Blockstack’s SEC Worries Are Far from Over
Blockstack recently was approved to offer its security token offering (STO) to everyday retail investors. However, there’s an indication that the crypto startup may still have an uphill battle to climb.
The process was long and tedious for Blockstack, the first-ever SEC-approved Reg A+ token offering. However, now with this approval, Blockstack could set the stage for a new wave of security token offerings approved by the SEC.
There have many other STOs which have lobbied the SEC for approval, but Blockstack is the first. This also means that they will be expected to set an example for the rest of the industry. In short, how successful Blockstack is will determine the pace of future approvals by the SEC down the line.
According to Drew Hinkes, an attorney at Carlton Fields and Athena Blockchain general counsel, Blockstack’s offering is the “missing piece of the puzzle for compliant sales of utility tokens that are also investment vehicles.”
However, Blockstack’s planned STO also carries with it significant risk. There currently does not exist a blockchain that relies on a protocol token which is classified as a security. The Blockstack experiment could push the industry to create separate blockchains specifically for security tokens, an idea which has been floating around the space for some time.
Moreover, if Blockstack fails in its implementation of its STO, then the entire industry will definitely suffer. In many ways, the SEC is using Blockstack as a pilot program to see whether other approvals are appropriate. If successful, STOs will likely accelerate as we go into 2020.
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