Politics, Legal & Regulation

House Financial Services Subcommittee: Representative Sherman Tells SEC to Shut All ICOs Down, Representative Emmer Sees “Real Opportunity” with Crypto

Last week, while New York City saw thousands of cryptocurrency enthusiasts discuss the benefits of digital assets and blockchain, a House Financial Services subcommittee reviewed initial coin offerings with the leaders of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Enforcement Division. The Congressional Hearing provided a… Read More

Draft Legislation Circulates that Would Create a “Federal Financial Institutions Technology Council”

Potential legislation is currently being circulated that may create a new Fintech Council to advocate on behalf of innovation in the financial services industry. The bill, entitled the “Financial Technology Act,” would mandate the creation of a “Federal Financial Technology Council.” (FFITC) As the language… Read More

Singapore Warns Eight Cryptocurrency Exchanges, MAS Halts Single Initial Coin Offering

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a warning to eight cryptocurrency exchanges operating in Singapore. The notice told the exchanges NOT to facilitate trading in digital tokens nor future contracts without the explicitly authorization by MAS. The warning targeted security tokens and it… Read More

FCA Competition Director Chris Woolard Addresses Financial Crime & Virtual Currencies

Christopher Woolard, Executive Director of Strategy and Competition at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), delivered a speech today on the hot topic of cybersecurity, crime and financial services. Delivered at a “TechSprint” in London, Woolard said it was time to bring regulators and tech specialists… Read More

ADGM Signs MOU with AFSA-AIFC: Bolstering Abu Dhabi and Kazakhstan Financial Market Growth

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) and the Astana Financial Service Authority of Astana International Financial Centre (AFSA-AIFC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the Annual Conference of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) held in… Read More

Office of Comptroller of the Currency Encourages Banks to Issue Small Loans to Consumers

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a Bulletin today encouraging banks to issue small loans to consumers. In past years, banks have shied away from providing credit that was deemed too high risk to pursue and too costly to originate. As… Read More

SEC Again Urges ICO Issuers to Make Contact About Compliance

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairperson Jay Clayton told an audience in Washington Tuesday that companies seeking to raise funds via digital tokens in an Initial Coin Offering should be proactive in contacting the agency regarding compliance, Law360 reports. “We’re open for business,” said Clayton…. Read More

Dodd Frank Rollback Passes House, Moves to President’s Desk for Signature to Become Law

Today, the US House of Representatives passed a bill that has become known as the Dodd Frank rollback as it seeks to offset much of the law that become emblematic for regulatory overreach that caused more harm than good. The   “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and… Read More

SEC Chair Jay Clayton Applauds State’s Operation CryptoSweep Action Against Bogus ICOs

Securities and Exchange Commission (SECO Chairman Jay Clayton has issued a comment on Operation Cryptosweep – a coordinated enforcement action launched by state and provincial regulators attacking fraudulent initial coin offerings. Clayton said the North American Securities Administrators Association members (NASAA) play an important role… Read More

P2P Lender Faircent.com Receives NBFC-P2P Certification from Reserve Bank of India

P2P lender Faircent.com has received NBFC-P2P certification from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), reportedly the first P2P lending platform in the country to receive the certificate of registration as an NBFC-P2P by the national regulator. Faircent.com anticipates that the RBI certification will help Faircent.com gain… Read More

Report: Centra Tech Founders Plead Not Guilty in Alleged Fraud ICO

A note by Law360 indicates that defendants Sohrab “Sam” Sharma and Robert Farkas, co-creators of Centra Tech and an affiliated initial coin offering (ICO), have pleaded not guilty in the US District Court Southern District of New York. The Centra Tech ICO reportedly raised over $32… Read More

Forty North American Regulators Cooperating in ‘Operation Cryptosweep’ Crackdown

Multiple state securities regulators in the US revealed yesterday that they are taking part, along with 40 other North American state and provincial regulators, in a coordinated crackdown on fraudulent cryptocurrency projects. “The actions announced today are just the tip of the iceberg,” stated Joseph… Read More

CFTC Issues Advisory with Regards to “Virtual Currency Derivative Product Listings”

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued an Advisory pertaining to “virtual currencies” and “derivative product listings.” The CFTC staff states: “Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) staff believes it is important to encourage innovation and growth in these products, but within an… Read More

Hester Peirce Advocates for Thoughtful Regulation in Powerful LA Speech

Earlier this month Hester Peirce, a commissioner of the SEC, delivered a powerful speech in LA that bodes well for the future of cryptocurrency regulation. She addressed the challenges she faces as a regulator of the financial sector, and shared her own philosophy regarding initial… Read More

CFTC Argues in Court It Can Regulate Fraudulent ICOs as Commodities

Last Friday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission argued in a Boston courtroom that cryptocurrencies are tradable commodities that can be regulated under CFTC purview. The argument comes after lawyers for Randall Crater and Mark Gillespie of My Big Coin Inc. attempted to have fraud charges… Read More

Cryptocurrency Laws Winding Through Russian Assembly Now – Terms Clarified

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has spoken publicly about how draft laws winding their way now through the Russian parliament will define cryptocurrencies and tokens. Bitcoin.com reports that Medvedev recently told an audience at a plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum: “We need… Read More

Head of French Regulator AMF Comments on Crytpo Asset Losses, Throws Shade at Madrid Football Team Due to Crypto Sponsor

The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) released its annual report this past week. As part of the release, Chairman of the AMF Robert Ophèle delivered a speech highlighting important issues and challenges within the financial markets. During his speech, Ophèle commented on “toxic investments.” While first addressing binary… Read More

European Parliament Committee Passes Blockchain Resolution

The European Parliament, Committee on Research, Industry and Energy, passed a blockchain resolution yesterday (May 16th) capturing solid support with 56 in favor and 3 opposed.. The resolution included a section on initial coin offerings. European Parliament resolution on Distributed ledger technologies and blockchains: building… Read More

SEC Office of Investor Education Creates Mock Initial Coin Offering “HoweyCoins.com”

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy has created a bogus website to highlight the scam riddled initial coin offering (ICO) industry. The mock site, HoweyCoins.com, touts a “too good to be true” investment opportunity seeking to mimic a fraudulent… Read More

US Regulators on Consensus Panel Claim Their Doors Open and Rules Clear Regarding ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings)

Representatives from the three bodies policing securities in the US and the Chief Strategy Officer from the Bittrex cryptocurrency exchange spoke on an “Enforcement” panel May 15 at the Consensus conference in New York. Citing an “open door” policy, the regulators- James McDonald, Director of… Read More