SEC Suspends Trading In Crypto Company Which Soared To $11 Billion Amid Bitcoin Mania
Following last night’s chaotic appearance of LongFin CEO on CNBC’s FastMoney, it appears The SEC has finally had enough of the unusually explosive price gains of previously tranquil publicly-traded companies adding the word ‘blockchain’ to their names (or mission statements). In what we suspect will be the first of many, The SEC has suspended trading of shares in “The Crypto Company” – a name we’re familiar with – due to “potentially manipulative transactions in the company’s stock.”
The Securities and Exchange Commission cites concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information about compensation paid for promotion of the company, and statements in Commission filings about the plans of the company’s insiders to sell their shares of The Crypto Company’s common stock.
As Bloomberg reports, through Monday, Crypto’s market value had surged to more $11.9 billion. The company invests in digital assets, and is developing source code for managing them, according to its regulatory filings.
James Gilbert, the company’s president, held a stake valued at nearly $4.2 billion based on Monday’s closing price.
The SEC said its concerns include the compensation paid for promotion of Crypto and statements made in regulatory filings about plans for insiders to sell their shares.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) announced the temporary suspension, pursuant to Section 12(k) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), of trading in the securities of The Crypto Company (“CRCW”), of Malibu, California at 9:30 a.m. EST on December 19, 2017, and terminating at 11:59 p.m. EST on January 3, 2018.
The Commission temporarily suspended trading in the securities of The Crypto Company because of concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace about, among other things, the compensation paid for promotion of the company, and statements in Commission filings about the plans of the company’s insiders to sell their shares of The Crypto Company’s common stock. Questions have also arisen concerning potentially manipulative transactions in the company’s stock in November 2017. This order was entered pursuant to Section 12(k) of the Exchange Act.
The Commission cautions broker-dealers, shareholders, and prospective purchasers that they should carefully consider the foregoing information along with all other currently available information and any information subsequently issued by the company.
Further, brokers and dealers should be alert to the fact that, pursuant to Rule 15c2-11 under the Exchange Act, at the termination of the trading suspension, no quotation may be entered unless and until they have strictly complied with all of the provisions of the rule. If any broker or dealer has any questions as to whether or not he has complied with the rule, he should not enter any quotation but immediately contact the staff in the Division of Trading and Markets, Office of Interpretation and Guidance, at (202) 551-5777. If any broker or dealer is uncertain as to what is required by Rule 15c2-11, he should refrain from entering quotations relating to The Crypto Company’s securities until such time as he has familiarized himself with the rule and is certain that all of its provisions have been met.
If any broker or dealer enters any quotation which is in violation of the rule, the Commission will consider the need for prompt enforcement action. If any broker-dealer or other person has any information which may relate to this matter, contact Katharine Zoladz, Assistant Regional Director, Los Angeles Regional Office, at (323) 965-3998 or Roberto A. Tercero, Senior Counsel, Los Angeles Regional Office, at (323) 965-3891. The Commission appreciates the assistance of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and OTC Markets Group, Inc.
When it was halted, The Crypto Company had a market cap of around $11 Billion…
Bitcoin trading algos were a little shocked by the misleading headline from Bloomberg: SEC: TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF TRADING OF CRYPTO SECURITIES
But we clarified…
No, the SEC isn’t banning trading in bitcoin and cryptos. a) it can’t. b) Crypto Company is just that, a company https://t.co/ssQ1t7w1SN
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) December 19, 2017