SEC Enforcement Provides Clarity on When a Blockchain Token Is a Security

26 July 2017
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Key takeaways

  • On July 25, the SEC Division of Enforcement released a report concluding that blockchain tokens sold by the DAO constituted securities.
  • As a result, the report determined that registration and other requirements under both the Securities Act and the Exchange Act apply to DAO tokens.
  • The report appears to confirm that not all blockchain tokens are securities. However, careful analysis is needed to make sure that any token sale complies with relevant rules and regulations.