Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

US Department of Justice Outlines Thefts Performed by North Korean Hackers, Involved Over $1.3 Billion of Money and Cryptocurrency

The US Department of Justice has announced an indictment of three North Korean hackers said to be involved with the Korean military regarding   to cyberattacks and financial including theft of money and cryptocurrency.  The indictment is an expansion of a 2018 case outlining similar nefarious… Read More

Coinbase Recommends Using CoinTracker, a Free Tool for Calculating Taxes on Cryptocurrency Transactions

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San Francisco-based crypto exchange Coinbase says it’s focused on helping its customers during tax season (in the United States) Lawrence Zlatkin, Vice President, Tax, Coinbase, notes that for the second consecutive year, taxpayers will be asked on their tax return forms questions regarding digital currencies…. Read More

First Digital Securities Issuance Platform Simetria Receives No Action Letter from Israel Securities Authority

Simetria has received a no-action letter from the Israel Securities Authority. Simetria says it will launch the first digital securities offering platform at some point in May 2021. Simetria added that it has also requested a permit that would allow it to settle digital securities… Read More

Global Digital Finance Broadly Agrees with Hong Kong Proposal to Regulate VASPs but Worries that Blocking Retail from Crypto is Wrong Move

Last November, Hong Kong kicked off a consultation pertaining to anti-money laundering (AML) and counter finance terrorist (CFT) regulation that will impact cryptocurrency exchanges or virtual asset service providers (VASPs). The deadline for comments delivered to the Hong Kong Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FTSB),… Read More

UK Banks Say they Need to be “Liberated” to Invest in IT to Defend Against Fintech Challengers, Big Tech, US Banks

The Bank of England (BoE) is getting ready for its first major break from European Union regulations with a new proposal that might make bank capital rules a lot more strict in the UK (when compared to other jurisdictions). The European Banking Authority had noted… Read More

CSA Responds to Ontario Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce Report: NCFA – The present system is simply not good enough

Last month, the Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce in Ontario, Canada, issued its final report as to how to improve capital formation and affiliated economic growth and prosperity. The Taskforce’s goal was to “address the issues of tomorrow’s capital markets with bold and innovative recommendations that… Read More

House Committee on Financial Services Hearing to Include Robinhood CEO, Reddit Co-Founder and More

The House Committee on Financial Services, Chaired by Maxine Waters, has announced the witnesses on the forthcoming hearing entitled “Game Stopped? Who Wins and Loses When Short Sellers, Social Media, and Retail Investors Collide.” Witnesses include: Vlad Tenev, Chief Executive Officer, Robinhood Markets, Inc. Steve Huffman, Chief Executive… Read More

Nigerian Senate Admits they Can’t Ban or Control Pseudonymous Bitcoin (BTC) Transactions

A Nigerian crypto trader is claiming that they sold off all their coins (crypto-assets) following the government’s directives regarding cryptocurrencies. The trader also noted that they’ve now withdrawn all their proceeds, but they haven’t “seen a dime” in their bank account and it’s been more… Read More

Miami Goes All In on Bitcoin as Mayor Francis Suarez Looks to Use BTC for Payments, Florida Wins Again

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is going all-in on Bitcoin as he announced via Twitter that he has requested the city manager to research a vendor to facilitate Bitcoin payments as well as paying employees in Bitcoin. Crypto insiders quickly embraced the move with Anthony Pompliano… Read More

Digital Banking: More than 40 Parties Submitted Virtual Banking License Application in Malaysia, Reserve Bank Reveals

During a recently-held online press conference, Bank Negara Malaysia Governor, Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus stated that more than 40 parties have formally expressed their interest with the reserve bank to acquire a digital banking license (by submitting an online application). Malaysia’s virtual banking framework… Read More

Pakistan Is Now Fully Committed to Supporting Fintech Startups, Also Updates Foreign Equity Investment Policy

Arshad Mehmood Bhatti, Director, Exchange Policy Department at the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the nation’s central bank, has noted that the SBP has updated its Foreign Exchange Manual in order to facilitate local startups and Fintech firms in the country. The manual was also… Read More

Social Media Chatter Drives SEC to Suspend Trading in SCIE

The Securities and Exchange Commission issued a statement that it has suspended trading in SpectraScience (OTC:SCIE) that was allegedly touted on social media. SpectraScience is delinquent in its reporting and has not filed reports since 2017. The SEC states that the phone number on the… Read More

United Nations Experts Claim that North Korea Might be Responsible for $281 Million Crypto Hacking Incident, KuCoin May have been Victim

A new United Nations inquiry into the reported theft of $281 million in crypto-assets from  KuCoin, a major digital currency exchange, in September 2020 “strongly suggests” links to North Korea. Industry participants claim that Seychelles-headquartered KuCoin could be the victim of one of the largest… Read More

US Department of Treasury Hosts Financial Innovation Roundtable, Secretary Yellen Says Misuse of Crypto is a Growing Problem

The US Department of Treasury hosted the U.S. Financial Sector Innovation Policy Roundtable the past two days. Policymakers and regulators, as well as members of the private sector, participated in the meeting to discuss policy issues surrounding Fintech and innovation “fostering economic recovery, competitiveness, and financial… Read More

Resolution Foundation Warns UK Government on Creating Zombie Firms, Conister Responds Saying BBLS and CBILS Kept Firms Alive

Earlier today, the Resolution Foundation published a report called On firm ground? The impact of Covid-19 on firms and what policymakers should do in response. The report seeks to assess the current state of corporates while setting out priorities for policymakers to allow enable firms… Read More

France: AMF Chairman Embraces EC Move to Regulate Crypto Assets, “Potential gains to be expected from DLT can be significant”

Speaking about the ongoing digital transformation of financial services the Chairman of the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), Robert Ophèle, commented on the emergence of crypto assets (digital assets) for both non-securities and securities. Ophèle first noted the ongoing COVID health crisis has helped… Read More

UK Arrests Eight in SIM Swap Hack of Celebrities Where Bitcoin and Money Were Stolen

The UK National Crime Agency (NCA), working in concert with the US Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Santa Clara DA’s Office, have arrested eight men, aged 18 to 26, in England and Scotland in regards to SIM Swap hacks… Read More

Digital Transformation Specialist Fenergo Reveals that Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong Ranked Highest for Issuing Fines for Financial Crimes

A new study by Fenergo, provider of digital transformation, customer journey and client lifecycle management (CLM) software, has revealed that Malaysia ranked the highest for data privacy fines in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. Fines from Malaysian authorities totaled nearly $4 billion this past year. Neighboring… Read More

Nevada Plans to Allow Tech Giants to form their Own Governments to Collect Taxes, Offer Other Govt Services to Boost Digital Economy

The US State of Nevada will reportedly be allowing tech giants to launch their own governments in order to collect taxes, establish school districts and courts as well, presumably in an attempt to attract more large firms. The very first “smart city’ could be launched… Read More

New Data Regulation to Draw on Notions of Privacy, Data Localization Another Key Trend in 2021, According to Blockchain Professional

Li Jun, Founder of Ontology and the SAGA Protocol, notes that we’re now living through an “activist period” of data regulation that will most likely dictate how our economies function for “generations to come.” Jun pointed out that most industries have “precedents” for regulation that… Read More

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