SEC Divisions Issue Public Statement on Digital Assets and ICOs, Echoing Recent Enforcement Actions
November 20, 2018
On November 16, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Corporation Finance, Division of Investment Management, and Division of Trading and Markets issued a joint public statement on “Digital Asset Securities Issuance and Trading.”
The public statement is the latest in the Divisions’—and the Commission’s—steady efforts to publicly outline and develop its analysis on the application of the federal securities laws to initial coin offerings and certain digital tokens. These efforts have combined a series of enforcement proceedings with public statements by Chairman Jay Clayton and staff, including a more detailed statement of the SEC’s analytical approach in Corp. Fin. Director William Hinman’s speech on digital assets in June 2018.
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This article was republished by Law360.