...The case should serve as a reminder that investors as well as money managers serving as stewards of their clients' financial resources (not to mention their own reputations) need to take reasonable steps to undertake due diligence when researching the viability of an investment...
"There's a lot of short-term trepidation based on regulatory uncertainty based on the SEC, with what the European Union is doing, and what various Asian regulators are doing," said John Lore, managing partner at Capital Fund Law Group.
Lore's firm advises hedge funds and private equity groups in the crypto-space. He said he's seeing an "unprecedented" number of new fund starts continuing from February.
"I think the sell-off this year has more to do with short term concern than any long-term general distaste for the asset," Lore said.
The SEC’s desire to interview cryptocurrency hedge funds, the only asset managers currently operating in the space, seems a logical next step in the development of the digital asset regulatory framework. The probe also underscores the fact that the SEC takes the crypto hedge fund space very seriously and will continue to keep a close eye on it moving forward.
“According to John S. Lore, Esq., owner of Capital Fund Law Group, PC, ‘When selecting service providers, including an attorney, administrator, and auditor, the management should consider the professional background of each provider. The level of quality of the service providers says much about the quality of the corporation’s management and business plan. Before smart people will invest in or purchase anything they seek signs of competence and stability from all tiers of the organization.”
“An accredited investor is an investor that meets the income or net worth tests established by the SEC,’ says John Lore, managing partner of Capital Fund Law Group. ‘For individuals, the investor must have a net worth or joint net worth with his or her spouse exceeding one million dollars or meet a $200,000 per year annual income threshold ($300,000 if combined with spouse).”