Over the past one and a half years, the ICO crowdfunding trend has grown tremendously. There is no doubt that an overwhelming number of blockchain-based projects are significantly sprouting every day. Continue reading Crypto-Endorsements Gone Sour | A Celebrity Special
In a press release published today, the Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) said there has been a sharp rise in the number of ICOs launching in Switzerland, resulting spike in inquiries about the regulations that apply to them. With the situation currently “partly unclear,” the new guidelines have been released to clarify the status of projects wishing to launch a token sale project within the country. “Creating transparency at this time is important given the dynamic market and the high level of demand,” the authority states. Notably, FINMA will determine the applicability of regulation to crypto tokens on a case-by-case basis, taking a similar stance to that of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in guidance released last July. When assessing ICOs, FINMA said it will focus on the “economic function and purpose of the tokens,” with the “underlying purpose of the tokens and whether they are already tradeable or transferable” being primary factors in how they will be classified.
The number of blockchain bills before the Arizona state legislature is growing, public records show. Arizona state representative Jeff Weninger introduced two measures focused on the tech last week, including one that would begin laying down ar regulatory framework for initial coin offerings (ICOs) conducted in the state. Two new bills introduced by the representative include “virtual coin,” “blockchain” and “virtual coin offering” as new terms to be included in the Arizona government’s list of definitions, particularly as they relate to securities and crowdfunding. Notably, the first bill defines “virtual coin” as “a digital representation of value that can be digitally traded and that functions as a medium of exchange, unit of account and store of value.”