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The US SEC asserts its regulatory enforcement power in the ICO space

In 2017, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (‘SEC’) formally asserted its regulatory enforcement power over the purchase and sale of cryptographic tokens, with action taken in this area including a report involving the initial coin offering (‘ICO’) of DAO tokens by ‘The DAO,’ and at the end of the year enforcement action against a number of organisations involved in ICOs. Jennifer Achilles, Kari Larsen and Michael Selig of Reed Smith discuss in detail how the SEC’s approach to ICOs has evolved during 2017, and the lessons therein for cryptographic token issuers.

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