Initial Coin Offerings & Securities Laws: When does a cryptocurrency become a security?

Hosted by: EPICentre

Thursday, March 1, 2018


Date & Time: Thursday, March 1, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: EPICentre, Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, 2nd Floor, 2455 Wyandotte St. W., Windsor Ontario
Cost: Free

Crypto currencies seeking to scale their business models need access to capital. One of the novel ways they have used to attract capital, has been through the use of an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) as a prerequisite to being able to purchase shares in a particular start up. The advantage of this method is the ability to get around existing requirements regarding Initial Public Offerings (IPO). The question remains however: Is this simply a way to avoid existing securities regulations, or is there a substantive difference between the two? This talk will discuss what position regulators have taken in Ontario and the United States and discuss the laws that apply to determining whether an ICO is really an IPO by another name, whether they will have to comply with existing securities laws and what this may mean for a burgeoning start up. 

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