Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

Crypto Mining Firm Ebang Is Now Listed on Nasdaq Global Market, Only Second Mining Company Listed on a US Stock Exchange

Chinese firm Ebang, a leading developer of cryptocurrency mining hardware, confirmed on June 26, 2020, that it had been listed on the Nasdaq Global Market (under the EBON ticker). Notably, Ebang is only the second Bitcoin mining equipment manufacturer to go public on a US… Read More

Telegram Settles with the SEC, Pays $18.5 Million Fine, Returns Money to Investors

Telegram, the fast-growing social network that attempted to raise funds via a digital asset offering, has decided to settle an enforcement action initiated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to a release, the SEC has obtained court approval of a settlement with the… Read More

University Faculty Members from China and Singapore Make Disclosure Recommendations for Cryptocurrency Token Issuers

  The cryptocurrency market reached all-time highs of more than $800 billion during the initial coin offering (ICO) craze of 2017-2018. There were many huge scams carried out during this time, which involved seemingly promising, but too good to be true companies like BitConnect. While… Read More

House of Cards: Wirecard Management Says Ability to Continue as a Going Concern is Not Assured

Yesterday, it was reported that Wirecard AG (WDI:DE) had initiated bankruptcy proceedings as the company attempted to stave off a complete financial collapse created by a misplaced amount of funds totaling around €1.9 billion. Allegations of profound actions of fraud immediately followed as the former… Read More

PwC and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry Recommend that Banks, Fintechs Should Perform Video KYC Checks during COVID-19

A new report recommends that the Indian government should bring back subsidies for digital payments for transactions valued at less than INR 2,000 (appr. $26.50) and also implement Aadhaar-based electronic KYC checks for Fintechs, non-bank financial companies (NBFCs) and mutual funds. The report has been… Read More

Jack Abramoff, Marcus Andrade Charged by SEC with Fraudulent Unregistered Digital Asset Offering, AML Bitcoin

Jack Abramoff is making headlines once again. The notorious political lobbyist has been charged with fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in an unregistered offering of AML Bitcoin (ABTC). Abramoff, along with NAC Foundation (National Aten Coin) and its CEO Marcus Andrade allegedly… Read More

During House Hearing, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Queried about US Attorney in Southern District of New York Selection, Expects Much of the Exempt Securities Ecosystem Review to be Finished by End of Fiscal Year

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton parried with members of the House Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets today. The topic of the hearing was, “Capital Markets and Emergency Lending in the COVID-19 Era,” but too few of the questions aligned with the subject the… Read More

European Fintech Association Combines Several Entities to Create Single Voice for Fintechs in Europe

The recently launched European Fintech Association (EFA) is seeking to unite disparate voices in the fast-growing Fintech industry. The non profit is an entity that combines EFAlliance and FinTechs4Europe to provide a cogent approach to emerging European Union policy. In a recent release, the EFA… Read More

Reg CF Chatter: There are a Flood of New Funding Portal Applications

Word on the street is there has been a recent increase in applications to become a FINRA regulated Funding Portal. A funding portal is a relatively new entity created under the JOBS Act of 2012. Funding portals may raise capital under Regulation Crowdfunding, commonly referenced… Read More

Blockchain based Staking of Digital Assets Is Not like Traditional Bank Deposits because Process Involves Computer Code, Not Legal Entities, Software Developer Explains

Konstantin Kladko, the CTO at SKALE network who has a Ph.D. in Math and Physics, says staking of blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT)-based digital assets may be considered a license or permit to “do work which is limited in total.” He compares it to… Read More

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton to Testify Before House Subcommittee

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton is scheduled to testify on June 25th, at 12 pm ET, before the House Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship. and Capital Markets. The topic of the hearing is, “Capital Markets and Emergency Lending in the COVID-19 Era.” The hearing is a… Read More

IPC, a Global Communications Solutions Provider for Financial Markets, Partners Digital Reasoning to Identify Regulatory Risks Faster

IPC, a global provider of communications and networking solutions for the financial markets, has teamed up with Digital Reasoning, an established AI solutions provider that aims to better interpret human communications and behaviors. As noted in a release shared with CI: “The strategic partnership will… Read More

Perspective: Encourage Affordable Housing through “Community Investor” Crowdfunding Rules

Incentivize Affordable Housing through Crowdfunding Liberalization for Community Investors In recent decades, increases in urban employment and population have outpaced residential development in U.S. cities. Nationwide, from 1974 through 2008, the number of new homes exceeded the number of new households. But since 2009, the… Read More

New York Department of Financial Services Launches Virtual Currency Initiatives

The Superintendent of Financial Services of New York Linda A. Lacewell has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the State University of New York (SUNY) and the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) to launch a new SUNY-related virtual currency program called… Read More

EU Consultation on Payments Strategy Deadlines for Comments on Friday

The European Union initiated a consultation on its retail payments strategy last April. The deadline for comments is this Friday, June 26, 2020. The consultation addresses the digitization of payments and the belief that Europe needs a “strategic vision to ensure that consumers and companies… Read More

SEC: Final Judgement Received in Alleged Fraudulent Initial Coin Offering by Eran Eyal

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained a final judgment in an enforcement action against Eran Eyal, the founder and former chief executive officer of UnitedData, Inc., DBA Shopin, for conducting an allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO). Towards the end of 2019, the… Read More

HM Treasury: £40+ Billion Provided to Over 970K UK Businesses by COVID-19 Support Schemes

HM Treasury’s weekly update on the COVID-19 business support schemes indicates that lenders, both traditional banks and Fintechs, have provided a growing amount of financing to both smaller and larger firms impacted by the Coronavirus. The main government programs include; the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan… Read More

Future Fund Has Approved £236 Million in Convertible Loans for 252 Companies

The British Business Bank has distributed data on the Future Fund indicating £236.2 million worth of convertible loans have been approved for 252 companies. Launched on May 20, 2020, the Future Fund is a government plan designed to aid entrepreneurial young firms that did not… Read More

Japan’s Ruling Liberal Democratic Party Is Reportedly Planning to Make it Easier for Traditional Banks to Expand into Fintech and Other Sectors

The Japanese Liberal Democratic Party, the nation’s ruling-party, is reportedly planning to make it easier for local banking institutions to branch out into different sectors, which could help them compete with or even push back against emerging Fintech firms and other tech startups. The party’s… Read More

Decentralized Finance Ecosystem Supporter AVA Labs and KPMG Continue to Address Fintech Challenges and Opportunities in Mexico

Mexico has been able to strategically position itself as a leading financial technology hub by serving as a gateway for the booming Latin American Fintech sector. The Mexican government enacted the nation’s progressive and comprehensive Fintech Law back in March 2018. It has reportedly been… Read More

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