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US Securities and Exchange Commission scrutinises role of celebrities in ICOs

An odd phenomenon to come out of the remarkable initial coin offering (‘ICO’) craze in 2017 and in 2018 so far was the number and variety of celebrity endorsements of particular token offerings. In a market that has reportedly raised over $4 billion in just over a year, celebrity interest makes perfect economic sense. What particular expertise those celebrities bring to the offerings, and the possibly undisclosed role they may have in connection with the offerings, has drawn the scrutiny of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (‘SEC’), as Nicolas Morgan and Thomas Zaccaro of Paul Hastings LLP explain.

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