Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

European Blockchain Partnership Continues to Add Members as Lichtenstein Joins

Earlier today, the Principality of Liechtenstein signed a declaration joining the European Blockchain Partnership (EBP). Liechtenstein is now the 28th European country in the Partnership. The EBP launched in April of 2018 when 21 EU member states, plus Norway, agreed to cooperate in the establishment of a… Read More

Chamber of Digital Commerce Calls on the US Government, Including Congress, to Formulate a Blockchain Action Plan

The Chamber of Digital Commerce is calling on the US to act when it comes to policy regarding blockchain (or distributed ledger technology – DLT) and digital assets. The Chamber has long been at the forefront of the policy debate when it comes to cryptocurrency… Read More

The Global Financial Innovation Network Now Open for Applications

The Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN) is now open for applications. GFIN is a group of 29 international organisations including the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as well as the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and… Read More

Caution: Online Funding Platforms Will Encounter More Regulatory Scrutiny in 2019

On January 22, 2019, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released its examination priorities for 2019.  At the top of the list was online funding platform compliance with the securities laws. With an uptick in the offer and sale of securities offerings online with Rule… Read More

Korean Government Upholds ICO Ban: “No Company Had Actual Service,” Tokens Dumped

Citing “high risk,” “insufficient disclosure,” “no actual service” and token dump price plunges of 68% immediately after privately sold coins are introduced onto public exchanges, the Korean Government has decided to uphold strict regulation (reportedly a ban) on ICOs (initial coin offerings). The government made the decision… Read More

CBOE Files for Rule Change with SEC Regarding Bitcoin ETF Approval

Yesterday, the Cboe filed for a rule change pertaining to listing a Bitcoin-based Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). The filing comes following the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) ossification on the matter having. The SEC has already rejected multiple requests for a crypto ETF. Earlier this month,… Read More

Securities Commission Malaysia Announces Guidelines for Trading of Digital Assets, ICOs to Follow in March

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has updated their “Guidelines on Recognized Markets” to facilitate the trading of digital assets. The Securities Commission Malaysia has a reputation as being forward thinking when it comes to innovative financial services and is recognized for its encouragement of Fintech in… Read More

Senate Banking Committee Agenda for 116th Congress Has Fintech on the List

Yesterday, the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs outlined their top priorities for the 116th Congress. The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Mike Crapo, explained: “[we] will continue to identify and move bipartisan legislative solutions that promote economic growth; build a record for… Read More

US House of Representatives Approves Legislation to Study How Cryptocurrencies are Used in Drug and Human Trafficking

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill requiring the Comptroller General of the US to study how cryptocurrencies and online marketplaces “are used to facilitate” human trafficking (sex trafficking) and drug trafficking. The bill garnered broad bi-partisan support. The purpose of the study is… Read More

Prolonged Hack on New Zealand Cryptopia Exchange Continues

Researchers at blockchain forensics firm Elementus who extensively documented the days- long, $16 million USD hack against New Zealand-based crypto exchange Cryptopia two weeks ago now claim that the same hacker has struck again at Cryptopia. According to Elementus, “Though Cryptopia remains silent…” about the… Read More

Swiss Firm Producing Physical Bank Notes Representing the Marshall Islands “Sovereign” Cryptocurrency

A Switzerland-based firm called Tangem has announced it will be providing the physical bank notes representing the Marshall Island’s new “Sovereign” (SOV) cryptocurrency. Creation of the “Sovereign” by the Marshall Islands’ government has been the subject of some controversy. In September, the International Monetary Fund warned that… Read More

CipherTrace Report: Bad Actors Scammed and Stole $1.7 Billion in Cryptocurrency in 2018 – and the Fraud is Predicted to Get Bigger

CipherTrace is out with a report on cryptocurrency scams and fraud. It is widely known that crypto suffers from rampant acts of theft and cons as these digital assets have become the targets of global criminals seeking an easy payday or simply to launder illicit… Read More

Report: Kik Plans to Battle Expected SEC Enforcement Action Regarding $100 Million ICO

In a report this past weekend, Kik – a Canada based company, indicated its intent to battle an anticipated enforcement action by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to WSJ.com, Kik is willing to go to the mat with the Commission in the… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Issues Another Warning Regarding Bogus Websites Promoting Cryptocurrency Investments

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued another warning regarding bogus websites promoting fraudulent cryptocurrency investments that are claimed to be supported by the government of Singapore. MAS provided a single example of a fabricated CNBC site that prominently states: “Singapore Officially Backs a… Read More

Regional Director of the SEC’s Fort Worth Office Who Pursued AriseBank’s ICO Fraud Departs Agency

Shamoil T. Shipchandler, the Director of the Fort Worth Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission, has departed the agency, according to a note by the SEC. During his tenure in Fort Worth, Shipchandler pursued some “novel cases” including cryptocurrency fraud. Shipchandler oversaw a team… Read More

The House Passes the Financial Technology Protection Act Designed to Combat Illicit Activities that Use Fintech Such as Digital Currencies

The House of Representatives passed several bills today and included in the mix was the Financial Technology Protection Act, (H.R. 56). The legislation was introduced by Congressman Stephen Lynch and Congressman Ted Budd and garnered bi-partisan support. The bill establishes an “Independent Financial Technology Task… Read More

Doug Ellenoff Comments on FINRA’s Priorities Letter & Intent to Target Online Securities Platforms, Points a Finger at ICOs

FINRA recently posted their annual Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter. As part of the letter, FINRA stated they would be evaluating how firms conduct suitability analyses as well as communications and AML requirements for both Reg D 506c and Reg A+ offerings. These two exemptions… Read More

GDPR by the Numbers: the European Commission Provides a Glance at the Data

GDPR or the General Data Protection Regulation is a big deal. GDPR was designed to better protect consumers and their digitized information. While clearly not perfect, GDPR is the direct result of big corporations failing their customers with poor security protocols, lackluster attention to cyberfraud… Read More

Smart Regulation Will Help Blockchain. We Need to Get Involved

We often hear that “code is law”. It means that all transactions happening on decentralized networks are final and immutable. It does not mean, however, that code derives from the law. The legal frameworks we operate within are not God-given. They are social agreements that… Read More

FINRA’s Annual Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter Targets Online Platforms Issuing Securities

Last week, FINRA issued its annual Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter for 2019. The letter is a reference point as to what FINRA expects to target in the coming year. The missive includes an opening by FINRA President and CEO, Robert Cook, who said… Read More

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