Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

SEC Charges the Hydrogen Technology Company, Executives for Allegations Regarding Unregistered “Sales of Crypto Asset Securities”

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SECI  has filed charges against The Hydrogen Technology Corporation, former CEO, Michael Ross Kane, and Tyler Ostern, the CEO of Moonwalkers Trading Limited, for allegations regarding the sale of unregistered “crypto asset securities” of Hydro. The SEC also alleges that… Read More

Congressman McHenry Announces Capital Formation Agenda: Rodney Sampson States SEC is Heading in Wrong Direction

Congressman Patrick McHenry, the ranking Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, has announced a “capital formation agenda.” McHenry said that Republicans want to bring the issue “back to the forefront” helping small businesses and entrepreneurs. McHenry said that capital formation is a vital to… Read More

NY AG Joins 7 Other States to Sue Digital Asset Platform Nexo

New York Attorney General Letitia James has sued Nexo, a large digital asset platform. James is joining 7 other states in pursuing the crypto firm. New Y0rk is being joined in the action by the following states: California, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Washington, and Vermont…. Read More

Alex Mashinsky, Celsius CEO, Resigns

In a brief corporate statement, Alex Mashinsky, founder and CEO of Celsius Network, has resigned from the firm, effective immediately. Celsius is one of the crypto firms that grew rapidly providing incredible returns to investors via its crypto lending/yield platform, only to collapse in the… Read More

Opinion: An Open Letter to Kwasi Kwarteng and Liz Truss

It’s Time for a Safe Pair of Hands – Before It’s Too Late The first thing that Kwasi Kwarteng did as Chancellor injected so much risk into the British economy that the investors he was seeking to attract had, quite predictably, the opposite reaction. Any… Read More

Watch: Banque de France Holds Event on the Tokenization of Finance

The Banque de France, the central bank of France, will hold an in-person event to discuss the Opportunities and Challenges of the Tokenisation of Finance, tomorrow, September 27, 2022. The event is taking place at the Musée du Louvre in Paris but it will also… Read More

The Number of FINRA Regulated Funding Portals Continues to Inch Higher

The number of FINRA-regulated Funding Portals continues to increase. These are broker-light platforms that may issue securities under Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF), a new exemption created by the JOBS Act of 2012. The Funding Portal sector received a bit of a boost last year as… Read More

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Posts Information on “Pilot Scheme on Training Subsidy for Fintech Practitioners”

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has posted details of its “Pilot Scheme on Training Subsidy for Fintech Practitioners.” Hong Kong has long been a top global financial center so the pursuit of FIntech innovation makes a lot of sense. Recently, one measure indicated that… Read More

Coinbase Obtains Regulatory Approval in the Netherlands

The team at digital asset firm Coinbase (NASDAQ:COIN) reveals that they’ve registered with the Dutch Central Bank (De Nederlandsche Bank — DNB) as a crypto service provider. This registration will “allow Coinbase to offer our full suite of retail, institutional, and ecosystem products to customers… Read More

California Crypto Legislation Vetoed by Governor Newsom

California state legislation focusing on cryptocurrency has been vetoed by Governor Gavin Newsom. The bill,  A.B. 2269, had passed the California Assembly and was presented to the Governor on September 12, 2022. The legislation was vetoed this past Friday (September 23, 2022). The Governor published… Read More

DOJ: IRS Gains Court Order to Pursue Taxpayers Who Failed to Pay Taxes on Crypto

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the tax authority of the US, has received a Court Order to be able to summons records pertaining to US taxpayers who may have failed to report and pay taxes on crypto transactions. According to the Department of Justice… Read More

Financial Stability Oversight Council , Re-Iterates that Digital Asset Report to be Published in October

The Financial Stability Oversight Council held a meeting today, and part of the discussion revolved around digital assets. In the readout, the Council noted that Treasury staff provided an update on digital assets and the report that is being prepared following the recent Executive Order on… Read More

CFTC Penalizes bZeroX and Founders, Targets Ooki DAO as “Unincorporated Association,” One Commissioner Dissents

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed and settled charges against bZeroX and founders Tom Bean and Kyle Kistner. The CFTC alleges that respondents illegally offered leveraged and margined retail commodity transactions in digital assets. The CFTC states that the activity can only be… Read More

SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Tells Commission to Make it Easier to Trade Reg A+ Securities

Several weeks back, the SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee (SBCFAC) met and discussed secondary transactions for securities issued under Regulation A (Reg A+) as well as Reg CF. Private securities must adhere to various rules for investors to sell a holding creating hurdles… Read More

House Republicans Challenge SEC’s Authority to Pursue Climate Disclosure, ESG Rules, Includes Reg CF on the List

Several House Republicans have sent a letter to SEC Chairman Gary Gensler challenging his authority to demand climate disclosure reports from firms as well as other proposed rules, including ESG ambitions and areas like SPACs. Republican members of the House, including the top Republican on… Read More

Dirty Money: UK Government Introduces Reforms to Pursue Money Laundering, Includes Crypto in the Mix

The UK government has introduced new legislation that is described as a move to counter those who abuse the UK’s open economy via money laundering or simply hiding ill-gotten gains. The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill is currently in Parliament, where it is scheduled… Read More

Former CNBC Guest Commentator Hit with Fraud Charges by SEC [u]

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a civil injunctive action against James Arthur McDonald, Jr. The SEC noted that McDonald was previously a guest commentator for CNBC – the leading financial news network. The charges were filed against McDonald and his SEC-registered investment… Read More

Robinhood Rises on Back of Chatter that Payment for Order Flow will Remain in Place

Robinhood (NASDAQ:HOOD), a social trading platform providing access to both traditional securities and crypto, is seeing a bump in its share price as chatter indicates that the practice of Payment for Order Flow – will remain in place. Robinhood promotes is a fee trading service… Read More

Bank of England Raises Rates by 50 bps, Biggest Hike in 33 Years

The Bank of England has raised interest rates by 50 basis points – the biggest leap in many years. The move by the BoE follows the US Federal Reserve’s anticipated 75 bps rate increase. The Bank of England said it maintains resolve to fight inflation… Read More

Binance Obtains MVP License from Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority

Binance, the global blockchain services provider, has received the Minimal Viable Product (MVP) license from Dubai’s Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA), following the issuance of its provisional license in March 2022. The MVP license “means that Binance can offer an approved range of virtual asset-related… Read More

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