Blockchain company Block.one has reached a civil settlement agreement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to a year-long unregistered initial coin offering (ICO) it held through 2017 and 2018.
The settlement relates specifically to the ERC-20 tokens that Block.one sold on the Ethereum blockchain between 26 June 2017 and 1 June 2018. The SEC said the unregistered ICO raised the equivalent of around 4 billion dollars.
SEC and Block.one Settle Charges
In a statement, Block.one said it would pay a $24 million fine while neither admitting nor denying the SEC’s findings — representing around 0.6% of the total amount raised through the ICO.
The main reason behind the SEC’s case filing was that Block.on did not provide ICO investors with the information necessary in a securities offering. While $24 million might seem like a lot, it is a minor inconvenience for Block.one which raised $4 billion.
Cheaper Than a Website
On a further controversial note, Block.one even made investment purchases with higher amounts than the SEC’s fine. Earlier this year, Block.one set out to build a decentralized social network, and in the process bought the website Voice for $30 million.
With this settlement between the SEC and Block.one, the company is guaranteed that EOS won’t have to contend with regulators trying to classify it as a security offering. This also makes way for EOS to be traded on U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchanges without any additional repercussions.
This can become a cornerstone case, as blockchain and ICO projects can see that the path taken by Block.one might not be as cumbersome as registering and filing for a securities offering, like in the case of Blockstack.
Earlier this year, Blockstack became the first blockchain company that filed with the SEC under Regulation A+. During its token offering, the company managed to raise $23 million, while the costs of going the official route with the SEC were estimated at around $2 million.
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