Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

European Securitites and Markets Authority Drafts Standards for Pan European Crowdfunding Rules: Industry Prepares to Provide Feedback

This past week the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a consultation paper addressing standards for the previously approved pan-European crowdfunding regulation. As covered in the past, the European Union has passed legislation to enable online securities offerings across its member nations. After many… Read More

Comments on SEC’s Proposal on Custody of Digital Asset Securities Trickle in as Document Hits Federal Register

At the end of 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a statement on the custody of digital assets by “special purpose broker-dealers.” At that time, the SEC said that they were seeking to “encourage innovation around the application of Securities Exchange Act Rule… Read More

Currencycloud Says the Days of Unrestricted EU Market Access for UK Firms are Over, Explains how to Approach New Business Environment

Currencycloud, a cross-border payment platform, notes in a blog post that UK businesses have been struggling to deal with various issues ever since the country voted in 2016 to leave the European Union (EU). While the agreement reached between the United Kingdom and European Union… Read More

Robinhood being Investigated by US Regulators over Trading Restrictions, Options Trading Policies

Robinhood Markets Inc, the leading zero-fee stock trading app provider, stated on Friday (February 26, 2021) that US regulatory authorities were investigating the firm’s temporary trading restrictions on these so-called “meme stocks” earlier in 2021. These activities have come under increased scrutiny as the shares… Read More

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Adds SPACs to Agenda of Next Meeting

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee has scheduled a meeting for March 11, 2021. Included on the agenda is a panel discussion on the hot Special Acquisition Company (SPAC) market. According to the agenda, the panel will be moderated by Christopher Mirabile,… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

NUCC: Online Payment Transactions Reach ¥4.98 Trillion During the Spring Festival Holiday During the Spring Festival Holiday of 2021 (February 11th to February 17th), NetsUnion Clearing Corporation (NUCC) processed a total of 7.937 billion online payment transactions, equal to 4.98 trillion yuan. Compared with the… Read More

House Financial Services Committee: Game Stopped Part II Scheduled for March 17th

The US House Committee on Financial Services will revisit the GameStop/Reddit/Robinhood fiasco once again in mid-March. The Committee distributed an email last night indicating that a virtual hearing will take place on March 17th, at 12 noon, entitled, “Game Stopped? Who Wins and Loses When… Read More

UK Kalifa Fintech Review: Policy Recommendations for Keeping the Fintech Boom Going

The long-anticipated report on the UK Fintech ecosystem and recommendations as to how to keep the robust market growing in a post-Brexit world has been published today. The Kalifa Review of Fintech seeks to provide a roadmap for the UK to maintain its prominence in… Read More

US Department of Treasury Comments on FATF Guidance on Virtual Assets

The US Department of Treasury has issued a statement on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) second plenary meeting during the German Presidency of the global regulatory agency. According to Treasury, FATF advanced its work on several issues, including finalizing a non-public report on terrorist… Read More

Fintech Australia Chair Simone Joyce Says Banks are “Risk Averse,” Suggests that Better Policies Are Needed to Support Fintechs

Rebecca Schot-Guppy, CEO at FinTech Australia, says that her organization thinks that Australia is on the right path in terms of financial technology adoption and its overall approach to developing its economy. Rebecca, whose comments came during the Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory… Read More

US SEC Suspends Trading of Iced Tea Company that Pivoted to Blockchain During Crypto Bull Market of 2017

Long Island Iced Tea Company had rebranded itself as the Long Blockchain Corp (OTC:LBCC) back in 2017, which was during the historic crypto market bull run that had briefly led to Bitcoin surging to nearly $20,000 before crashing to below $4,000 by December 2018. Long… Read More

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell Says Public Events on Digital Dollar Coming

Today, Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, returned to Capitol Hill for a hearing on the House side pertaining to Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy. Once again, much of the discussion hovered around COVID, monetary policy and his opinion on the… Read More

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation Advocates Transition to T+1 Settlement

Following the Gamestop/Reddit/Robinhood melodrama, the discussion of when trades settle has become a topic of concern. Currently, if you purchase shares from a broker you must pay for those shares within two days of the trade (T+2), something the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted in… Read More

FCA Returns £3.42 Million from Digital Wealth Limited Scam

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced that it has obtained High Court Approval to return £3.42 million to victims of an unauthorized deposit-taking and collective investment schemes. The FCA states that Digital Wealth Limited, aka Digital Wealth Society (DWS), and Outsourcing Express Limited (OEL)… Read More

MoneyGram to Stop Using Ripple’s XRP based Fund Transfer Service due to “Uncertainty” Surrounding Ongoing Litigation with SEC

MoneyGram International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGI), a major cross-border P2P payments and money transfers service, has confirmed that it will no longer be using American Fintech Ripple Labs’ XRP-powered liquidity product. MoneyGram stated that it decided to stop using the technology due to the “uncertainty” surrounding… Read More

European Central Bank Issues Specialized Banking License to Lithuania-based Firm UAB SME Digital Financing

After a proposal from the Bank of Lithuania, the European Central Bank (ECB) has reportedly issued a specialized banking license to the Lithuanian capital company UAB SME Digital Financing. It’s now expected that after acquiring such a permit, UAB SME Digital Financing will begin accepting… Read More

Bancor Lawsuit Tossed: “New York is not a reasonable and convenient place to conduct this litigation”

A New York judge has tossed a lawsuit filed against Bancor, or BProtocol Foundation, that claimed the sale of unregistered securities, according to an Order Granting Motion to Dismiss received by CI. Judge Alvin Hellerstein dismissed the case and the Plaintiff’s offer to re-plead was… Read More

Fed Chair Jerome Powell Says Digital Dollar is a High Priority Project

During testimony provided at the US Senate Banking Committee hearing today, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell commented on the possibility of launching a “digital dollar” calling it a high-priority project for them. Powell was testifying in front of the Senate Banking Committee as part of… Read More

New York AG: Bitfinex to Stop Trading with New York Residents, Pay Penalty and Add Disclosure. Bitfinex Thanks AG’s Office for their Cooperation and Professionalism

Letitia James, Attorney General of New York, says that Bitfinex must stop allowing trading for New York investors. The AG says that Bitfinex’s activities are “illegal” in New York.  The agreement requires Bitfinex and Tether to discontinue any trading activity with New Yorkers while paying… Read More

Karsten Wenzlaff of the German Crowdfunding Association Provides Insight into Harmonization of Pan-European Crowdfunding Rules

Last year, the European Union approved pan-European crowdfunding rules that will apply to all member states thus finally offering a harmonized approach to online capital formation. Crowdfunding advocates and European platforms had long recognized the unnecessary friction intrinsic to raising capital based on national regulations… Read More

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