Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

Binance Looking for Investments from Sovereign Wealth Funds, Hopes to Offset Regulatory Pressure: Report

Binance is said to be approaching sovereign wealth funds to invest in the world’s largest crypto exchange. Binance, the largest crypto exchange in the world, has largely been able to avoid the growing concern of global financial regulators and an increasing desire to reign in… Read More

Bank of England Financial Policy Member Addresses Booming Crypto Ecosystem and Need for Better Regulation

Bank of England External Member of the Financial Policy Committee Carolyn A. Wilkins will deliver a speech to the Québec Autorités des marchés today. The text of her speech has been released in advance of the presentation and she will be addressing the booming crypto… Read More

Jerome Powell Re-Nominated as Chair of Federal Reserve

Jerome Powell has been renominated by President Joe Biden to continue on as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Dr. Lael Brainard was selected to serve as Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. In recent days there has been much… Read More

Digital Assets on the Calendar for December House Financial Services Committee Hearing

Digital assets, or crypto assets, are once again on the schedule for a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee. Scheduled for December 8 at 10:00 AM ET,  the full Committee will gather for a hybrid hearing entitled, “Digital Assets and the Future of Finance:… Read More

Responsible Business Lending Coalition Voices Support for Small Business Lending Disclosure Act of 2021

The Responsible Business Lending Coalition (RBLC), a group that includes online lenders LendingClub (NYSE:LC) and Funding Circle, has issued a statement in support of legislation introduced in both the US House and Senate. The Small Business Lending Disclosure Act of 2021, is described as establishing “common-sense… Read More

SEC Files 434 new enforcements in FY21, Crypto, Dark Web, DeFi Among New Targets

A review of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) enforcement actions in this fiscal year show a growing threat posed by cryptocurrency and decentralized finance (DeFi) scammers. The year ended Sept. 30. The SEC filed 434 new enforcement actions in FY2021, and that is a… Read More

Senate Hearing for Saule Omarova as Comptroller of the Currency Shows Challenging Path to Approval

  Saule Omarova testified in front of the Senate Banking Committee today and the challenging questions did not just come from Republican members as several Democrats queried the aspiring bank regulator with difficult queries as well. Omarova, a Cornell Law professor born in the former… Read More

SEC Charges Californian in $3.6M Crypto Scam

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today announced it has charged Ryan Ginster of Corona, Cal. with conducting two unregistered and fraudulent securities offerings which collectively raised more than $3.6 million in cryptocurrency from retail investors. The complaint alleges that, from 2018 up to 2021,… Read More

Reserve Bank of Australia Taking Cautious Crypto Approach

While the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is conducting research into various applications of cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technologies, they are under no pressure to quickly roll out solutions to address clear needs in the marketplace, a representative said earlier today. Speaking to the Australian… Read More

Basel Committee Consults on Principles for Management, Supervision of Climate related Financial Risks

On November 16, 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued a public consultation on principles for the effective management and supervision of climate-related financial risks. This “follows the publication of a series of analytical reports earlier this year,” the update confirmed. As noted in… Read More

Veriscope to Solve FATF Travel Rule-Related Crypto Compliance Issues? Testing Underway

Tether Operations, the company operating the blockchain-enabled platform tether.to, has commenced operations with Shyft Network, starting with active testing of Veriscope, its decentralized compliance framework and smart contract solution to the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) Travel Rule. The initiative will assist virtual asset service… Read More

Saule Omarova: Approval of Biden Administration’s Pick for Comptroller of the Currency is Looking Dicey

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), an independent bureau under the US Department of Treasury, is the lead bank regulator in the US. Managed by the Comptroller of the Currency, it is a key federal agency in approving or denying national bank… Read More

Binance Founder CZ Calls for Global Crypto Regulation

Zhao Changpeng

In a blog post on Binance today, founder Changpeng Zhao, or CZ, has issued a call for global crypto regulation to “help ensure the industry will continue to innovate responsibly while ensuring a healthy path forward for future growth.” Crypto is deemed as lacking sufficient… Read More

Central Bank of UAE and Bank Indonesia Sign MoU, Focusing on Digital Innovation in Payments

The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) and Bank Indonesia (the Central Bank of the Republic of Indonesia) have reportedly entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to expand mutual co-operation. The bilateral MoU will be including three key areas, focusing on digital innovation… Read More

Republicans on House Financial Services Committee Distribute Principles for Central Bank Digital Currency

Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is a hot policy topic in the US as well as the rest of the world. Many developed countries are reviewing the potential as well as the potential pitfalls for a CBDC. China is already testing a digital yuan live… Read More

US Department of Treasury to Work with Israel on Ransomware Threat, Partner on Fintech

The US Department of Treasury has announced it will work with Israel in a partnership to combat the threat of ransomware. The two countries also affirmed a commitment to encouraging “robust Fintech innovation,” while also reinforcing the necessity of working together to combat cyber threats…. Read More

Switzerland based Digital Banking Challenger YAPEAL Acquires License Extension from FINMA

Switzerland’s digital challenger bank YAPEAL reveals that the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has granted it a license extension in order to provide cross-border services to international clients. As mentioned in the announcement, the services include national payments, cross-border  transfers, a Visa debit card… Read More

SEC Targets Asian Crypto Firm Terraform Labs and its Mirror Protocol that Replicates US Securities

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed an action against Terraform Labs PTE, Ltd., and its co-founder and CEO, Do Kwon. The SEC said in a statement that it is seeking an order directing the company to comply with investigative subpoenas for documents and testimony…. Read More

Open Banking Implementation in UK Could be Improved by Stronger Leadership, Oversight: Report

Earlier this month the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) provided an update on the current state of open banking in the region. It comes after the release of a report from an independent investigator of allegations against the Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE)…. Read More

OurCrowd Signs MOU to Connect Israel with Colombia with New Fund, iNNPulsa Opens Office in Israel

Global investment platform OurCrowd has inked another Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – this time with an entity from Colombia. According to an email distributed by OurCrowd, they have signed an MOU with iNNpulsa to establish a fund to invest in OurCrowd portfolio companies, as well… Read More

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