Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

“Virtual assets and so-called stablecoins” G20 Supports FATF Regulatory Efforts Targeting Money Laundering and Illicit Financing

Last week, the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors welcomed the efforts of the FATF to identify the money laundering and terrorist financing risks that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The G20 said that the COVID health crisis is being exploited by criminals… Read More

CFTC Issues Staff Letter on Virtual Currencies and Futures

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) has issued an advisory to futures commission merchants (FCMs) regarding the holding of virtual currency in segregated accounts. The advisory, in the form of a Staff Letter, provides guidance to FCMs… Read More

Global Digital Finance Hammers UK FCA’s Decision to Ban Crypto Derivatives for Retail Investors, Says UK Fintech Innovation at Risk

Earlier this month, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced a ban on the sale of crypto derivatives and exchange-traded notes (ETNs) that reference cryptoassets for retail investors. The ban is scheduled to go into effect on January 6, 2021. Many cryptoasset insiders have criticized… Read More

SEC Versus Kik Interactive to End in $5 Million Penalty

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The long saga of Kik Interactive’s battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission appears to finally be at an end. A document filed in US District Court today indicates that both sides have come to an agreement on a settlement with a $5 million penalty…. Read More

FinCEN Targets Bitcoin Mixer with $60 Million Penalty Pertaining to Money Laundering

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has targeted Larry Dean Harmon, of Akron, Ohio, the founder of Helix and Coin Ninja in a first enforcement action targeting a crypto mixer. In a release, FinCEN said Harmon and his operations were assessed a $60 million civil… Read More

Attorney Prominent in the Crowdfunding Sector is Target of SEC Enforcement Action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a litigation release today alleging charges of microcap fraud that involved an attorney prominent in the US crowdfunding sector. According to the SEC complaint, Jillian Sidoti, affiliated with the law firm known as CrowdfundingLawyers.net, facilitated alleged fraudulent dumping… Read More

Oliver Gajda of the European Crowdfunding Network: An 8 Year Journey for Harmonized Crowdfunding Rules

Earlier this month, the European Union approved new crowdfunding rules, including a €5 million funding cap, that will apply to all member states finally creating a pan-European approach to online capital formation. Currently, the securities crowdfunding market in Europe struggles under bespoke national rules that… Read More

Jerome Powell on Central Bank Digital Currency: We are committed to considering a CBDC and its benefits

Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve, participated in a virtual panel today hosted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the topic of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDCs). Powell said the Fed is committed to considering a CBDC… Read More

Coinbase Reveals that it Received Over 1,900 Requests for Customer Information from Law Enforcement During H1 2020

Paul Grewal, Chief Legal Officer at Coinbase, says that trust is built through “transparency and honesty.” Grewal, the former VP and Deputy General Counsel at Facebook, writes in a blog post that as Coinbase continues its journey toward becoming the “most trusted” venue for traders… Read More

Meltem Demirors: CSO at CoinShares Says Cryptocurrency Is “Inevitable” and We Might See Many Bad Policies from Lawmakers

  We recently spoke to Meltem Demirors, the Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares, a digital asset treasury management firm that manages over $1 billion in assets. Demirors talked about how financial markets reacted after US President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19. She also discussed… Read More

tZERO Chief Legal Officer on Crypto Enforcement Actions: “Cowboy innovation is worse than no innovation at all”

Last week, the US Department of Justice published a white paper, crafted by the Cyber-Digital Task Force, that outlines its approach to enforcement when it comes to digital assets (or cryptoassets). US Attorney General William Barr issued the following statement on the framework: “Cryptocurrency is… Read More

New York Department of Financial Services Schedules First Techsprint, Will Focus on Virtual Currency Firms

  The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has scheduled its first-ever “Techsprint” that will take place in 2021. The event will focus on digital regulatory reporting for virtual currency companies. As New York is a global financial hub, many Fintech firms are based… Read More

European Banking Authority to Allow Banks to Include Software based Assets in their Capital Requirement Estimates

The European Banking Authority, a regulatory body of the European Union that’s headquartered in Paris, has revealed plans to allow banks to include software-based assets in their capital requirement calculations. This should help lenders with strengthening their safety buffers, the agency noted. At present, banking… Read More

Congress’s Inability to Enact a Second Stimulus Should Not Impact Loan Performance Reports dv01

The US House of Representatives has refused to cut a deal with the White House and come to terms with a second COVID-related stimulus package as leadership fears it will help the Trump campaign as the election nears. Many observers and policymakers believe a second… Read More

Chainalysis Expands Washington DC Operations, Hires New Legal Affairs Chief, Other Key Appointments, Reports Signficant Revenue Growth

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Chainalysis, a leading blockchain analysis firm, has revealed that it managed to grow its revenue 100% year-over-year. The New York-based firm says it’s now preparing for an expected surge in private sector business. Chainalysis claims that it has managed to grow its customer base by… Read More

While Some Industry Insiders Complain, Coinpass Welcomes Ban of Crypto Derivatives for Retail

Last week, the UK Financial Conduct Authority announced a ban on the sale of crypto derivatives and exchange-traded notes (ETNs) that for retail investors. The ban, which goes into effect on January 6, 2021, has no impact on spot trading of cryptoassets. Some crypto-industry insiders criticized… Read More

Bank of England Speech Notes that Cross Border – Faster Payments May Include DLT

A speech delivered today by Victoria Cleland, Executive Director, Banking, Payments, and Innovation at the Bank of England, tackled the topic of faster payments and cross-border transfers. Cleland highlighted the three-stage process to advance cross border payments being pursued at the international level and then… Read More

Polish Fintech Symmetrical.ai, which helps Employees Maintain Financial Wellbeing, has been Issued Small Payment Institution License

Polish-British Fintech Symmetrical.ai, which helps employees maintain financial well-being, has been issued a small payment institution license. The company said that the new permit should allow it to make Symmetrical-backed salaries “even faster, more flexible, and empowering.” Currently, there are 69 different small payment institutions… Read More

LabCFTC Schedules Empower Innovation Event for October

Coinciding with DC Fintech Week (DCFW), LabCFTC, the innovation branch of the US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), will host an event on October 21, 2020, entitled, “Empower Innovation 2020.” According to the CFTC, This is the second of three interactive virtual events hosted by… Read More

Mettalex, a “Decentralized” Crypto and Commodities Derivatives Exchange, Claims its Product Solves Pain Points Related to FCA Derivatives Ban

Binance alum Fetch.ai, an established blockchain-focused AI firm launched by former DeepMind investors and developers, had introduced Mettalex, a “decentralized” crypto and commodities derivatives trading platform (back in August 2020). Mettalex had stated in August that it would be working with a consortium of steel… Read More

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