On 19th March, SFC website posted that the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong has halted the Black Cell Technology’s ICO (Initial Coin Offering) because the offering is constituted as an unregistered CIS (Collective Investment Scheme).
Now the investors of Hong Kong must have to be refunded by the Black Cell for their investments in the tokens. This would support “Krops,” which is a mobile application and a marketplace that lists the agricultural products. At the same time, many warnings have been issued by SFC for companies before, however, today is the very first intervention of shutting down ICO technologies in Hong Kong.
Black Cell to Its Investors
Black Cell promoted the ICO on its website by enlightening their investors that their investment would be considered as funding and will be used for the development of Krops mobile application. Black Cell also told the investors that the token holders would have the rights equivalent to the Black Cell.
In January 2018, a cease-and-desist order was filed by the Philippines SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) against four different companies that were linked with Krops and Black Cell as well as for offering Krops token in the form of securities.
Why Black Cell was targeted?
Black Cell was specifically targeted because their token provides a return for token holders. That was the move which labelled the token as a potential security. There’s no doubt that their other projects have been more abstruse in their approach but on the other hand, it avoided direct regulatory involvement. Even with the authorities making their approach clear towards ICOs, the question still remains the same that for how long that autonomy will continue.
Jay Clayton Views
The U.S. SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) is taking a hard line on the ICOs following the securities laws. Jay Clayton, head of SEC has recently noted that all the ICOs that he has seen need to be considered as security and added, that they should be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission before they are sold to the investors of US.