An unnamed funding agency dubbed ‘Investor Z’ is one in every of nearly a dozen companies battling the U.S. Securities and Change Commision (SEC) to hold their Gram token funding methods secret.
The 11 funding companies need their proprietary analyses of the Telegram preliminary coin providing (ICO) to be redacted from the case. Investor Z argued that divulging their methods is like publicly revealing the recipe for Coca Cola.
The lengthy operating case has seen the SEC granted an injunction towards the worldwide distribution of Grams as they’ve been deemed securities beneath US regulation.
VC companies need strategic evaluation sealed
On Feb. four, Investor Z filed a movement to seal what it describes as delicate data revealing the identification of the agency, its staff, and its proprietary funding technique.
Whereas the SEC has agreed to redact “the names of sure buyers and potential buyers” from its proof in the case, the regulator is opposed to sealing analyses of the Grams providing from Investor Z and different non-party VC companies. Investor Z said:
“[The SEC] contend[s] that redacting figuring out data of the varied non-parties concerned in the communication alone is adequate to shield their privateness pursuits. The SEC is unsuitable.”
Investor Z stated it, and all the opposite funding companies which have requested for redactions “depend upon their proprietary inside decision-making processes for investments and different strategic selections.”
“Thus, […] the analyses in this doc from these non-parties is probably going their model of the ‘method for Coca Cola or McDonald’s Secret Sauce’.”
Secrets and techniques might hinder future investigations
Investor Z makes three arguments for the sealing of the disputed documentation.
Firstly, the submitting asserts that courts “routinely shield the classes of non-party proprietary data […] from public disclosure,” together with “commerce secrets and techniques and different proprietary data.”
Second, the agency asserts it “voluntarily complied with requests for data from the SEC with an expectation of confidentiality”, arguing that the privateness considerations of it and different non-parties “supersede the general public’s proper of entry to their proprietary data.”
Lastly, the agency warns that “denying the Movement may doubtlessly impair regulation enforcement by quelling the participation of non-parties in future SEC investigations.”
In February, Cointelegraph reported comparable redaction requests filed by nameless VC agency ‘Investor F.’