Many people involved in ICOs are finding places with low taxes that are welcoming to them. They have gone to places like Switzerland, parts of Europe and the Caribbean. Regulators are not reaching equally into all corners of the world.
In fact, regulators’ push to reduce coin purchases may end up increasing use in these alternative regions. The US has done a number of ICOs this year but it is not necessarily an easy sell. And many major jurisdictions consider ICOs as basically risky propositions
The entire European Union is basically operating with a strict stance. The SEC has already stated that ICOs should be regulated like securities. Selling utility tokens is a good idea, but SEC rules may evolve in such a way that even tokens will receive a good deal more scrutiny.
US issuers ought to think about selling overseas. The Seychelles is one place that people can consider. But there are others. Meanwhile digital coins have sold some 3.6 billion so far this year, up from $100 million last year.
And many millions can be raised fairly issue quickly which is something regulators are concerned about. Generally speaking government regulators from first world counties put securities ahead of cryptocurrencies. And in fact they would to some degree rather that cryptocurrencies were something they didn’t have to deal with at all.
If they can reduce cryptocurrency exposure they may do it. But cryptocurrencies will continue to grow faster and faster until regulation finally catches up to them. This is not going to happen any time soon. Cryptocurrencies will continue to be offered in out-of-the-way places and circulate worldwide.
Regulators in first-world counties may do less issuance but smaller countries will continue and expand volume. This continues to take place no matter what countries like America do.