Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

Gibraltar Updates DLT Regulation to “Capture a Natural Evolution” of Digital Assets

The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) reports that it is updating its regulatory approach pertaining to Distributed Ledger Technology Providers (DLT). Gibraltar describes the update as a “natural evolution of the defined regulatory principles.” Gibraltar was quick to embrace digital assets – both securities and cryptocurrencies…. Read More

Open Banking focused Firm Yapily and API Standards-based Platform, Ozone API, to Help Fintech Service Providers with Accessing Financial Data

Open Banking focused firm Yapily has teamed up with Ozone API, an API standards-based platform, in order to enable banks and other financial service provider to speed up their adoption of Open Banking processes and systems. The COVID-19 outbreak has led to several changes in… Read More

Digital Asset Exchange Kraken Gets Bank Charter in Wyoming

The state of Wyoming has approved its first Special Purpose Depository Institution (SPDI) by approving Kraken Financial – part of the well known digital asset exchange. Tentatively called Kraken Financial and based in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the new bank claims the title as the “first digital… Read More

Securrency Books Event on Digital Asset Revolution with Top Policymakers

Securrency, a digital asset infrastructure company, has partnered with the Chamber of Digital Commerce to schedule a very interesting virtual event. The webinar entitled ‘Two Sides of the American Coin” will feature several of the top regulators in the US tackling the topic of the… Read More

New Report Says Reg CF is a Success, Highlights Funding by Congressional District: Creates Policy Opportunity for COVID Recovery

A new report pertaining to Reg CF (Regulation Crowdfunding) says the Jumpstart Our Businesses Startup Act (JOBS Act) securities exemption is creating economic success for small business owners in need of growth capital. The report outlines Reg CF utilization by Congressional District – highlighting the… Read More

DAPI, a MENA Region Service for leveraging Open Banking to Enhance Payments via Fintech Apps, Writes Open Letter to UAE’s Bankers

The team at DAPI, the first financial API in the MENA region that allows financial technology apps to leverage Open Banking by facilitating digital payments and accessing real-time banking data, have written an open letter to the UAE Bank Federation Advisory Council. The letter, which… Read More

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Comes to the Defense of Unikrn and ICO Settlement

Earlier today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a settlement with Unikrn, a digital asset issuer that was deemed to have transgressed securities law in the offering of an unregistered security via an initial coin offering (ICO). Unikrn agreed to pay a $6.1 million… Read More

Unikrn Tokens are “Retired” as Company Settles with SEC Regarding Initial Coin Offering

Unikrn, a token issuer that attempted to remain compliant while issuing digital assets, has settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding allegations of an unregistered initial coin offering (ICO) of digital securities. Unikrn is an eSports and gaming platform launched in 2014. According… Read More

European Draft Regulation of Crypto-Assets Seeks Innovation Friendly Approach as Usage of Blockchain in Financial Services Grows

Draft regulation crafted by the European Commission that pertains to crypto-assets (digital assets) and blockchain tech in financial services has surfaced on the web. Final legislation has been anticipated at some point this month as European policymakers seek to foster an “innovation-friendly” approach that assures… Read More

FATF Releases Updated Virtual Assets Red Flag Indicators of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Report

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental organization that develops policies to combat money laundering and terrorism financing, has released an updated report, titled, Virtual Assets Red Flag Indicators of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. Published on September 14, 2020, the report notes that… Read More

CFTC Charges Four Individuals with Fraud Pertaining to Digital Assets

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed charges against four individuals pertaining to “fraudulently soliciting funds from customers to speculate in Bitcoin price movements.” Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the CFTC alleges that Texas residents Mayco Alexis Maldonado… Read More

Over 90% of Actual Cryptocurrency related Transactions within a Financial Institution Might Not Even be Detected: Report

Current Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) regulations state that it’s the responsibility of all financial service providers to accurately and promptly identify and report any suspicious or potentially fraudulent activity. This activity may be related to how criminals or bad actors exploit convertible virtual currencies… Read More

Digital Assets: Germany, France, Other Nations Ask European Commission to Draft Strict Policies for Stablecoins

Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands recently asked the European Commission (EC) to draft strict regulatory policies for stablecoins, which are digital assets that are supposed to be backed or pegged 1-to-1 with major fiat currencies like the US dollar or the British pound… Read More

Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance Launched by Blockstream, Square Crypto to Support Bitcoin (BTC) Development

Blockstream, a company focused on developing various products to support Bitcoin (BTC) adoption, claims that the flagship cryptocurrency is “under threat” from a body of patents being collected by firms operating inside and outside of the digital asset sector. Blockstream argues that if some of… Read More

Eurozone: EC Vice President Dombrovskis Talks Digital Assets – “We Want to Regulate Innovation In”

In a speech delivered to the ECOFIN press conference in Berlin today, European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis commented on crypto-assets and stablecoins. It is anticipated that later this month and update will be be presented pertaining to the EU Digital Finance Strategy and… Read More

Dr. Joshua Ellul, the Chairman of Malta Digital Innovation Authority, Expresses Concerns About Crypto Regulations

Dr. Joshua Ellul, the Chairman of Malta Digital Innovation Authority and Director of Centre for DLTs, University of Malta, has published an open letter to European Union (EU) regulators focused on cryptocurrencies. The letter is also meant to inform relevant policy advisors and makers in… Read More

SEC Charges Film Producer Ryan Felton, Rapper/Actor Clifford Harris and Others for Participation in ICO Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has leveled charges pertaining to fraudulent initial coin offerings (ICO) against film producer Ryan S. Felton, rapper and actor Clifford Harris, Jr., or “T.I. or Tip,” and three others who apparently promoted one of Felton’s two unregistered and ICOs…. Read More

SEC Asset Management Advisory Committee Posts Agenda for Meeting, Includes Discussion on Private Market Returns

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has posted the agenda for the upcoming Asset Management Advisory Committee (AMAC) meeting scheduled for next week. According to the SEC, the meeting will include a discussion of matters in the asset management industry relating to (1) the ESG… Read More

Trio from Boston Consulting Group Creates CBDC Tracker

Have you ever wondered which countries are working on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and where they stand in the process? Are they simply doing research or is there a pilot program in the works? Or maybe there is a digital currency live and in… Read More

Christine Lagarde, President of ECB, Says lack of Digital Payments Integration in Europe has Led to Foreign Providers taking Charge

Christine Lagarde, the President of the European Central Bank (ECB), has noted that money facilitates both transactions and relationships. According to the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chair, money may be considered “an expression of sovereignty.” Lagarde, whose comments came during the recently held Deutsche… Read More

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