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ICO热“烧”至四大会计师事务所,监管问题成核心

随着各类区块链项目通过ICO(初始代币发售)的筹资方式登上各大媒体头条,世界四大会计师事务所的客户正扩大他们在区块链领域的兴趣。

德勤、安永、毕马威以及普华永道的代表表示,四家公司现有及潜在的客户开始更多地咨询关于ICO的问题,这种利用公有区块链技术创建自定义加密货币,尔后用于出售为项目融资的过程。

毕马威数字账本服务部门的负责人Eamonn Maguire表示,自己收到过很多企业家的合作请求,他们都希望自己的项目能够成为下一个Tezos或 EOS(两者都通过ICO筹得了数亿美元的资金)。

Maguire 表示自己明白其中的原因,并补充说他相信ICO这种模式能够为市场带来新的投资者。

来自德勤的代表进一步指出,该公司收到的关于ICO话题的咨询已越来越多,安永的情况也很类似,他们会问关于如何开始管理加密货币及ICO代币的问题。

然而,其他人则提到了ICO缺乏相关监管的问题,这一障碍会阻止新的企业利用ICO这一模式。

普华永道金融科技及数字银行主管Ajit Tripathi解释说:

“虽然ICO在转变风险投资方面的潜力,的确让我们世界各地的诸多客户感到兴奋,但缺乏监管透明度(尤其是在美国)仍然是一个问题。”

Maguire继续提到,当前ICO监管环境尚未确定,所以ICO项目还是“较为少见”的。

而澳大利亚等国的监管机构已开始针对ICO发出更多的声音,最近也有报道批评了美国和英国的立法者。

Maguire说:“问题变成了负责任的ICO应该做些什么,以保护投资者的利益,并通过他们的解决方案为投资者建立信心,这才是我们迄今为止很多讨论的核心。”

Clients of the world's four largest professional services firms are expanding their interest in the blockchain sector in line with its recent explosion of experimentation.

According to representatives from Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC, both existing and prospective clients are beginning to ask questions about initial coin offerings (ICOs), the process by which public blockchain technologies can be leveraged to create custom cryptocurrencies that are subsequently sold to fund projects.

With the novel funding method grabbing headlines (and garnering criticism), Eamonn Maguire, who leads KPMG's Digital Ledger Services division, said?he has even received requests to work with entrepreneurs seeking to become the next?Tezos or EOS, both projects that have raised hundreds of millions by selling cryptographic tokens.

He told CoinDesk:

"We've seen a definite uptick in the inquiries we are receiving. In the past month alone, we've probably gotten 10 inquires – for example from institutions in France, Switzerland, Russia and Austria."

And Maguire understands why, adding that he believes the model can bring new investors into the market.

Representatives for Deloitte further indicated that they were receiving increasing interest on the topic, as did EY, which reported starting new conversations with "wealth and asset managers" on how they can begin managing cryptocurrencies and ICO tokens.

However, others are pointing to the lack of pertinent regulation as a roadblock that is preventing newcomers from capitalizing on ICOs.

"While the potential of ICOs in terms of transforming venture capital is indeed exciting for many of our clients around the world, the lack of regulatory clarity, particularly in the US, remains a concern," Ajit Tripathi, a director of fintech and digital banking at  PwC, said in an email.

Maguire continued this idea, going so far as to state that ICO projects are "still relatively rare" owing to an uncertain regulatory environment.

While regulators in some countries, like Australia, have been more vocal about their plans of action, recent reports have criticized lawmakers in the U.S. and U.K.

"The question becomes what should a responsible ICO address to protect the interests of investors and to build confidence in their solution and controls in the absence of explicit requirements," Maguire said, adding:

"This is at the heart of many of the discussions we are having to date."


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