Jones Day Representing First Ever Receiver in an ICO Enforcement Action

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 17:14

Upon the recommendation of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas has appointed Jones Day partner Mark Rasmussen as receiver to manage the assets of a firm facing alleged securities laws violations related to an Initial Coin Offering (ICO); Jones Day will serve as counsel to the receiver. This represents the first time the agency has sought the appointment of a receiver in an enforcement action against the promoters of an ICO.

On January 25, 2018, the SEC filed a lawsuit against AriseBank, Jared Rice Sr., and Stanley Ford, alleging multiple violations of the securities laws. It also obtained an order from the Court, freezing all assets of the defendants. AriseBank claims to be a decentralized bank that has been raising funds for its ICO.

As part of the SEC’s lawsuit, the Court appointed Mr. Rasmussen as receiver over AriseBank and its affiliates. The responsibilities of the receiver include assuming control of, marshaling, pursuing, and preserving the receivership assets. Mr. Rasmussen is a partner in Jones Day’s Business & Tort Litigation Practice and based in the Firm’s Dallas Office.

Mr. Rasmussen is acting as a court-appointed, neutral third party responsible for overseeing the assets of AriseBank and its affiliates. Neither he nor Jones Day represent either the SEC or the defendants in this case. More information about this matter is available at Investors seeking additional information can contact the receiver at

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