The Law and Finance of Initial Coin Offerings

Posted by Aurelio Gurrea Martinez (Ibero-American Institute for Law and Finance) and Nydia Remolina (Javerina University), on Saturday, June 16, 2018 Editor's Note: Aurelio Gurrea Martínez is a Fellow of the Program on Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School and Executive Director of the Ibero-American Institute for Law and Finance; Nydia Remolina is Senior Advisor for Innovation, Regulation and Digital Transformation at Grupo Bancolombia and Lecturer in International Financial Regulation at Javerina University. This post is based on their recent paper. The rise of new technologies is changing the way companies raise funds. Along with the increase of crowdfunding in recent years, the use of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) has emerged more recently as a new form to raise capital. Companies in the United States raised more than $4 billion in 2017 and over $6.3 billion were raised through ICOs in the first three months of 2018. In a typical ICO, a company…

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