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Global crypto-currency crackdown sparks search for safe havens

Confronted with national regulators’ intensifying scrutiny of digital currency fund-raising, many entrepreneurs are moving businesses to locations more welcoming to crypto-currencies and known for low taxes. PHOTO | FOTOSEARCH
Confronted with national regulators’ intensifying scrutiny of digital currency fund-raising, many entrepreneurs are moving businesses to locations more welcoming to crypto-currencies and known for low taxes. PHOTO | FOTOSEARCH 

When US entrepreneur Bharath Rao looked around for the best place to raise money for his crypto-currency derivatives trading business, the United States did not make his list. Instead he chose the East African island nation Seychelles to sell the trading platform’s tokens.

Rao, a San Diego-based technology veteran who has worked for major Wall Street banks, is not alone.

Confronted with national regulators’ intensifying scrutiny of digital currency fund-raising, known as initial coin offerings, many entrepreneurs are moving businesses to locations more welcoming to crypto-currencies and known for low taxes.

Dozens of start-ups have flocked to Singapore, Switzerland, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean this year, according to interviews with entrepreneurs and company registration data made available to Reuters.

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