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Monster ICO has bedbugs, CorpFin says in first public letter Blog,CryptoMarkets

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Monster ICO has bedbugs, CorpFin says in first public letter Anne Sherry – Wolters Kluwer As it promised it would do earlier in the month, the SEC has published the first “bedbug” letter on EDGAR. The letter from staff of the Division of Corporation Finance concerns a proposed token offering by Monster Products, Inc. Rather than engage with the registrant through the comment letter process, the staff explained that Monster’s Form S-1 contains such serious deficiencies that CorpFin will not perform a detailed examination of the filing. /goo.gl/EixXq9 Blockchain provider to launch crypto exchange this month; Trade.io readies for launch…

Crypto Markets News from John Lothian News – June 4, 2018 Blog,CryptoMarkets

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China’s Internet Giant Baidu Reveals Energy-Efficient and Highly-Scalable ‘Super Chain’ Blockchain Protocol Amrit Mirchandani – Toshi Times Baidu is seen to be using Blockchain in many of its services. The latest was a solution to the high energy consumed by cryptocurrency mining. Speaking at an event in China, Xiao Wei the chief scientist at Baidu’s Blockchain division has announced a protocol that will resolve issues related to the energy consumed while mining cryptocurrencies. /jlne.ws/2sIBpV0 Hyperchain Blockchain Creator Completes $234 Million Funding Round Wolfie Zhao – CoinDesk Qulian Technology, a China-based blockchain platform developer, has announced the completion of a 1.5…

Chicago Venture Capital Firms Are Funding Fintech Blockchain,Blog,Commentary,CryptoMarkets,Fintech

Chicago may not be doing as well as some other cities in certain areas, but it is leading the charge in technological innovation in the financial world and in the crypto world. Several Chicago-based venture capital companies took part in a panel on financial innovation moderated by Chuck Mackie, consultant at Maven Wave Partners and contributing editor to John Lothian News, at The Trading Show Chicago on Thursday. DRW works with companies on development in the later stages. Its Digital Asset Holdings venture, headed by Blythe Masters, is building a database to speed up trading, clearing and settlement using blockchain…

Widespread Fraud in ICOs and Penny Stocks Shocked SEC’s Jay Clayton John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Thank you to all who donated to the Gofundme campaigns mentioned in the newsletter yesterday. I could not be more proud of you all for your outpouring of support and generous response. The goal for Anthony Di Benedetto has nearly been reached and the goal for the Burns family has been exceeded even more.~JJL As heart-pulling as the stories in JLN were, yesterday was a somber day for me as I attended a wake for a childhood friend who made the ultimate decision. His brother asked all of us in attendance to reach…

SEC charges ICO backers with fraud; Libor alternative; UK gender pay gaps John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Dr. Richard Sandor, chairman and CEO of AFX, will discuss his personal journey of innovation throughout the capital markets during a keynote presentation at Fintech Exchange 2018 in Chicago on April 26.~JJL Speaking of the AFX, they set a volume record in March.~JJL CME Group put out a couple of pieces about Asia recently. In case you missed it, March 22 had The Growing Influence of Asia In Derivatives Trading and on March 29 CME published Asia’s Growing Role in Energy Trading. Sensing a theme yet?~SD According to their 2017 Corporate Citizenship Report,…

Cryptocoin Market Met Its Match?; Blackstone, Thomson Reuters Said to Weigh Tradeweb IPO, Sale John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read More Questions Than Answers For A Potential CryptoMarketsWiki ICO John Lothian – JLN In the announcement of CryptoMarketsWiki last week, I mentioned that the project would explore the initial coin offering process from an editorial and strategic perspective. If our due diligence works out, we may go ahead and conduct an ICO and use the token in our business operations. But there are lots of questions to answer before we get there. In fact, there are lots of questions we don’t even know yet, let alone know the answers. However, if we are going to build the central…

More Questions Than Answers For A Potential CryptoMarketsWiki ICO Blog,Commentary,CryptoMarkets,Fintech,Mwiki

In the announcement of CryptoMarketsWiki last week, I mentioned that the project would explore the initial coin offering process from an editorial and strategic perspective. If our due diligence works out, we may go ahead and conduct an ICO and use the token in our business operations. But there are lots of questions to answer before we get there. In fact, there are lots of questions we don’t even know yet, let alone know the answers. However, if we are going to build the central knowledge base for the cryptomarkets world, having real life experience with the product would be…

As SEC Subpoenas to Tech Companies in Digital Tokens Market Increase, What Issuers Need to Know Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature,Fintech,Investing & Trading,Mwiki,ReformWiki,Regulation

  The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) reportedly has revved up its focus and issued a significant number of subpoenas targeting technology companies in the digital token space, following on earlier pronouncements from the agency that it would expand its focus on ICOs and cryptocurrencies. The subpoena process is one of the primary weapons in the SEC’s enforcement arsenal, and ICO issuers will need to understand what they can expect over the next few weeks.  What is a subpoena? A subpoena is a formal request from the SEC staff for documents or testimony, which can be enforced with a court…

ICO Rules and Regs: Initial Coin Offerings Under Regulatory Spotlight Blog,Feature,Fintech

So you want to launch an initial coin offering? Better buckle up and lawyer up. At the FinTank CryptoCon event in Chicago on Thursday, two attorneys addressed the complexity and pitfalls that come with launching an ICO. Barbara Jones, an attorney with GreenbergTrauig, said there continues to be some ambiguity over regulation of ICOs. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has said numerous times that he has not seen a token from an ICO that is not a security. Meanwhile, Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Chris Giancarlo is considering tokens as commodities, and has said the commission will pursue any cases involving…