Kik Kicks Back at SEC in Final Judgement


Shortly after the court docket granted the US Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) movement for abstract judgment, holding that, undisputed information within the case established that Kik Interactive, Inc. (“Kik”)’s sale of Kin constituted an unregistered providing of securities that didn’t qualify for any type of exemption from registration, a ultimate judgement was reached.

On October 20, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a ultimate judgment on consent in opposition to Kik Interactive, Inc. (“Kik”) within the civil enforcement motion introduced by the Securities and Exchange Commission in reference to Kik’s unregistered providing of its Kin tokens.  The judgement was that undisputed information within the case established that Kik’s gross sales of Kin constituted an unregistered providing of securities that didn’t qualify for any exemption from registration.

But, the day after the ultimate judgment was entered in opposition to Kik, the Kin Foundation introduced that each itself and the token survived the battle with SEC and that the SEC stating:

“…has not asked to register Kin as a security, and didn’t impose trading restrictions on it.”

Anthony Tu-Sekine, head of Seward & Kissel LLP’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency group, and Philip Moustakis, counsel at Seward & Kissel LLP and former member of the SEC’s Cyber Unit from its inception, have been following this matter intently and level out that:

“The whole point of the Commission’s enforcement action, which it won, was that Kin could not be traded unless it was registered with the Commission or exempt from registration, which it was not.”

They additionally notice that:

“The notice provision in the judgment also is interesting. On the one hand, it could be helpful to Kik, providing a safe avenue of sorts for the use, further distribution, or exchange listing of Kin. At some future date, Kik could give notice of its intention to transact in Kin or list it on an exchange, and if the Commission staff does not object, Kin could go about its business under the aegis of the regulator’s non-objection.”

The judgment completely enjoins Kik from violating §§ 5(a) and 5(c) of the Securities Act of 1933 and requires Kik to pay a civil penalty within the quantity of $5 million.

The ultimate judgment additional requires Kik, for a interval of three years, to offer discover to the Commission earlier than it “participates, directly or indirectly, in an issuance, offer, sale, or transfer” of Kin or any “new cryptocurrency, digital coin, digital token, or similar digital asset issued or transferred using distributed ledger technology.”

Slam Dunk for the SEC? Not according to Kik.

The day after the ultimate judgment was entered in opposition to Kik, the Kin Foundation introduced by way of a weblog publish entitled, A New Chapter Begins within the Life of Kin and the Kin Foundation stating that that the fog of uncertainty round Kik and Kin had dissipated, noting the SEC didn’t ask to register Kin as a safety and didn’t impose buying and selling restrictions on it.

The fascinating angle that whereas the entire level of the Commission’s enforcement motion, which it received, was that Kin couldn’t be traded except it was registered with the Commission or exempt from registration, which it by no means was.

The weblog publish continued: 

“The judge’s ruling in the case and the terms of the settlement make it clear that the Kin cryptocurrency is not in violation of any securities law and should be free to trade on exchanges.”

Kin sees the result may present optimistic facets for the Foundation:

  • Its reserves that fund the Kin Rewards Engine (KRE) are intact and deep, and it’ll proceed to make use of them to develop and reward its ecosystem gamers according to the financial exercise and worth generated.
  • It is on observe to rent an Executive Director in November. This particular person will likely be a full-time senior particular person who will likely be totally centered on harnessing the decentralized ecosystem round Kin, whereas growing Kin’s model consciousness and worth out there.
  • The migration to Solana is continuing on schedule. New and current apps will be capable to swap SDKs in early December, and there’s additionally a plan for migrating older Kin token customers to Solana-based Kin.
  • Its on-line group is robust and supportive, demonstrated by the rising variety of companies construct by impartial entrepreneurs
  • Increased person generated demand for Kin, at 108% development month to month.
  • An up to date web site to be unveiled in early November.
  • An open path for getting listed on new exchanges that couldn’t checklist us beforehand.

The Kin Foundation stated they’re humbled by the continued assist it has obtained over the previous couple of inauspicious years, and we’re trying ahead to a brighter future as we focus together with all of our companions and customers on additional innovation and ecosystem improvement.



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