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So you want to structure an ICO? Consider these legal issues first

There are many ways to structure your ICO or digital token sale

Ronald Wong | Tech In Asia 


If you want to build credibility for your ICO, there are some things you need to consider from a legal and regulatory perspective.

Your business model or technology

Is your business model or technology something that will attract ICOs that have done well have tended to be conducted by issuers who deploy

Structuring your ICO

There are many ways to structure your or The structure matters in terms of what you want to achieve and how potential investors view your

Legal and regulatory issues

The first thing to consider is whether your or token is characterized as a security or some other scheme which will require regulatory approvals.

In the following sections, I will talk about legal and regulatory issues in Singapore, the US, and China:

Singapore: The (MAS) issued a press release stating, “The offer or issue of digital tokens in Singapore will be regulated by MAS if the digital tokens constitute products regulated under the Securities and Futures Act (SFA).”

United States: The US SEC issued a report stating that an by a decentralised autonomous organization or corporation (DAO/DAC) would be subject to federal securities laws and that the tokens sold during these ICOs would be considered securities.

China: In September 2017, China’s central bank issued a statement banning ICOs and digital token trading, forcing all cryptocurrency exchanges to close.

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You’ll need to navigate some legal and regulatory minefields, structure your ICO/in a way that is credible, present a compelling case for your team and your business, and market it well.

This is an excerpt of the article published on Tech in Asia. You can read the full article here.

First Published: Fri, January 05 2018. 17:30 IST