Developments in the Enforcement of Token Sales

13 November 2017
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Key takeaways

  • On November 8, 2017, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton reiterated that the risks posed by virtual tokens are a priority of the SEC and that certain tokens will be treated as securities subject to federal securities laws and regulations.
  • The Enforcement Division of the SEC has established a new Cyber Unit designed to investigate emergent issues relating to distributed ledger technologies.
  • Following the SEC’s DAO Report, the SEC has shown a willingness to pursue token issuers who present a risk to participants.