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Prior to the launch of The Token RegRadar, we developed an article series, ‘Ask Me Anything…’, demonstrating the abilities of the new regulatory GPT embedded in to the platform. Since the revolutionary regulatory tool has been released, we decided to ask our community which topics it wanted examined through a poll on our Linkedin profile. The topic receiving a decent amount of attention was “Invest in Security Tokens-USA”, therefore the question this week is “What rules and restrictions govern the conduct of and investment in security tokens in the US?”.

We will continue to reach out to our community to explore new topics to demonstrate and test the new regulatory GPT in the future, we encourage our readers to reach out with topics they want examined related to regulation in the asset tokenization space.

  • What rules and restrictions govern the conduct of and investment in security tokens in the US?
  • In the United States, the conduct of and investment in security tokens are governed by federal securities laws. Here are the key rules and restrictions:

    Securities Act of 1933: Any offering of securities, including security tokens, must comply with the Securities Act of 1933. This act requires that all securities offered or sold to the public in the U.S. must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unless an exemption applies.

    Regulation Crowdfunding (CF): Allows eligible companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding. The rules include limits on the amount of money an issuer can raise using the crowdfunding exemption, disclosure requirements for issuers, and certain investor protections.

    Regulation A+: An exemption from registration for smaller offerings of securities up to $50 million within a 12-month period, subject to eligibility, disclosure, and reporting requirements.

    Regulation D, Rule 506(b): A safe harbor under Regulation D that allows companies to raise an unlimited amount of capital without registering their securities with the SEC, provided they only solicit accredited investors and do not use general solicitation or advertising.

    Howey Test: A test derived from the Supreme Court case SEC vs. W. J. Howey Co. to determine whether a transaction qualifies as an “investment contract” and therefore would be considered a security under the Securities Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. If a token passes the Howey Test, it is subject to SEC regulations as a security.

    Framework for “Investment Contract” Analysis of Digital Assets: The SEC provided a framework to help market participants determine whether a digital asset is an investment contract and therefore a security.

    Registration Exemptions: There are several exemptions from registration that may apply to security tokens, such as those provided by Regulation D (including Rule 506(c) for general solicitation to accredited investors), Regulation S (for offerings outside the U.S.), and Regulation A (for limited public offerings).

    SEC Enforcement Actions: The SEC has taken enforcement actions against issuers of digital assets, including security tokens, that were not in compliance with securities laws.

    Investor Protection Concerns: The SEC has expressed concerns about investor protection in the context of digital assets and security tokens, particularly regarding the potential for fraud and manipulation.

    These rules and restrictions are part of a complex regulatory framework that aims to protect investors and ensure fair and orderly markets. Companies and individuals looking to issue, trade, or invest in security tokens must navigate this framework carefully to ensure compliance.

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Previously we’ve asked the AI:

“How can smart contracts encode compliance rules or regulations into digital assets and tokenized securities?”

What investor protection measures are suggested when dealing with security tokens or other digital assets?

How would you evaluate the developments we have seen globally in the asset tokenization space during the second half of 2023?

“In the second half of 2023, Hamilton Lane started tokenizing private funds on ADDX. Can you tell a bit about Hamilton Lane and explain how and why they did that? What are the main regulatory challenges of doing what Hamilton Lane is doing?”

“Can you briefly explain what the German Electronic Securities Act (Gesetz über elektronische Wertpapiere, eWpG) is all about?”

“Can you make a list of the most important Hong Kong laws regarding virtual assets?”

“I want to tokenize an asset in the US, but I am unsure of whether I need to make a prospectus and whether I am allowed to sell to retail investors and to investors outside the US. Can you provide me with a quick overview of the rules and the exemptions? I have heard that some of these exemptions have names like A, D and R, is that correct?”

“Can you please make a quick comparison of the asset tokenization regulations in Malaysia and Thailand?”

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