Newly launched paperwork referring to Telegram’s 2018 ICO have revealed some big-name backers, together with Russian oil tycoon Roman Abramovich and former Minister of Open Government Affairs Mikhail Abyzov.
The publication of the paperwork highlighting a number of the big-money backers in Telegram’s deliberate blockchain, Telegram Open Network (TON), is simply the most recent improvement within the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) case in opposition to the agency, which claims the messaging app violated securities legal guidelines by failing to register its 2018 token sale. The names and the quantity that they invested have been listed in an skilled report by Stephen McKeon, a University of Oregon professor who was employed by Telegram to put in writing an evaluation on the blockchain mission.
Russian oil billionaire Roman Abramovich, who’s finest often known as the proprietor of Premier League outfit Chelsea FC, invested US$10 million in Telegram throughout the second spherical of fundraising. He made the funding by way of a British Virgin Islands-based fund known as Norma Investments Limited.
Another British Virgin Islands-based fund, Batios Holdings Limited, of which Mikhail Abyzov is a director, additionally invested within the Telegram ICO. Abyzov is presently incarcerated after Russian legislation enforcement introduced an embezzlement case in opposition to him in 2018 after his place at Batios was uncovered, thus ending his political profession. Jan Marsalek, Chief Operating Officer at German funds agency Wirecard, additionally invested US$7 million within the second spherical of the TON token sale.
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Telegram met with the SEC in courtroom on February 19 after months of again and forth between the 2 events. In that assembly, the presiding choose urged each events to think about the “economic realities” of the US$1.7 billion token sale and pledged to make a ruling on the case by April 30—the deadline for the launch of TON as agreed upon by buyers again in October. Until then, Telegram is free to proceed creating TON.
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