Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

Letters Sent to 20 000 Suspected Crypto Tax Avoiders in Denmark

After being granted the right earlier this year to demand user records from 3 cryptocurrency exchanges in the country, Denmark’s tax authority, the Skattestyrelsen, has now sent 20 000 letters to Danish citizens it believes may have skirted taxes on capital gains from cryptocurrency trades. Recipients… Read More

Romanian Hackers Who Commanded Vast Cryptomining Botnet Sentenced in Ohio

Bogdan Nicolescu, 37, and Radu Miclaus, 37, two members of a Romanian gang that controlled a network of at least 40o ooo malware-infected computers, have been sentenced to 18 and 20 years in prison each. According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office,… Read More

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Testifies in Front of Senate Banking Committee

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton spent his morning today (December 10, 2019) testifying in front of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. In prepared testimony (embedded below), Chair Clayton addressed multiple issues including those that impacting regulatory modernization as… Read More

South Africa Drafts New Rules for Cryptocurrencies That Shore Up Currency Controls

South Africa’s Reserve Bank (Sarb) is drafting new rules to prevent cryptocurrencies from undermining currency controls in the country, IOL reports. The rules will come into effect in the first quarter of 2020, Sarb deputy governor Kuben Naidoo told journalists last week. South Africa’s financial… Read More

SEC Seeking Interview with UK Citizen They Believe Brokered Telegram’s Token Sale

The SEC is seeking to depose UK citizen John Hyman, whom Telegram CEO Pavel Durov has identified as “Telegram’s chief investment advisor.” The SEC believes Hyman brokered many of the private deals that helped Telegram raise $1.7 billion USD from 171 investors in two sales of GRAM… Read More

Big Tech in Finance: The Financial Stability Board Explains the Implications

Depending on the jurisdiction, big tech is moving into financial services at various speeds. In China, big tech already dominates much of the Fintech landscape from payments, to lending, to Wealthtech to savings. It’s all there. In the US, there is a constant, pensive shuffle… Read More

Crypto Basher Brad Sherman Selected to Lead House Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship & Capital Markets

Last week, Representative Maxine Waters, Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, announced that Representative Brad Sherman was elected by the Committee’s Democratic Caucus to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets. Sherman, from California, has been in the… Read More

Hungary’s Central Bank Issues Warning stating that Traditional Lenders Might Be Forced Out of Market Due to Competitive Fintech Firms

Some of Hungary’s financial institutions might be forced to exit the market as they may not be adequately prepared to continue to compete with challengers from the Fintech industry. Traditional institutions are also facing increasing pressure due to declining revenues from a consistently low-yield environment,… Read More

Blockchain, A Four-Time Waltz: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Libra & the CBDCs – The Need for a New Balance

We have deliberately chosen to limit our presentation, for pedagogical reasons, to the four fundamental periods represented by the emergence of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Libra and CBDCs (Central Bank Digital Currency) because no other event (derived or similar project) has had such an impact on the… Read More

SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Schedules Meeting to Further Discuss Regulatory Harmonization

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee has scheduled an additional meeting to discuss regulatory harmonization along the lines the Commission’s Concept Release published earlier this year. The SEC officially closed comments on its Concept Release in September but feedback… Read More

US House Financial Services Committee: US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Says “No Need” for Federal Digital Currency (CBDC)

US Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin told members of the US House Financial Services Committee Thursday that both he and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell feel there is “no need” for the US to develop a digital currency in the near term. Currently, multiple… Read More

Ukraine’s Government Approves Final Draft of New Anti-Money Laundering Laws that Apply to Virtual Assets

Ukraine’s government has reportedly approved the nation’s final draft of a new money laundering law that applies to virtual assets (or cryptocurrencies) and virtual asset service providers (VASPs), according to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) guidelines. The Rada, the country’s legislative body, released a… Read More

Thailand Arrests Chinese Gang Pervading Cryptocurrency Call Centre Scam

Authorities in Thailand have arrested 24 Chinese nationals perpetuating a scam involving cryptocurrencies and solicitation phone calls to citizens living in China. According to the Thai Immigration Bureau, the parties arrested were recruited by a gangster who, open the workers’ arrival, confiscated their passports. The… Read More

EU: No “Stablecoin” Cryptocurrency Should Operate in Europe Until Risks Addressed

The Council of the European Union, which implements laws for the EU region, has issued a statement on “stablecoin” cryptocurrencies indicating that, “no global ‘stablecoin’…should begin operation in the European Union until the legal, regulatory and oversight challenges and risks have been adequately identified and… Read More

So Far, Not a Single ICO has been White-Listed by the Autorite des Marches in France

The “Loi Pacte” was approved by the French government earlier this year. the new law included multiple policy moves designed to improve the overall competitiveness of the French economy. As part of the legislation, France created bespoke rules for initial coin offerings. Under French law,… Read More

Details Emerge Regarding China’s Hainan Blockchain Initiative

Chinese state media vehicle Xinhua is reporting details about a state-supported blockchain initiative in the South China island province of Hainan. Hainan’s blockchain pilot zone, which is based in the Hainan Resort Software Community (RSC) industrial park, was actually launched in October 2018. The zone… Read More

People’s Bank of China Begins Pilot Regulation Program for Fintech Businesses in Beijing

China’s central bank announced on December 5 that it’s planning to support the nation’s capital city Beijing in exploring and experimenting with various regulatory guidelines for the evolving Fintech industry in order to develop a more inclusive and suitable supervision framework. The nation’s Fintech regulation… Read More

Report: the Banque of France will Begin Testing a Central Bank Digital Currency in 2020

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The Banque of France will begin testing a Central Bank Digital Currency (or CBDC) in 2020, according to a report in Les Echos – the leading business publication of France. Quoting François Villeroy de Galhau, the Governor of the Banque of France, who was speaking… Read More

SEC Director of Investment Management Dalia Blass: Bitcoin Futures Interval Fund “Close to Launch”

Dalia Blass, director of the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Division of Investment Management told an audience at the 2019 ICI Securities Law Developments Conference this week, “that a registered closed-end interval fund with a bitcoin futures strategy is preparing to launch.” According to Investopedia: “An interval fund is… Read More

UK: New Peer to Peer Lending Rules Kick in on December 9th: “A Watershed Moment for P2P”

New peer to peer lending rules come into effect on Monday, December 9th. The new rules were the result of a review by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The UK largely created the entire sector of peer to peer lending. One of the most… Read More

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