Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

UK Financial Conduct Authority Releases Two Reports on Cryptocurrency and Consumer Interest

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has released two reports on cryptocurrency which were commissioned on behalf of the UK government. The FCA has previously published documents on the emerging “crypto-asset” sector as it seeks to better understand which digital assets should be regulated and… Read More

1Broker Settles SEC/CFTC Case “Without Admitting or Denying Factual Allegations”

1Broker, a Marshall Islands-registered company with a CEO based in Austria, has announced it has settled lawsuits filed against it by the US Securities regulators, the SEC and CFTC: “We are pleased to let you know that we settled the two lawsuits without admitting or… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Research: Fintech Can Boost Financial Inclusion if Regulatory Innovation Exists

A new report by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) states that if properly regulated, Fintech can “extend the benefits of financial inclusion to millions of unbanked and underbanked people around the world.” Fintech has the potential to provide enormous benefit for the less… Read More

State of Massachusetts Creates Fintech Working Group

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin has created a “Fintech Working Group. Galvin’s office oversees the states’ securities regulation. According to a report in the Boston Business Journal, Galvin had this to say about creating the Fintech group: “This working group includes key players from… Read More

Fintech Friendly Bank Nordea May Get Sucked into Money Laundering Scandal

Nordea Bank may be the next Scandinavian bank to get sucked into the money laundering scandal. Bloomberg is reporting that an upcoming broadcast that may reveal more details on money laundering have caused shares to drop. Apparently, a broadcast that will air by tomorrow will… Read More

FINRA Approves Circle’s Acquisition of SeedInvest, Continues Mission of Tokenization

FINRA has given their stamp of approval to the acquisition of SeedInvest by Circle. The crypto focused company announced the purchase of SeedInvest in October of 2018.  The acquisition of a regulated securities crowdfunding platform by the blockchain based Circle represented a seminal turning point… Read More

The Financial Conduct Authority Appoints First Director of Innovation

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has appointed its very first Director of Innovation.  According to a tweet by the financial regulator, Nick Cook has been selected to take over the new role. We’re delighted to announce that Nick Cook has been appointed as our… Read More

Head of European Securities and Markets Authority, Steven Maijoor, Says it is Time for Europe to Deliver on Crypto Regulation

Speaking at a Fintech conference in Brussels this past week, Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Chair Steven Maijoor, told the audience it was “time to deliver” when it comes to regulating crypto-assets and affiliated distributed ledger technology (DLT). Why aptly noting… Read More

Ontario Securities Commission Posts New Members of Fintech Advisory Committee

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has posted the new members of the regulator’s Fintech Advisory Committee (FAC). The FAC ostensibly advises the OSC on developments in the Fintech space while providing perspective on challenges facing emerging fintech firms. While there remains some overlap from last… Read More

Suspected Crypto Money Laundering Reports Increased 10-Fold After Japan Imposed Mandatory Reporting Rules

The Japan Times is reporting that the National Police Agency of Japan says it received 7000 reports of possible money laundering using cryptocurrencies in 2018. The represents a ten-fold jump in the number of reports submitted before December 2017, when Japan made it mandatory for cryptocurrency… Read More

Deputy of Russian Ruling Party Proposes Experimental Use of “Blockchain” Tech for Voting in Next Moscow Election

Russian state media outlet TASS reported February 26th that Dmitry Vyatkin, a deputy in Russia’s ruling United Russia party, has introduced a bill to have the Moscow City Duma (city hall) use an experimental blockchain voting system in the city’s next election. According to an… Read More

Disclosure Sandbox: CFPB Updates Sandbox Concept. Not Just for Fintech…

Last September, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a statement on their proposed regulatory sandbox – a concept trailblazed by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and since embraced by multiple regulators around the world. At the time of the earlier announcement, the CFPB… Read More

The SEC Asks Court Why Elon Musk Should Not be Held in Contempt for Tweets

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a motion for an order to show cause, on February 25, why Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, should not be held in contempt for violating the terms of the Court’s October 16, 2018, Final Judgment. The agreed… Read More

“My Big Coin” Creator, Randall Crater, Indicted in New York

The US District Court of Massachusetts has indicted Randall Crater, the man they allege led a “My Big Coin” cryptocurrency fraud that bilked primarily New York investors out of $6 million USD. Crater is charged with four counts of wire fraud and three counts of unlawful… Read More

Deal or No Deal? FCA Publishes Proposals if No Deal Brexit Emerges

The deadline is rapidly approaching for Brexit and still, there is not a mutually agreeable deal in sight. Of course, the date of the divorce could be pushed back but that does not mean preparations should push pause. The UK Financial Conduct Authority is in… Read More

Alleged “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” Crypto Con Artist Arrested in Mumbai

A man who promised astronomical returns to investors in “KBC Coin” (a cryptocurrency named after India’s popular Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) TV game show) has been arrested by police in Mumbai, The Hindu and Hard Fork report. Pritam Patil was reportedly apprehended after Nanasaheb Patil, an agricultural… Read More

Congressional Hearing with Fed Chair Jay Powell Elicits Several Questions on Crypto and Tokenization

It is almost inevitable that topics regarding Fintech surface in Congressional hearings that address the financial services industry. This week’s hearings involving the House Financial Services Committee and Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell were no different and some of the questionings went beyond payments. There… Read More

Initial Coin Offering Consultation by the Australian Government Closes Today

The Treasury of the Australian Government launched a public consultation on the initial coin offering (ICO) marketplace in January and the process closes today (February 28th). The consultation is part of a broader policy initiative to foster innovation in the financial services industry. Like much… Read More

SEC Charges Movie Creators, Daniel Adams and Michael Flanders, with Allegations of Fraud Regarding Film “An LA Minute”

Movie director Daniel Adams and music producer Michael Flanders, and companies under their control have been charged with fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The allegations of fraud are associated with the production of the film: An L.A. Minute. Adams has been involved… Read More

While Community Bankers Bash Square’s Attempt to Become a Bank, Hope Rises for Fintechs and the ILC Application Process

There has been growing chatter that Square (NYSE: SQ) may soon receive approval regarding their application to become an Industrial Loan Company (ILC) which is similar to a bank. The change of leadership at the FDIC has set a more positive tone for Fintechs and their… Read More

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