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It is hard to follow the news these days without hearing talk of cryptocurrencies and the ever-increasing regulatory focus on virtual markets. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s new Cyber Unit, for one, has made violations involving distributed ledger technology and initial coin offerings (ICO) a top priority. An ICO is used to raise funds for a venture in exchange for a digital asset called a “token” or “coin.” The SEC has already targeted various ICO issuers for investigation or enforcement action, including PlexCorps, a Quebec company charged with its principals in the Cyber Unit’s first enforcement action this past December. (The defendants also have been subject to legal action by Quebec authorities.)

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