最有看点的互联网金融门户

最有看点的互联网金融门户
国际资讯监管与政策

SEC:名人推广ICO等投资产品可能涉嫌违法

国际资讯监管与政策

SEC:名人推广ICO等投资产品可能涉嫌违法

近日,美国证券交易委员会(后文简称SEC)再次发布投资者警示,警告社会知名人士不要帮助ICO和其他投资行为进行"非法"推广。

据了解,此前拳王Floyd Mayweather和名媛Paris Hilton都曾在公开场合或者社交媒体表达了对ICO的支持。

SEC认为,名人利用社交媒体等途径鼓动公众购买股票和其他投资产品这种行为如今已经屡见不鲜。这些推广看起来比较中立,但其本质基本都是一种变相的"付费广告"。如果不能准确披露产品的属性、来源、赔付标准等信息,那么这种名人背书行为很可能就是违法的。SEC执法部门与合规检查办公室表示,希望投资者对于此类可能并无行业资质背书的名人推荐产品/投资建议保持警惕。

在此前针对The DAO产品的调查报告中SEC提出,任何通过ICO销售的虚拟代币都应属于证券产品,理应受到美国联邦证券法规的监管。所以说,任何参与未经注册证券产品销售推广,或者以非注册证券经纪人身份出现的行为,都违反了联邦证券法有关反欺诈行为的条例。

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is out with a note, and an investor alert, warning celebrities against the “unlawful” promotion of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and other investment opportunities.

The SEC is referencing the multiple, prominent endorsements of ICOs by high profile celebrities such as boxing legend Floyd Mayweather (or “Floyd Crypto Mayweather” as he sometimes calls himself) who boldly stated he was going to make “$hit t$n of money” off of an ICO or two. Back in September, Paris Hilton famously tweeted her support for the Lydian ICO (the tweet has since been wisely deleted).

The SEC explains that celebrities and others are using social media networks to encourage the public to purchase stocks and other investments, a widely known fact. These endorsements may be unlawful if they do not disclose the nature, source, and amount of any compensation paid, directly or indirectly, by the company in exchange for the endorsement. The SEC’s Enforcement Division and Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations cautioned investors on taking investment advice from people who do not necessarily have any background on finance or may be providing paid endorsements.

In the SEC’s Report of Investigation concerning The DAO, the Commission warned that virtual tokens or coins sold in ICOs may be securities, and those who offer and sell securities in the United States must comply with the federal securities laws.

Any celebrity or other individual who promotes a virtual token or coin that is a security must disclose the nature, scope, and amount of compensation received in exchange for the promotion. The SEC said that a failure to disclose this information is a violation of the anti-touting provisions of the federal securities laws and implicitly, they may come after you.

Persons making these endorsements may also be liable for potential violations of the anti-fraud provisions of the federal securities laws, for participating in an unregistered offer and sale of securities, and for acting as unregistered brokers.

You Have Been Duly Warned.

The SEC added that investors should note that celebrity endorsements may appear unbiased, but instead may be part of a paid promotion. Common sense dictates that celebrities who endorse an investment often do not have sufficient expertise to ensure that the investment is appropriate and in compliance with federal securities laws. In brief, don’t let Paris Hilton or Floyd Mayweather or any other celebrity ever give you investment advice. It’s just stupid.


用微信扫描可以分享至好友和朋友圈

扫描二维码或搜索微信号“iweiyangx”
关注未央网官方微信公众号,获取互联网金融领域前沿资讯。

发表评论

发表评论

您的评论提交后会进行审核,审核通过的留言会展示在下方留言区域,请耐心等待。

评论

您的个人信息不会被公开,请放心填写! 标记为的是必填项

取消

SEC:别以为用区块链就不必遵守会计准则

区块科技研究与监管 09-20

未央今日播报:深圳金融办下发P2P合规检查通知

未央研究 09-19

ICO风险常抓不懈,意味着什么?

肖飒 | 大成律师事... 09-19

未央今日播报:央行发文称持续防范ICO和虚拟货币交易风险 “山竹”触发广东巨灾指数保险

未央研究 09-18

澳洲监管机构对ICO等新兴产品展开监测

Maria Niko... | 鸵鸟创投媒... 09-07

版权所有 © 清华大学五道口金融学院互联网金融实验室 | 京ICP备17044750号-1