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Block.one, Creator of EOS, Settles with the SEC. Was it a Slap on the Wrist? Did EOS Get a Pass from the Feds?

Insight Dror Futter Dror Futter · October 03, 2019
The SEC recently reached a $24 million settlement with Block.one for its unregistered offering of over $4 billion worth of EOS tokens. The Crowdfunder Insider news site reached out to Rimon partner Dror Futter for comment on this unusual development. “This seems to place EOS in the same category as Ether, a token that likely was a security

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On the Second Anniversary of the DAO: The Token Universe’s Cat Food Moment

Insight Dror Futter Dror Futter · August 21, 2019
It has been two years since the SEC took its first formal action with respect to a token issuance.  Since then there has been a great deal of regulatory activity that has provided some clarity.  In this article, Rimon partner Dror Futter provides an in-depth regulatory summary of where things stand for those considering issuing a

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Rimon’s Dror Futter Contributes to Blockchain for Enterprise Book

Insight Dror Futter Dror Futter · September 05, 2018
Rimon Fintech Partner Dror Futter was acknowledged by Manav Gupta, Director & Distinguished Engineer, Cloud Native Competency at IBM, for his contributions to the legal sections of Mr. Gupta’s recently published book: “Blockchain for the Enterprise: The Definitive Guide to Adoption of Blockchain in the Enterprise.” In

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ICO Tokens & the SEC: You Can’t Even Give Them Away …. No, Seriously

Insight Dror Futter Dror Futter · August 21, 2018
The SEC has issued a Cease & Desist Order and sanctions against a token issuer and its founder.  Among several findings, the SEC determined that the “Bounty Program” run by the issuer constituted a securities offering.  The Order states “a ‘gift’ of a security is a ‘sale’ within the

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ICOs: “One Giant Leap for the SEC?”

Insight Dror Futter Dror Futter · June 19, 2018
William Hinman, Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance, announced last week that Ether was not a security.  He also provided the broadest look yet as to how the SEC analyzes ICOs. FinTech Partner, Dror Futter analyzes what it all means in the article below. Read the full article here. In addition to a

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SEC Chairman Calls Out ICO Lawyers in January 22 Remarks

Insight Dror Futter Dror Futter · January 24, 2018
"If You Can’t Hear Me, I’ll Speak a Little Louder!” - SEC Chairman Clayton followed up critical remarks on ICO market advisors in December with new, blunt criticisms of many ICO attorneys. Read the full story and insights here.   Mr. Futter has more than 20 years of high tech and business experience. He

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It’s Not Just the SEC - Massachusetts Regulators Sue Resident Who Launched ICO

Insight Dror Futter Dror Futter · January 23, 2018
ICO legal risks may begin but do not end with the SEC, as a Massachusetts-based ICO issuer learned when state regulators sued him for his role in an unregistered ICO. Read the full article here   Mr. Futter has more than 20 years of high tech and business experience. He represents emerging companies and their investors, as well as a

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SEC’s Latest on ICOs: If it Walks Like a Duck and Squawks Like a Duck, It’s a Security

Insight Dror Futter Dror Futter · December 11, 2017
In a powerful one-two punch on Monday, the SEC published a cease and desist order shutting down an ICO for the MUN utility token and a highly critical statement by SEC's Chairman, Jay Clayton, entitled “Statement on Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings”.  Rimon partner Dror Futter analyzes the impact of these

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“We Never Thought of That” — When Venture-Backed Companies Undertake Reverse ICOs. Rimon’s Dror Futter writes in BitcoinMagazine

Insight Dror Futter Dror Futter · November 27, 2017
ICOs are not limited to new companies. Companies that have previously raised venture funding can do them as well — a phenomenon some have termed “Reverse ICOs.”   The standard deal documents of the venture industry (SAFEs, Convertible Notes, Series Seed and NVCA Series A) never contemplated Reverse ICOs. 

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Spoiler Alert:  ICOs – The “Good Times” May Be Ending

Insight Dror Futter Dror Futter · November 16, 2017
Two recent events suggest that the “Wild West Period” for ICOs may be drawing to a close. Recent statements by SEC Chairman, Jay Clayton, strongly suggest more SEC action to come and the first class-action suit related to an ICO has been filed. Click here to read Dror Futter's analysis. Mr. Futter has more than 20 years of

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