SEC Requests UK’s Intervention to Power Telegram’s Former Advisor to Testify
The USA Securities and Change Fee (SEC) requested the Excessive Courtroom of England and Wales to drive Telegram’s former chief funding advisor John Hyman to testify within the case over the agency’s Grams tokens providing.
Trade information outlet Coindesk reported on Dec. 7 that the SEC’s request was revealed by paperwork filed by the regulator with the U.S. District Courtroom for the Southern District of New York yesterday.
Safety or not?
As Cointelegraph beforehand reported, the SEC is satisfied that Telegram’s Grams tokens are unregistered securities. In accordance with the regulator, Telegram claimed that its Grams Buy Agreements however didn’t declare the identical concerning the precise tokens. Moreover, “in any occasion, the exemption from registration underneath Regulation D just isn’t accessible to Telegram.”
Per the submitting, the SEC is seeking to acquire Hyman’s testimony due to his involvement in Telegram’s fundraising efforts. He reportedly communicated with “over a dozen” buyers of the agency’s Telegram Open Community (TON). In accordance with the paperwork, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov outlined him in January final yr as the one who “runs the distribution of Grams.”
The U.S. regulator requested the U.Ok.’s authorities to subject a Letter of Request for Hyman’s deposition, given that he’s a United Kingdom’s citizen and resides there. In accordance with the submitting, the SEC legal professional beforehand contacted Hyman’s counsel and Hyman agreed to seem for a voluntary deposition.
Nonetheless, later Hyman’s counsel allegedly “refused to return a number of cellphone calls and emails relating to Mr. Hyman’s deposition.” Apart from his testimony, the SEC can be seeking to acquire copies of Hyman’s written communications with Telegram’s management and buyers, paperwork about his employment at Telegram and his personal funding in grams.
As Cointelegraph reported on the finish of November, a United States federal decide has preserved the SEC’s transfer to strike Telegram’s defence “for vagueness/lack of discover.”
Jared Leto invested in Telegram’s TON?
The paperwork additionally include e mail exchanges between Durov and potential Grams token patrons. Apparently, this contains communications with Kleiner Perkins’ associate Mamoon Hamid, who was launched to Durov by an individual named Jared Leto.
Whereas it’s unclear whether or not the individual is the favored singer and actor himself, he used an e mail handle hosted on the celeb’s official area jaredleto.com.