A serious investor in Telegram’s TON ICO is reportedly looking for compensation for the failure to efficiently launch the platform, in a transfer that would open the floodgates to related motion from different buyers.
Da Vinci Capital, one of many principal backers of the unique preliminary coin providing (ICO), despatched a letter earlier than declare to the CEO of Telegram, Pavel Durov, suggesting the fund would increase authorized motion in opposition to Telegram and TON Inc. over the undertaking.
Based on sources near the matter, Da Vinci has demanded compensation working to $100 million, Forbes Russia reported. Different experiences have recommended the quantity could also be nearer to $20 million. In both case, Telegram has reportedly been given two weeks to pay, or face courtroom motion in London.
Telegram’s TON undertaking and its Gram tokens were shuttered in May 2020 following a prolonged battle with the U.S. Securities and Change Fee (SEC), over alleged breaches of securities legal guidelines.
In June 2020, a courtroom then dominated that Telegram needed to return some $1.2 billion of the cash raised from its ICO, with Telegram responsible for a 72% compensation now, or 110% refund within the subsequent 12 months. A majority of buyers since opted for the 72% refund up entrance, although it stays unclear what number of are nonetheless ready for the 110%.
On the finish of 2020, Durov outlined a brand new monetization technique for Telegram, saying the agency remained on observe to succeed in billions of customers worldwide. Whereas denying the corporate was actively looking for extra finance, Durov famous that it had acquired a lot of mortgage affords to offer monetary help.
“Taking a mortgage is among the doable methods for Telegram to stay absolutely unbiased and true to its values whereas executing the monetization technique I outlined in December.”
Right now I outlined the monetization technique of Telegram. It should permit us to stay unbiased and keep true to our values for many years to come back – https://t.co/58h4PXxman
— Pavel Durov (@durov) December 23, 2020
There have additionally been media experiences suggesting Telegram may very well be a personal bonds situation of round $1 billion, which may assist plug the monetary hole within the short-term.
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