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Telegram Pushes Deadline for TON Launch, Wants to Make Deal with Investors

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 05:45
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Alex Dovbnya
Telegram states that investors can get their money back if they do not want to extend the deadline (well, most of it)
Telegram Pushes Deadline for TON Launch, Wants to Make Deal with Investors
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Messaging giant Telegram has sent an email to its second-round investors where it states that the much-anticipated launch of the TON Blockchain will be postponed to Apr. 30, 2020. 

The email, which was obtained by U.Today, also states that investors are supposed to sign a deal until Oct. 23 in order to approve this extension.    

If investors agree to extend the deadline, the Pavel Durov-lead company will be spending $80 mln before Apr. 30. However, if the majority of purchasers decide to jump ship, Telegram will be obliged to return 77 percent of their money. 

"If the relevant number of Stage A purchasers do not approve the extension and your purchase agreement terminates on 31 October 2019, we expect you to receive a Termination Amount under your purchase agreement of approximately 77% of your Purchase Amount."  

Those investors who took part in the first funding round also have to green-light the proposed extension but they will have to do it separately from the second group.    

Telegram conducted one of the biggest initial coin offerings at the beginning of 2018, raising a staggering $1.7 bln during two funding rounds. Its TON network was supposed to go live on Oct. 31, but the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) slapped it with a lawsuit for conducting an unregistered ICO right on the verge of the big launch. 

In the aforementioned letter, Telegram states that it "disagrees" with the regulator's stance while promising to "vigorously defend" the lawsuit.

As reported by U.Today, the court hearing in the TON case is expected to take place on Oct. 24.    

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at