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Thai SEC Found 9 Unauthorized Tokens and ICOs

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:44
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Antony Koroid
Questionable liquidity and the failure to apply for approval are the key reasons for the local regulator’s discontent
Thai SEC Found 9 Unauthorized Tokens and ICOs
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Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) named nine tokens and the initial coin offerings (ICO), which didn’t pass state approval but were promoted on Facebook and Youtube.

The message was published due to the growing interest in cryptocurrencies in Thailand.

In the blacklist

The blacklist of Thai SEC includes tokens Every, Orientum, Onecoin, OFC, Tripxchain, and TUC. The list of banned ICO projects includes G2S Expert, Singhcom Enterprise, Adventure Hostel Bangkok, and Kidstocurrency.

The regulator has warned the public of potentially high investment risks.

“Currently, no digital asset issuer has been approved and no one has filed an application for a license with the SEC. Therefore, investors are to take care when being solicited or receiving information about investments in digital assets,” stated the regulator.

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Potential risks

The Thai SEC specifically noted five key risks connected to the mentioned nine tokens and ICOs. They didn’t submit their applications, were not approved by the Commission and were not licensed by special SEC portals regulating ICOs.

They also failed to provide adequate disclosure for investors; their issuers and promoters have no license to operate. Lastly, their liquidity is questionable and the assets are difficult to convert into fiat money.

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Without approval

Earlier in August, the Thai SEC declared illegal the DB Hold Plc company, which launched investments without the approval of the Commission. The regulator ordered the company to stop issuing tokens and their promotion.

Local companies which have launched their ICO before the country’s regulations look at the Smart Plc precedent as it was allowed to continue its activity without obtaining the approval.

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The journalist with 10 years of experience in print and digital media. Last 2 years deeply immersed into the cryptocurrency & blockchain technology area.