Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

Binance Regulatory Crackdown Continues as Securities Commission Malaysia Announces New Enforcement Actions Against Crypto Exchange

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has announced new enforcement actions against digital assets firm Binance. The cryptocurrency exchange operator has been accused of illegally operating its trading platform in Malaysia. The SC has now ordered Binance to immediately disable access to its website as well… Read More

UK’s Digital Bank Monzo Is Facing Potential Money Laundering Charges by FCA, Reports Annual Loss of £130 Million

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UK-based digital bank Monzo is currently facing a civil and criminal money-laundering investigation that is being carried out by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Monzo‘s management disclosed these details in its annual report that was released on Friday (July 30, 2021). For the second straight… Read More

Banking, Fintech Report Highlights UK’s Fast-Growing Financial Tech Space, while Challenges Include Centralized Cloud Providers

Payments specialist Banking Circle notes in a recent update on the payments, banking and Fintech space that there have been record-level investments in the UK’s vibrant Fintech sector, with $5.7 billion of VC invested across 317 deals so far in 2021. Banking Circle‘s CIO, Michel… Read More

Payments Council of India Welcomes RBI’s Move to Permit Approved Non Bank Payment Providers to Participate in Centralized Payment Systems

Welcoming the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) move to permit authorized or approved non-bank payment system providers to take part in centralized payment systems (CPS), the Payments Council of India (PCI), the nation’s largest industry body for the non-banking digital payments ecosystem, has confirmed that… Read More

Congressman McHenry Crafts Bill to Expand Access to Private Securities by Expanding Definition of an Accredited Investor

Congressman Patrick McHenry has submitted legislation to update the definition of an Accredited Investor. Currently, individuals deemed to be Accredited may participate in private, Reg D securities offerings – the most popular exemption utilized by promising young firms. To be deemed accredited, an individual must… Read More

Biden Administration Looks to Help Pay for Infrastructure Plan with Tax Enforcement of Cryptocurrency Transactions

President Joe Biden published more details on the pending infrastructure deal while indicating he intends to offset the substantial cost by various fees including “strengthening tax enforcement when it comes to cryptocurrencies.” In a speech, President Biden said: “This agreement will help ensure that America… Read More

Former Utah State Legislator and CEO at SmartFi Shares Comments After Reports of Binance CEO Considering Resigning from His Role

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Changpeng Zhao or “CZ”, the CEO of Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange in terms of adjusted trading volume, recently announced that he would be welcoming regulation. CZ also said he wants Binance to work cooperatively with regulatory authorities, across the globe, as it establishes… Read More

Senator Elizabeth Warren Tells Treasury Secretary Yellen to Rein in Crypto Now

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, has called on the Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen to reign in cryptocurrency – now. In a letter sent to Yellen, Senator Warren told the Secretary to use the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC)… Read More

William Callahan, Director of Government and Strategic Affairs at Blockchain Intelligence Group, Says Money Launderers Benefit from Volatility

William Callahan, Director of Government & Strategic Affairs at Blockchain Intelligence Group,  has noted that Tether CTO and General Counsel had made an appearance live on CNBC last week. William has asked us whether we think the U.S. Department of Justice was watching this “slow… Read More

Senate Banking Crypto Hearing: Senator Warren Says Crypto is Dangerous for Our Financial System

The Senate Banking Committee held a hearing today on cryptocurrency aptly titled Cryptocurrencies: What are they good for? And as one may anticipate, the questions and support of digital asset innovation largely fell along party lines. For the witnesses, there were representatives from Coin Center, Filecoin,… Read More

SEC fines 27 for Poor Filing, Investor Notification Practices

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has settled charges with 21 investment advisers and 6 broker-dealers related to their failure to timely file and deliver their client or customer relationship summaries (Form CRS) to their retail investors. On June 5, 2019, the SEC adopted Form… Read More

US Senate Banking Committee Holds Hearing on Crypto Today

The US Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing later this morning entitled Cryptocurrencies: What are they good for? The individuals testifying in front of the Committee include: Professor Angela Walch, Professor of Law, St. Mary’s University School of Law, Research Associate, UCL Centre for… Read More

New UK Innovation Strategy to Cement the Nation’s Position as a Leader in Science, Research, Innovation: Report

Updated plans to put the United Kingdom at the front of the global innovation race have been shared by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the UK Research and Innovation unit as well as other organizations and individuals. Released on July 22, 2021,… Read More

European Government Funds May Get Distributed by European Crowdfunding Platforms

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Recently, a report was published regarding the European Commission distributing European (ESIF) funds through European crowdfunding platforms. Obviously, if this occurs it will be a boon for both platforms and issuers. The report was written by Karsten Wenzlaff, Ana Odorovic and Ronald Kleverlaan, along with consulting… Read More

US Senator Gary Peters Investigates Crypto and Ransomware, Introduces Legislation

US Senator Gary Peters, Chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has initiated bipartisan legislation targeting cybersecurity threats including the usage of cryptocurrency and payment of ransom. The bill,  the DHS Industrial Control Systems Capabilities Enhancement Act, would require the Cybersecurity and… Read More

Tether Management Said to be Target of Criminal Investigation by US Department of Justice

Tether, the largest stablecoin by market cap, is said to be a target of a criminal investigation in the US. According to a report in Bloomberg, the US Department of Justice is investigating whether, or not, executives committed bank fraud. Rumblings have long swirled around… Read More

UK Coalition for a Digital Economy Publishes Paper on Regulating Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL): Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), an organization created to promote the UK as the top European startup ecosystem, has published a paper on the fast-growing Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) sector of Fintech. Entitled Regulate Credit Now, Reform it Later, Coadec says the credit… Read More

CoinBurp and Launch of $Burp Token Receives Consumer Warning from UK FCA

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a warning regarding CoinBurp and the pending issuance of the $Burp Token. CoinBurp states that it currently operates a CeFi platform, but they are developing an ETH-based DeFi wallet. While the name alone may cause some potential… Read More

Continuous Monitoring Gives Crypto Compliance Teams “Peace of Mind” According to Chainalsysis Report

Compliant crypto firms realize or know what it takes to keep their platforms safe: They have to carry out KYC checks on clients, monitor transactions for counterparty risk, and submit suspicious activity reports or SARs when they see suspicious activity, Chainalysis notes in a blog… Read More

Azimut Group, with Azimut Investments S.A., Is Reportedly the First Luxembourg Fund Manager to Acquire Permit to Manage Digital Asset Funds

Azimut Group, with Azimut Investments S.A., is reportedly the first asset management firm based in Luxembourg to acquire authorization to manage digital assets strategies. With this further evidence of the Group’s innovation capabilities, Azimut confirmed that it will be introducing the AZ RAIF Digital Asset… Read More

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