According to the new orders of Massachusetts, the state has halted five ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) as it stated, that the firms behind them were selling unregistered securities.
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The officials of government found that they all of these companies defied the General Laws of the state, which describe securities as bonds, investment contracts and stocks, that assures a financial profit, as it’s clearly defined in the orders. This stoppage was a part of a bigger inquiry into token sales that are being conducted by the government of the state.
Investigation Against Companies Selling Unregistered Securities
On Tuesday, after investigating each of the company, William Galvin (Massachusetts Secretary of State) has ordered 18moons, through platforms like Sparkco, Mattervest, and Pink Ribbon, to stop their ICO campaigns. Moreover, all of these companies are required to propose, in order to return funds to their investors within the period of 30 days. Additionally, the companies would have extra 45 days to return the funds.
According to the records, a list of all refunded investors who have paid back the company has to be provided by the startups as well. Despite the fact that the orders highlighted, that the campaigns will be permanently halted and won’t be allowed to sell unregistered or non-released securities within the Massachusetts state, still, all startups will have the ability to register its tokens as securities in the future.
On the other hand, companies that are under- investigation, according to the orders, these companies will be suspended until they completely follow the orders. Though, if any company fails to obey any of the terms in the Division’s Order, then a legal action will be taken by the Enforcement Section.
No Response from Companies
The companies haven’t commented or responded to any of the questions so far. The head of SEC, Jay Clayton wanted cryptocurrencies to be regulated just like regular securities, as there was a possibility that at least few of the state officials would settle on it. But still, the doubt exists that there are many bandwagoners in the ICO world who don’t comprehend very much about the financial regulation.
Such moves can solely do so much, especially when there aren’t plenty of guidelines surrounding ICOs, however, they can lead some of the companies to have a second thought before hastening.
The latest step of Massachusetts on the ICO front is represented by its advancement and progress. At the beginning of this year, a suit was filed by the state against an ICO director and his company, claiming that the token sale represents an unregistered security offering.