Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

Class-Action Suit Launched Alleging Market Manipulation in Crypto, Targets Alameda Research & FTX Trading

A plaintiff called “Bitcoin Manipulation Abatement LLC” has launched a class-action suit against cryptocurrency derivatives exchange FTX, partner firm Alameda Research and several associated individuals alleging they are, “well known among cryptocurrency traders for being principal manipulators of the Bitcoin spot and Bitcoin derivatives markets.”… Read More

IOSCO Board: Stablecoins Like Libra Can Include Features that are Typical of Regulated Securities

The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has issued a statement on stablecoins. The concept of stablecoins has endured increasing regulatory scrutiny following the announcement by Facebook that it intends to issue Libra – a stablecoin expected to be backed by fiat currency and other… Read More

UK’s Tax Authority, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Makes Changes to Its Digital Asset Taxation Framework

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the UK’s tax, payments, and customs agency, has made changes to its crypto-asset taxation framework for local firms and individuals. HMRC, which creates tax guidelines and various other financial policies, published tax guidance updates that aim to clarify the… Read More

House Financial Services Committee Schedules Next Fintech Task Force Meeting to Discuss the Role of Big Data

Big data is on the agenda for the House Financial Services Committee’s Task Force on Financial Technology. The Fintech Task Force will convene for a hearing entitled, “Banking on Your Data: the Role of Big Data in Financial Services.” The Fintech Task Force is relatively… Read More

Federal Court Order Regarding Crypto ATM Coin Ends Up with Defendants Hit with $4.25 Million Penalty for Fraud & Misappropriation

An ongoing enforcement action brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) pertaining to a cryptocurrency called ATM Coin has been resolved with a federal court ordering defendants to pay over $4.25 million in penalties. The US District Court of Eastern District of New York… Read More

Malta’s Financial Services Authority Reportedly Received 21 Requests from Digital Asset Exchanges Interested in Acquiring Operational Licenses

The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), the financial regulator of Malta, has reportedly received 21 requests from digital asset exchanges that are interested in acquiring operational licenses under the island country’s Virtual Financial Assets (VFA) Act. As noted in a November 1 announcement on MFSA’s… Read More

Regtech: London-based Crypto Firm Knabu Is Testing Bank Regulatory Reporting with Blockchain Firm Factom

London-based crypto firm Knabu is reportedly testing bank regulatory reporting with US-based Factom, Inc., a blockchain innovations company that provides various blockchain as a service (BaaS) platforms. In statements shared with Coindesk, the UK-based company revealed that it launched its 30-day pilot on October 31,… Read More

Belgian Regulator’s List of Unlawful Crypto Sites Reaches 131 Names

The number of unlawful sites soliciting crypto investments from investors in Belgium has now reached 131 entities, an update to list of such sites indexed by the country’s Financial Services Markets Authority (FSMA) indicates. Even then, “This list cannot be considered as exhaustive,” the regulator… Read More

Chinese City Guangzhou’s Government Announces 1 Billion Yuan Blockchain Subsidy Fund

The government of Guangzhou, the capital and most populous city of China’s Guangdong province, has reportedly launched a $140 million subsidy fund in order to support the ongoing development of several local blockchain projects. Guangzhou’s authorities intend to allocate around 1 billion yuan (appr. $141… Read More

Five European Countries Uniting to Stall Libra, Facebook’s Proposed Global Cryptocurrency

Deputy finance ministers from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands have been meeting behind closed doors throughout October to devise a strategy to prevent Facebook from launching its proposed Libra cryptocurrency network among its 2.5 billion users next year. According to four sources to Politico EU,… Read More

California Will Not Act Against Banks Providing Services to Cannabis Companies but Risk Remains

Earlier this month, the California Department of Business Oversight issued Cannabis Banking Guidance regarding state regulation. California is one of a growing number of states that have legalized Cannabis consumption. While California, and multiple US states, have legalized Cannabis usage, it still is illegal at… Read More

Liechtenstein Reports Positive Reception at UN Regarding Blockchain Regulation and Token Economy

According to a release from the principality of Liechtenstein, a panel on the new Liechtenstein Blockchain legislation presented at the UN in New York has been well received. Earlier this month, the Liechtenstein Parliament unanimously passed the “Token and VT Service Providers’ Act” (TVTG). The law… Read More

NASAA President Christopher Gerold Comments on Fintech

Christopher Gerold, President of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), recently spoke at NASAA’s 2019 Fintech & Cybersecurity Symposium. Gerold is also the Chief of the New Jersey Bureau of Securities. Gerold had this to say about Fintech: “Advances in financial technology [Fintech] and… Read More

Kik Issues Subpoenas to SEC Head of CorpFin Bill Hinman & More

Filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York this week, Kik Interactive opened up the big guns by issuing multiple subpoenas to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Kik is the target of an SEC enforcement action alleging the sales… Read More

Open Road: Paxos Receives No Action Letter from the SEC Pertaining to Paxos Settlement Service

On October 25, 2019, Paxos sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Division of Trading and Markets. The letter was in request to receive a No Action letter from the SEC in regards to Paxos’s operation of a securities settlement system. Paxos… Read More

European Banking Authority Tells European Commission to Pick Up the Pace in Facilitating Cross Border Banking, Payments & More

The European Commission is well known for talking a lot but, at times, doing very little. The Europea Banking Authority is out with a report today telling the Commission to pick up the pace when it comes to cross border activity in banking, payments and… Read More

Everybody Wants it: Survey Indicates that 97% of Merchants Want Open Banking as Provided by PSD2

A recenty survey indicates that merchants are very interested in Open Banking. While the topic started as an esoteric policy goal with few people really understanding what it meant, a report from Sentenial/Nuapay indicates popular interest exists and that 97% of merchants are already looking… Read More

House of Representatives Passes the Crowdfunding Amendments Act by Voice Vote

The US House of Representatives passed HR 4860 or the Crowdfunding Amendments Act by a voice vote today thus indicating broad bipartisan support. The bill was part of a grouping of five financial services bills each quickly approved by the House. The bill was introduced by… Read More

Report: Chinese Foreign Exchange Official Says Digital Currencies Must Be Regulated to Prevent Illegal Capital Flows

Reuters is reporting that Sun Tianqi, chief accountant at China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), told financiers assembled at the Bund Summit in Shanghai this week that governments in emerging markets must regulate cryptocurrencies because they can be used to transmit capital illegally and could… Read More

UAE’s Securities and Commodities Authority Prepares Draft of a Resolution on Regulating Digital Assets

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) has prepared a  draft of a resolution on regulating digital assets, which aims to offer more clarity for cryptocurrency-related initiatives in the Middle Eastern country. Comments are being accepted until October 29, 2019. With the… Read More

Send this to a friend