Blockchain, Crowdfunding and U.S. Securities Law Experts Join Forces to Assist Companies with SEC Compliant Initial Coin Offerings

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 With the recent legal action taken by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and other state and federal regulators against multiple companies related to potentially illegal Initial Coin Offerings, the need for expertise and assistance in conducting a legal and compliant ICO has risen dramatically. As a result, blockchain business expert Ian Scarffe, crowdfunding industry expert and pioneer Ruth E. Hedges and U.S. securities lawyer and ICO counsel Kendall Almerico have joined forces to offer guidance to companies holding an ICO for U.S. investors.

For companies who wish to pursue a legal and compliant blockchain-related business and raise funds through an Initial Coin Offering in the U.S., Ian Scarffe, a leading expert in the Bitcoin, blockchain and crypto industries, will provide services related to the proper implementation of blockchain technology into their business model, and additional guidance into the proper structure of a complaint coin or token offering. Hedges, who is one of the world’s foremost authorities on crowdfunding marketing and one of the original pioneers of the equity crowdfunding legislation in the JOBS Act, will provide guidance in the structure, marketing and crowdfunding outreach portions of each Initial Coin Offering. Almerico, well-known as one of the top equity crowdfunding and JOBS Act attorneys in the United States, will provide clients with legal guidance as to the structure and marketing of each offering in a transparent and legally Initial Coin Offering compliant manner.

"We want to welcome high-quality companies, rule out any fraudulent activities and protect the welfare of the main street investors," noted Scarffe.

“Because of the large number of scams and failures that have become pervasive in the ICO marketplace, we are glad to see the SEC and other regulators stepping in and going after those companies that break the rules,” said Hedges. “We are here to make sure issuers do it right and to protect new investors.”

Almerico added, “For those quality companies that want to conduct an ICO and follow the law, we are here to provide guidance and to steer them away from the landmines that await them.”

For more information on the services provided by Scarffe, Hedges and Almerico, visit and contact Ruth E. Hedges at 702-900-1270 or

About Kendall Almerico: Kendall Almerico was named “one of the top crowdfunding and JOBS Act attorneys in the country” by Forbes. Venture Beat named Kendall as the top practicing attorney on their list of the most influential thought leaders on crowdfunding in the world. Inc. magazine named Kendall to its list of “Top 19 Crowdfunding Experts Startups Need to Know.” Onalytica ranked Kendall #1 on its 2016 list of the Top 100 crowdfunding influencers in the world. Huffington Post called Kendall “One of the country’s leading experts on equity crowdfunding.” Kendall and his crowdfunding websites have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Washington Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, the New York Daily News, Business Insider, Christian Science Monitor, Fox Business Network, Yahoo News and hundreds of newspaper, blog, radio and television interviews including CNN, CNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, CCTV and Bloomberg TV. Kendall is also CEO of Bankroll Ventures, who owns and operates BankRoll, an equity crowdfunding web site focused on Regulation A+ equity crowdfunding and 506(c) and 506(b) private placements. Mr. Almerico was a regular crowdfunding columnist for and is a highly sought after international keynote speaker. Mr. Almerico practices law with the law firms of Almerico Law in Florida and Washington DC and DiMuroGinsberg in Alexandria, VA.

About Ruth Hedges:

Ruth E. Hedges is the founder of which owns and operates Forbes affectionately called Hedges the "Queen of Crowdfunding" for her more than eight years helping to build the industry and educating thousands of people from more than 25 countries at her premier convention. Ruth is one of the world’s foremost authorities on crowdfunding and one of the original pioneers of the legislation that was ultimately signed into law as the crowdfunding bill in the JOBS Act on April 5, 2012. She was honored with an invitation to the White House for its Crowdfunding Champions of Change event and to Capitol Hill to showcase her technology to members of congress and the World Bank. As an industry expert, Hedges has been interviewed or quoted in more than 65 major publications. She was the recipient of the "Advancing Diversity Honors" award at CES 2018 for her work with Microsoft and the recipient of the "High Tech Woman Of The Year" award by the Las Vegas community tech fund.

About Ian Scarffe:

Ian Scarffe is a serial entrepreneur, investor and consultant with business experience from around the world. As a leading entrepreneur, Ian is on a personal mission to develop a culture of entrepreneurship, helping startups achieve their full potential as well as helping to expand existing companies.  Ian has founded ‘Binkplus’, a startup incubator in Europe. A leading expert in Bitcoin, Blockchain and Crypto industries, Ian is at the very heart of revolutionizing the financing industry across the globe and currently consults and advises for a range of multi-million dollar companies. Ian’s overall mission is to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities across the world. Ian now focuses on the Blockchain industry and offers advice, consulting services, connections to Blockchain experts and investor relations strategies. Ian Scarffe has outstanding entrepreneurial skills and commercial acumen with innovation and motivation. With the capacity to work at strategic levels, Ian possess exceptional interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills. A passion for customer service, wealth of knowledge and vast amounts of hands on experience in almost every role, means Ian has valuable insight into millions of customers, proving him to be a valuable asset to companies across the globe. Having been integral in many very large Blockchain Foundations within recent times, he is rated as one of the top leaders in this field. 

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