Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

China to Include P2P lending Industry into Credit System On September 2nd, the special working group for Fintech risk ratification and special working group for online lending administration jointly issued a notice, requiring all p2p lending institutions to be connected to the credit system established… Read More

New York Regtech Trade Mission: UK Department of International Trade Seeks Applicants to Participate in Regtech Focused Trip to US

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is seeking applications from the UK Regtech sector to participate in a Regtech Mission to New York. The DIT Mission is scheduled to take place from November 13 to 15th. DIT states that the Mission offers UK firms the… Read More

Interim Overstock CEO: tZERO Investigation by SEC “Almost Dormant”

An investigation by the SEC into a $134 million STO (security token offering) by Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK) subsidiary tZERO seems “almost dormant,” Overstock interim CEO Jonathan Johnson told Fox Business this week. Johnson, stepped to helm Overstock, after long-time CEO and founder Patrick Byrne resigned August 22nd…. Read More

Thai Police Arrest “Cryptocurrency Wizard” Involved in Alleged $16 Million USD Crypto Fraud

More crypto action in Thailand this week as a man alleged to have worked as part of a Thai-Vietnamese gang that defrauded investors “in at least 10 Asian nations” via cryptocurrencies was arrested while recreating on a Bangkok soccer field Wednesday, The Bangkok Post reports…. Read More

New York State Department of Financial Services Superintendent Authorizes Paxos to Offer First Gold-Backed Virtual Currency in New York State

Superintendent of Financial Services Linda A. Lacewell announced on Thursday the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has authorized Paxos Trust Company LLC to offer a gold-backed virtual currency. Lacewell reported that this is the first gold-backed virtual currency that is being offered… Read More

Strategic Consultant to US Senate: Crypto Miners and Issuers Should Abide by Bank Secrecy Act

The vice-president of the Financial Integrity Network, a strategic advisory firm to governments, global and regional banks and other institutions, has advised that all entities in the cryptocurrency production and distribution chain be brought under the auspices of the Bank Secrecy Act. According to Search… Read More

Lagarde Calls for Careful Regulating of Fintech, Crypto Sectors in ECB Campaign Speech

Outgoing IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde has called for the careful regulation of cryptocurrencies and the Fintech sector in a campaign speech she made before the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament this week. Lagarde has been nominated to lead the European Central Bank… Read More

Conference of State Bank Supervisors Denied Again as DC Federal Court Shoots Down Attempt to Challenge OCC Fintech Charter

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) has been rebuffed once again in its attempt to stymie looming Fintech banking competition. In a decision issued yesterday (September 3, 2019), the US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered that the CSBS pursuit of a… Read More

Dutch Central Bank Tells Crypto Firms to “Prepare for Supervision”

The Netherlands’ central bank has advised the country’s cryptocurrency sector to prepare to come under the regulator’s “integrity supervision” scheme by the 10th of January 2020. De Nederlandsche Bank says it is, “required to start supervising these businesses under the fifth European anti-money laundering directive (AMLD5)… Read More

CCAF Benchmarking Report: Global Regtech Tops $5 Billion in 2018 as Startup Activity Surges

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has published its first “Global RegTech Benchmarking Report,” sponsored by EY Japan. According to the research, the Regtech industry has topped $5 billion in revenue in 2018 following a five-year surge in startup activity. CCAF reports that, while… Read More

Man Facing 20 Years in Connecticut for Alleged Theft of Mobile Phone and Cryptocurrency

A man named Darren Carter has been charged with Identity Theft 1st Degree in Connecticut for stealing a man’s phone in California and then using it to access that victim’s Coinbase cryptocurrency account to steal $15,472.31 USD. The Westport Police Department alleges that Carter stole… Read More

European Central Bank Official Calls Facebook’s Libra “Treacherous” and “Cartel-Like”

Private money on the scale of Facebook’s Libra is dangerous and likely contrary to the public good, Yves Mersch, Executive Board Member of the ECB told the ESCB Legal Conference in Frankfurt September 2nd: “In the field of money, history bears testament to two basic truths…. Read More

Bulgaria Drafts Bill Obliging Anti-Money Laundering Programs at Crypto Platforms

A draft bill designed to bring Bulgaria in line with anti-money laundering regimes in Europe and smooth the country’s bid to join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM II) and Banking Union has passed first reading in the Bulgarian parliament, Kinstellar reports. According to the… Read More

Wasabi Wallet User Arrested for Handling Bitcoins from “Serious Crime”

In a Reddit post titled, “Warning about using Wasabi: it can ruin your life,” a poster called “u/green105” has alleged that his or her partner was arrested and jailed “for days” for innocently handling Bitcoins traced to a serious crime. Wasabi is a Bitcoin wallet… Read More

French Cyber Police Take Down Monero Botnet Big Enough “To Bring Down All…Websites on the Planet”

“Cybergendarmes” from France’s C3N anti-cybercrime centre have dismantled a botnet that infected 850 000 computers worldwide with a virus to mine the privacy cryptocurrency Monero, BBC reports. The botnet (a network of “zombified” computers commandeered by a virus to proliferate viruses) is believed to have… Read More

Japan’s Finance Regulator Reminds Crypto Sector About Revised Laws, Plans More Laws

The agency regulating Japan’s financial markets, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), with the cooperation of the Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA), has called on the country’s crypto sector to make sure it is familiar with revised laws The agency has also announced it will be… Read More

Prosecutors: Accused Capital One Hacker Also Used Victims’ Servers for Cryptomining

A Seattle woman and former Amazon Web Services employee accused of stealing personal data from credit card-issuer Capital One and 30 other companies also used victim’s servers to mine cryptocurrency, prosecutors in the State of Washington allege. Paige Thompson is accused of accessing victims’ servers… Read More

Australian Jailed in Colorado for Laundering Money Using Bitcoin

An Australian living in Boulder, Colorado has been sentenced to one year and a day in prison and 12 months probation for laundering money using Bitcoins. Emilio Testa, age 32, was arrested after selling bitcoins to undercover agents. “According to the stipulated facts contained in… Read More

Digital Assets: Tokenizing EB-5 Investments

Each year, billions of dollars in direct foreign investment flow to U.S. developers and entrepreneurs under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The program gives foreign investors the opportunity to obtain permanent U.S. residency – a green card – if they make a qualifying investment in… Read More

UN Official Says Cryptocurrencies Making Child Exploitation Easier, More Profitable

Content warning: This article contains brief descriptions of the abuse of children. Reader discretion is advised. Cryptocurrencies are making cyber-crime, terror financing, money laundering and child exploitation much easier, Neil Walsh, chief of the Cybercrime and Anti-Money-Laundering section of the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime… Read More

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