Demystifying Token Sale Agreements: Exploring Delivery Dates and Lock-Up Periods

Out 12, 2023

Let’s demystify Token Sale Agreements?

In the fast-evolving world of web3 and crypto, launching your own token project can be an exhilarating venture. However, amid the excitement, there are critical legal considerations that can often be overlooked. One such consideration that’s increasingly gaining attention is the Token Sales Agreements – a document that lays the foundation for your token sale and, ultimately, the success of your project.

We understand that crafting a Token Sale Agreement can be a daunting task. Our recent experience highlighted a particular pain point that many project founders face – the intricacies of setting delivery dates for Network Tokens and establishing lock-up periods.


The Delivery Date Dilemma

Imagine this scenario: You’ve meticulously planned your token launch. You want to reward early believers in your project with a special token price, but you’re concerned about the possibility of bots snapping up these tokens and selling them for a quick profit once your project goes public. How do you protect your project’s integrity in such a situation?

Enter the “Delivery Date.” This is like an insurance policy for your project. Instead of delivering Network Tokens immediately to early investors, you set a specific date – often tied to the completion of the public sale or Token Generation Event (TGE) – when they receive their tokens. This delay safeguards against opportunistic traders who might exploit price differentials.

This mechanism ensures that your project’s supporters are truly aligned with its long-term success. It fosters a sense of community and loyalty among early investors, as they can’t quickly flip their tokens for a profit. It’s not just a legal safeguard; it’s a strategic move to cultivate a strong and committed user base.


Lock-Up Periods: Safeguarding Your Project’s Future

But what about after the tokens are delivered? This is where “Lock-Up Periods” come into play. They serve as a powerful tool to protect your project’s integrity in the long run.

A Lock-Up Period means that purchasers of your Network Tokens can’t transfer or sell them for a predetermined duration after the tokens are delivered. In essence, it locks the tokens away, ensuring that early investors remain engaged with your project, aligned with its goals, and incentivized to contribute positively.

For example, let’s say you opt for a 12-month Lock-Up Period with linear vesting over 6 months. This means that after the initial delivery, purchasers can only sell or transfer a portion of their tokens every month for the next 6 months. This approach not only discourages short-term speculation but also encourages token holders to become active participants in your project’s growth.


In Conclusion – The Importance of Token Sales Agreements

Token Sale Agreements are pivotal documents that can shape the success of your web3 project. Addressing specific pain points, such as delivery dates and lock-up periods, is crucial to building a robust and sustainable ecosystem around your token.



It’s not just about legal compliance; it’s about strategically aligning your project’s early supporters with your long-term vision. By doing so, you’re not only protecting your project’s integrity but also fostering a community of dedicated believers who are invested in its success.


If you’re considering this, get in touch with us. Let’s talk about it.

Diogo Mendes Peixoto

Lawyer | Corporate, Contract management, IP & Innovation Lead @ NOVA Legal


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