Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

US Dept of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Sanctions Individuals, Entities for Attempting to Undermine 2020 US Presidential Election: Report

On April 15, 2021, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned 16 individuals and 16 entities for “attempting to undermine and influence the 2020 US presidential election,” blockchain security firm CipherTrace noted in a blog post. CipherTrace also mentioned… Read More

American Fintech Council Expands to Include Over 75 Members, Regulatory Tech and Legal Advisory Committees to Support Policy Development

The American Fintech Council has reportedly expanded to include over 75 members. The Council has also announced several new leadership initiatives, according to a release. As noted in the announcement, the newly formed committees will be including the Regulatory Technology Committee and Legal Advisory Committee… Read More

Turkey Bans Crypto From Being Used in Payments & Transfers

Earlier today, the official newspaper of Turkey published new regulations issued by the Central Bank of Turkey. According to the new rules, crypto-assets may no longer be used as a form of payments or transfers as of April 30, 2021. According to Reuters, Ahmed Faruk… Read More

Are NFTs Securities? OMG!

On March 11th, Beeple became the third highest-paid living artist with a $69M sale of one of his works as an NFT, a non-fungible token on the blockchain. This sale is one of many at the front of NFTs, blockchain’s latest hype machine of digital… Read More

Dr. Joshua Ellul, Chairman of Malta Digital Innovation Authority, Shares Preprint of Paper on Pragramatic Approach to AI Regulation

Dr. Joshua Ellul, Chairman of Malta Digital Innovation Authority; Expert Evaluator at European Commission; Director of Centre for DLT at University of Malta, has shared a preprint for a paper that his team plans to present in June 2021 on a “pragmatic” approach to the… Read More

Congress to Bring Big Bank CEOs Back to the Hill

The Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, Maxine Waters, and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Sherrod Brown, have jointly announced a new round of hearings that will see the CEOs of the top US banks testify in front of each… Read More

State of Massachusetts Seeks to Revoke Robinhood’s Broker Dealer License, Robinhood Responds

In a blog post today, Robinhood responded to an attempt by the State of Massachusetts Securities Division to revoke Robinhood’s broker-dealer license in the state thus blocking its ability to operate. Robinhood said they have filed in Massachusetts State Court a complaint and motion for… Read More

Gary Gensler Approved by Senate as Chairman of the SEC

In a floor vote yesterday, the US Senate approved the selection of Gary Gensler as the next Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The current SEC Commissioners joined in welcoming the new Chair stating: “A warm congratulations to Gary Gensler on his Senate confirmation… Read More

SEC Commissioner Peirce Pitches Token Safe Harbor Proposal Version 2.0

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce has posted an update to her Token Safe Habor proposal. Back in February 2020, Commissioner Peirce revealed her proposal in an effort to create a regulatory environment that supported Fintech innovation while acknowledging the unique characteristics of digital assets. Since the… Read More

A Conundrum of NFTs: Five Things About NFTs That May Surprise You

A murder of crows.  A pride of lions. A school of fish.  A conundrum of NFTs.  At least that’s how it feels when faced with the ever-growing craze for non-fungible tokens.  Here are five things about NFTs that may surprise you. They’re just another type… Read More

Crypto Intelligence Firm CipherTrace Is Using Chainlink to Help DeFi Apps Follow OFAC Sanctions Requirements

Cryptocurrency intelligence firm CipherTrace is reportedly using Chainlink to release CipherTrace DeFi Compli: a compliance solution enabling decentralized or non-custodial exchanges (DEXs) and other DeFi apps to adhere to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions requirements. As part of its decentralized finance (DeFi)… Read More

Expert Slams FinCEN Proposed Rules on Virtual Currency and Other Digital Assets as a Mistake and Lose-Lose

Several months ago, FinCEN submitted for publication in the Federal Register its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding certain transactions that involve virtual currency or digital assets. FinCEN or the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network is a bureau of the US Department of the Treasury that… Read More

Mark Cuban and ConsenSys CEO Joseph Lubin Backed Nifty’s Appoints Olta Andoni, as NFT Legal Expert

Billionaire Mark Cuban-backed Nifty’s has reportedly hired Olta Andoni, an NFT copyright legal expert as its new Chief Legal Officer. Andoni will notably be the first CLO of the nascent non-fungible token or NFT-focused social media platform. Nifty’s is a fairly new online network for… Read More

US District Cour Enters Default Judgment Ordering David Gilbert Saffron and Circle Society Corp. to Pay $32 Million for Crypto Fraud

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) reports that the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada has entered a default judgment against defendants David Gilbert Saffron and Circle Society, Corp. for a cryptocurrency fraud and a misappropriation scheme. The final judgment is the result… Read More

Digital Assets: Anchorage GC Georgia Quinn Shares Why Receiving a National Bank Charter is Key

Back in January of this year, Anchorage, a top crypto platform for institutions, announced that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) had conditionally approved  Anchorage Trust Company, a South Dakota chartered trust company, to become Anchorage Digital Bank, National Association. Thus, Anchorage… Read More

SEC Concludes Fraud Case Against Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform iFunding and Co-Founder

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained final judgment concluding the fraud case against real estate crowdfunding platform iFunding and defendant William C. Skelley. iFunding was an early entrant in the real estate crowdfunding market that issued securities under Reg D 506c, a new… Read More

Price of XRP Rises as Perception Improves of Ongoing Lawsuit Between Ripple and SEC

Back in December of 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) posted a complaint alleging that Ripple engaged in the sale of an unregistered security. The enforcement action included Christian Larsen, the company’s co-founder, executive chairman of its board, and former CEO, and Bradley Garlinghouse,… Read More

Court Enters Order Authorizing IRS to Serve John Doe Summons on Fintech Circle to Obtain Info on US Taxpayers’ Crypto Transactions

A federal court in the District of Massachusetts recently entered an order that authorizes the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to serve a John Doe summons on Circle Internet Financial Inc., “or its predecessors, subsidiaries, divisions, and affiliates, including Poloniex LLC.” According to a release,… Read More

Seedrs Founder: Competition and Markets Authority is Stifling Government’s Ambitions for Robust Tech Sector

Coming off the revelation that the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was not inclined to approve the merger between Seedrs and Crowdcube, Seedrs co-founder and Chairman Jeff Lynn was recently interviewed by the FT. Speaking with the broadsheet, Lynn “warned that the UK competition… Read More

Compliant Blockchain Infrastructure Firm Paxos Completes Same Day Stock Settlement with Credit Suisse and Instinet

Paxos to Apply for Formal Clearing Agency License from the SEC Paxos Trust Company, a compliant blockchain infrastructure provider, has completed a same-day settlement of US-listed equity trades in partnership with Instinet and Credit Suisse. Same-day settlement is colloquially known as T+0 – currently, financial… Read More

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