initial coin offerings may qualify as securities offerings and therefore be subject to the criminal federal securities laws. This ruling came as two U.S. regulators — the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority — announced separate actions under securities laws against companies engaged in the cryptocurrency marketplace, including the sale of digital tokens. As the popularity of cryptocurrencies grows and businesses and entrepreneurs increasingly turn to ICOs to raise capital, these developments may serve as...

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