Indiegogo Facilitates Issuance of Securities Tokens
Indiegogo, a popular crowdfunding website, is allowing an Aspen-based luxury ski resort to issue and distribute securities tokens via its platform. The hotel is seeking to raise $18 million USD through the offering – which Indiegogo has claimed is fully compliant with all pertinent regulations.
Ski Resort to Distribute Securities Tokens Via Indiegogo
St Regis, a luxury ski resort in Aspen, Colorado, will distribute asset-backed digital tokens classed as securities via the crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo. The tokens will be issued by Aspen Digital – a true estate investment trust (REIT).
Co-founder and chief business officer of Indiegogo, Slava Rubin, stated: “We have been working on our blockchain offering for a while now. It really goes back to our original vision where we wanted to democratize access to capital and bring investment all kinds of people around America and the world.”
CNBC reports that the company indicated it is “working with crypto brokerage start-up Templum to offer the securities tokens, called ‘Aspen Coins’, to investors. With the first offering of its kind on the platform, investors will be able to indirectly own an equity stake in the REIT Aspen Digital, which owns the St Regis resort.”
Investors will be able to participate in the offering using USD, BTC, or ETH, and the offering will only be available to accredited investors, as per regulations set out by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
First ICO Conducted Via Indiegogo Platform Refunds Investors
In December of last year, Indiegogo launched an initial coin offering (ICO) service in partnership with Microventures – a broker-dealer registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Despite the offering reaching its goal of raising $5 million, investors into the Fan Controlled Football League (FCFL), the first company to conduct an ICO using Indiegogo’s platform, were recently distributed refunds.
Regarding the refunds, the company said that “investment[s] weren’t distributed to [FCFL]. This was done to ensure that Microventures navigated through the regulatory climate prior to finalizing the offering. While we believe the initial path taken was compliant, we have decided the best way to ensure compliance is to unwind the investment opportunity and return investor capital.”
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