Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

Mark Cuban and ConsenSys CEO Joseph Lubin Backed Nifty’s Appoints Olta Andoni, as NFT Legal Expert

Billionaire Mark Cuban-backed Nifty’s has reportedly hired Olta Andoni, an NFT copyright legal expert as its new Chief Legal Officer. Andoni will notably be the first CLO of the nascent non-fungible token or NFT-focused social media platform. Nifty’s is a fairly new online network for… Read More

US District Cour Enters Default Judgment Ordering David Gilbert Saffron and Circle Society Corp. to Pay $32 Million for Crypto Fraud

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) reports that the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada has entered a default judgment against defendants David Gilbert Saffron and Circle Society, Corp. for a cryptocurrency fraud and a misappropriation scheme. The final judgment is the result… Read More

Digital Assets: Anchorage GC Georgia Quinn Shares Why Receiving a National Bank Charter is Key

Back in January of this year, Anchorage, a top crypto platform for institutions, announced that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) had conditionally approved  Anchorage Trust Company, a South Dakota chartered trust company, to become Anchorage Digital Bank, National Association. Thus, Anchorage… Read More

SEC Concludes Fraud Case Against Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform iFunding and Co-Founder

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained final judgment concluding the fraud case against real estate crowdfunding platform iFunding and defendant William C. Skelley. iFunding was an early entrant in the real estate crowdfunding market that issued securities under Reg D 506c, a new… Read More

Price of XRP Rises as Perception Improves of Ongoing Lawsuit Between Ripple and SEC

Back in December of 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) posted a complaint alleging that Ripple engaged in the sale of an unregistered security. The enforcement action included Christian Larsen, the company’s co-founder, executive chairman of its board, and former CEO, and Bradley Garlinghouse,… Read More

Court Enters Order Authorizing IRS to Serve John Doe Summons on Fintech Circle to Obtain Info on US Taxpayers’ Crypto Transactions

A federal court in the District of Massachusetts recently entered an order that authorizes the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to serve a John Doe summons on Circle Internet Financial Inc., “or its predecessors, subsidiaries, divisions, and affiliates, including Poloniex LLC.” According to a release,… Read More

Seedrs Founder: Competition and Markets Authority is Stifling Government’s Ambitions for Robust Tech Sector

Coming off the revelation that the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was not inclined to approve the merger between Seedrs and Crowdcube, Seedrs co-founder and Chairman Jeff Lynn was recently interviewed by the FT. Speaking with the broadsheet, Lynn “warned that the UK competition… Read More

Compliant Blockchain Infrastructure Firm Paxos Completes Same Day Stock Settlement with Credit Suisse and Instinet

Paxos to Apply for Formal Clearing Agency License from the SEC Paxos Trust Company, a compliant blockchain infrastructure provider, has completed a same-day settlement of US-listed equity trades in partnership with Instinet and Credit Suisse. Same-day settlement is colloquially known as T+0 – currently, financial… Read More

NFT Art: Your Top 40 Legal Questions Answered

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) were minted and sold under the radar until a relatively obscure artist sold an NFT for an immense sum. That seminal event invigorated interest in NFTs by artists, sales platforms, and collectors. In this column, we undertake to identify and answer, in… Read More

CBDCs: People’s Bank of China and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority Testing Digital Yuan

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) have begun testing its central bank digital currency (CBDC) or digital yuan for cross-border transfers, according to a report in SCMP. The report quotes Wang Xin, Head of Research at the PBoC,… Read More

British Business Bank: Recovery Loan Scheme Open for Applications

The Recovery Loan Scheme is now open for application. Administered by the British Business Bank, this is a new scheme to support access to finance for UK businesses as they turn the corner on the COVID-19 health crisis. The scheme, announced at the Budget on… Read More

Middle East Fintech Firms to Operate Under New Guidelines from Abu Dhabi Global Market

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) has provided an updated set of regulatory guidelines that are meant to serve as a framework to support the operations of Fintech companies. Many of these startups offer third-party services to clients of… Read More

CBDCs: Bank of Japan Reveals it has Officially Begun Phase 1 of its Digital Currency Tests

The Bank of Japan (BoJ) revealed on Monday (April 5, 2021) that it has officially started Phase 1 of its central bank digital currency (CBDC) pilots and related experiments. The initial phase of testing will mainly focus on assessing the basic functions of CBDCs as… Read More

Elaine Sun, Compliance Director of Digital Assets Firm Huobi Technology, Discusses Importance of Proper Regulations for Crypto

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Elaine Sun, Compliance Director of digital assets firm Huobi Technology, recently noted that the traditional financial infrastructure and the idea or concept of money are “changing before our eyes.” Sun adds that the concept of “store of value” has mostly been associated or tied to… Read More

Cass Sanford from OTC Markets Comments on SEC Amendments that May Eliminate Public Quoting in Securities that Don’t Make Current Info Publicly Available

Cass Sanford, an Associate General Counsel who supports regulatory and policy-making initiatives at OTC Markets Group, notes that the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) amendments to Rule 15c2-11 may eliminate public quoting in securities of issuers that don’t make current information “publicly available.” Sanford,… Read More

Lithuania Reserve Bank Governor Says Fintech Should Provide Competition for Nation’s Financial Services Sector

Lithuania, which has one of the fastest-evolving Fintech sectors in the EU, is experiencing a transformative shift from traditional banking service providers, a trend that’s being supported by the growing number of digital transactions and the launch of new virtual payments startups. The Baltic nation,… Read More

Latvian P2P Lender Grupeer Reveals it has Received Some “Positive” News from Legal Team

Latvian P2P lender Grupeer reveals that they’ve received some “positive” news from their legal team (on March 31, 2021). According to Grupeer, this is a time to be “cautiously optimistic.” The Grupeer team writes in a blog post that they had begun legal enforcement proceedings… Read More

Dan Burstein from Paxos Reveals how the Firm Is the “Most Trusted” Operator in Digital Asset Infrastructure Space

Dan Burstein, General Counsel at Paxos, claims in a blog post that the company is the “most trusted” operator in the digital asset infrastructure space. Burstein explains that trustworthiness is key to their business model and overall success at Paxos. They believe that by serving… Read More

Brazil’s Reserve Bank to Again Allow Facebook Owned WhatsApp to Offer P2P Payments

Brazil’s reserve bank will again allow Facebook-owned WhatsApp to offer peer-to-peer payments services in the South American country. The decision to permit WhatsApp to again facilitate transactions in Brazil has come nine months after the service had been suspended. In June of last year, Brazil… Read More

Payment Systems Regulator in the UK Provisionally Finds Five Service Providers Violated the Law by Engaging in “Cartel Behavior” in the Pre-Paid Cards Sector

The Payments Systems Regulator (PSR) in the UK stated on March 31, 2021 that it “provisionally” finds five firms violated the law by “engaging in cartel behavior” in the pre-paid cards market. As stated in a release, three out of five parties actually admitted liability… Read More

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