Politics, Legal & Regulation

Precedent: Tokens as Securities Under Brazilian Law & Brazil’s Securities and Exchange Commission

Late last year, the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (Comissão de Valores Mobiliários or CVM) spoke about initial coin offerings (ICOs). At that time, the CVM published a frequently asked questions-like notice (see here). The FAQ lays down some introductory aspects on the subject, conceptually… Read More

Ireland Expects to Form Working Group on Virtual Currencies & Blockchain

Just as the UK announced a working group tackling cryptocurrencies, Ireland has announced their own similar task force. Incorporate within a report recently published by the Irish Department of Finance, the government proposed the creation of an intra-departmental Working Group on virtual currencies and blockchain technology…. Read More

OECD Secretary General Report Looks at Cryptocurrency Tax Implications: “The Era of Bank Secrecy Is Over”

In its new study, the OECD Secretary General examines cryptocurrency and its tax consequences in the two part Report to G20 Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors. Part I reports on the activities and achievements of the OECD’s tax agenda, and reviews significant achievements while looking ahead at… Read More

Here is the Enhanced Fintech Cooperation Agreement Between the UK FCA and the Australian Securities & Investment Commission

As was announced earlier today (and leaked out earlier this week) the Australian and UK governments have signed an “enhanced cooperation agreement” on Fintech innovation. Under the new agreement the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will continue to… Read More

Switzerland’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority Presentation on Initial Coin Offering Regulation

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has published a deck on initial coin offerings. FINMA has scheduled a series of roundtable meetings in collaboration with the Swiss Crypto Valley Association. The first Roundtable took place last week in Zug, Switzerland. In February, FINMA issued a… Read More

The Great Strength of the British Fintech Community: Chancellor Philip Hammond Says Britain is the Global Capital of Fintech

HM Treasury Publishes Fintech Strategy In a widely anticipated speech today during the midst of UK Fintech Week, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond told the audience Britain is the global capital of Fintech and he will do everything he can to maintain this title…. Read More

UPDATE: What the Revised SEIS / EIS Guidelines Mean for Crowdfunders?

  We recently published an article from John Auckland, from TribeFirst, about HMRC’s new SEIS / EIS guidelines. Since we released this, the crowdfunding platforms met with HMRC to discuss the potential limitations these guidelines might present for companies looking to raise money through crowdfunding, so… Read More

Russia Follows USA to Tighten Cryptocurrency Regulation

The Russian Parliament has started finalizing a draft bill on cryptocurrency and digital tokens recognising them as assets that cannot be used in exchange for goods and services. The draft aims to define the scope of the regulations of cryptocurrencies, not their prohibition, according to… Read More

G20 Acknowledges Fintech & Crypto Assets May Boost Financial Efficiency & Inclusiveness

  The Group of Twenty or G20 held a meeting this week in Buenos Aires. Participating countries include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States plus the… Read More

Behave Yourself! Global Digital Finance Simon Taylor Develops Cryptoassets Code Conduct, Enlists OECD’s Expertise

Step in line, crypto platforms. Global Digital Finance (GDF) has launched to drive a code of conduct for cryptoassets. Non-profit GDF has convened key stakeholders to develop a global code of conduct and a taxonomy for cryptoassets, comprised of global distributed ledger and cryptoasset space… Read More

Israel Interim Report on Cryptocurrency: Not Considered to be Securities

The Israel Securities Authority (ISA) has published their interim report on cryptocurrencies. The document was present to Chairman of the ISA, Anat Gueta, yesterday. The document is a product of an inter-departmental Committee that was established last August to research cryptocurrencies. The report includes a… Read More

SEC Alleges Manipulated Trading in HD View 360 Shares, Names CEO and UK Broker Dealer in Fraud Allegations, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Pursues Criminal Prosecution

HD View 360 Inc (OTC:HDVW), another company that issued a press-release mentioning Blockchain only to see trading in their shares suspended, has been hit with an enforcement action by the Securities and Exchange Commission along with a related criminal prosecution. The SEC first issued an… Read More

President Trump Signs Executive Order to Ban Venezuela’s Petro Cryptocurrency

Less than two months after Venezuela issued a white paper on its proposed cryptocurrency, Petro, President Trump has signed an executive order that bans the controversial cryptocurrency. As previously reported, Petro’s background dates back to “proposals for global financial and monetary coordination prior to the hegemony… Read More

No Surprise: SEC Enforcement Division Co-Director Stephanie Avakian Says Dozens of Investigations Ongoing in Cryptocurrency Space

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) first launched investigations into initial coin offerings (ICOs) and the gatekeepers that have been facilitating these offerings several months back. The news of these investigations was first published by Crowdfund Insider in late February. Chatter regarding investigations had been building… Read More

Christopher Woolard, FCA Director of Competition: Regulators Must Work Together to Foster Fintech Innovation

Christopher Woolard, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority  Executive Director of Strategy and Competition, delivered a keynote speech today at the Innovate Finance Global Summit. Woolard is the defender and champion of the vital competition mandate that has made the FCA a successful financial regulator.  Woolard… Read More

Financial Stability Board: Crypto-Assets Do Not Pose Risks to Global Financial Stability at this Time

The Financial Stability Board (FSB), the international body that monitors and makes recommendations about the global financial system, has published its assessment of risk in advance of the upcoming G20 meeting which will take place in Buenos Aires today and tomorrow. The FSB is chaired by… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network Voices Support for European Wide Regulatory Framework for Crowdfunding

The European Commission recently revealed its plan to support Fintech Innovation across Europe – a vital aspect of the EU economy. Included within the plan, was a statement and outline of improving the environment for pan-European crowdfunding. In many ways, investment crowdfunding is core to the… Read More

What are Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain? 2018 Joint Economic Report from Congress Explains

Last week, the 2018 Joint Economic Report from the House Representatives was published. The 334 page document attempts to encapsluate the current state of the economy while addressing challenges and policy issues. The Congressional report outlines an improving economy that is creating jobs while economic… Read More

Liquid M Capital Tells House Committee: We Believe it is Critical for Regulators to Foster the Value of Innovation in Fintech Without Stifling it Through Unclear Regulations

Last week, during a meeting of the House Financial Services Committee, subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment, Members of the Committee peppered cryptocurrency / initial coin offering experts with questions regarding the emerging method of online capital formation. While the overall tenor of the discussion… Read More

France Poised to Become the European Center for Initial Coin Offerings?

While several countries have sought to stomp out crypto-innovation, and others have tried to accomplish rule making by enforcement action, France appears to be ready to embrace the cryptocurrency revolution. According to a report in Les Echos, the most prominent business publication in France, legislators… Read More