Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission Updates Information on ICOs and Crypto Assets: Operate Lawfully

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has updated regulatory information pertaining to initial coin offerings (ICOs) and crypto-assets. In a release, ASIC recommended that businesses engaged in crypto “consider their legal obligations and satisfy themselves they are operating lawfully.” ASIC stated that their recent… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Does Not Want to “Legitimise” Immature Crypto Sector by Jumping to Regulate It

Citing concerns about “…anonymity, speed and cross-border nature of DPT (cryptocurrency or digital payment tokens) transactions,” the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has stated it does not want to hasten regulation of cryptocurrencies because of the potentially “legitimizing” and popularizing effect doing so could have…. Read More

When Howey, the SEC & CorpFin Met Bourbon

Some time ago, I started a small collection of interesting bourbons. A trip to Frankfurt, Kentucky, and a visit to Buffalo Trace, helped to seal my interest. During the trip, I purchased several bottles of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkel, which I consumed at my leisure… Read More

Fintech: The US-UK Financial Regulatory Working Group Meets in DC, New Financial Innovation Partnership Announced

The governments of the US and the UK held its second meeting of the US-UK Financial Regulatory Working Group in Washington, DC. The inaugural meeting of the Working Group took place in September 2018. The Working Group was formed to improve “bilateral regulatory cooperation with… Read More

IOSCO Looks for Feedback on Consultation Regarding Cryptocurrency Trading Platforms

The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has launched a consultation on “crypto asset trading platforms” or “CTPs.” Crypto exchanges have launched around the world to varying degrees of regulatory compliance – depending on the jurisdiction. IOSCO is the leading international policy forum for securities… Read More

Kik Battle Line: DefendCrypto Fund Seeks to Challenge the SEC & Current Regulatory Approach with Crypto

Kik Interactive Inc., a company based in Canada, raised about $100 million selling Kin tokens in an initial coin offering (ICO) during the midst of the hot crypto issuance market in 2017. First sold to accredited investors in a SAFT, once the platform was functional,… Read More

New Estonian Government Proposes Tighter Anti-Money Laundering Restrictions, Higher Standards for Crypto Businesses

For the past few years, cryptocurrency businesses have been flocking to Estonia, attracted by the relaxed regulatory climate the country provided as it vied to be a leader in digital banking in the Baltics. According to ERR News: “The rapidity and ease with which foreign… Read More

“CZ Binance” Files Countersuit Against Sequoia Capital

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Ex parte orders filed against the Binance crypto trading platforms by a leg of the VC firm Sequoia Capital have backfired as a judge’s staying of the orders have ushered in a countersuit against Sequoia brought by Binance CEO Changing Zhao, also known as “CZ,”… Read More

European Central Bank Paper Addresses Crypto Assets and Impact on Financial Stability

As part of their ongoing “Occasional Paper Series,” the European Central Bank (ECB) has published a missive entitled, Crypto-Assets: Implications for financial stability, monetary policy, and payments and market infrastructures.” The paper was produced by the ECB Crypto-Assets Task Force. The ECB has monitored digital… Read More

House Financial Service Committee’s New Task Forces Schedule First Hearings on Fintech Regulation and AI

The House Financial Services Committee under the leadership of Representative Maxine Waters announced the creation of two new task forces earlier this month. The Committee created a task force on Fintech  (Financial Technology) and AI (artificial intelligence). Yesterday the Committee included the first two meetings… Read More

Theresa May is Out. Brexit Worries Rise as Uncertainty Increases Risk Meanwhile Fintechs Persevere

Long-embattled Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will depart her office on June 7th thus initiating a scramble as to who will replace her in a historically important time for the UK. The ramifications of Brexit are profound and inestimable. But it is clear… Read More

Loatian Central Bank Reiterates Total Ban on Cryptocurrencies

The Central Bank of Laos’ Transaction System Management Department is reminding businesses and the public that the buying, selling and/or use of cryptocurrencies is banned in the country, English-language Laotian newspaper The Vientiane Times (VT) reports. The warning has reportedly been issued after the department noticed ads… Read More

SEC Sues Daniel Pacheco, Purveyor of Alleged $26.5 Million Crypto Pyramid Scheme “IPro”

The SEC has filed a civil suit against Daniel Pacheco, 45, of San Clemente, California, alleging he pervaded a cryptocurrency-based pyramid scheme called “IPro” that collected more than $26.5 million USD from investors: “The SEC’s complaint, filed Wednesday, alleges that from January 2017 through March… Read More

Van Eck Bitcoin ETF Proposal Delayed Again as SEC Seeks Specific Feedback from the Public

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has once again delayed Van Eck/Solid X’s application (for a rule change) to sell shares for a Bitcoin-based exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the Cboe’s BZX exchange. The request for a rule change to enable the Van Eck Bitcoin… Read More

French Digital Asset Association Gears Up to Champion Digital Assets in Europe and Beyond

Riding on the wings of the success of the Paris Blockchain Week, members of the French Association for the Management of Cryptoassets have decided to set up a larger and more formal association to take their endeavor to the next level.  Today, the founding members… Read More

Mixer Down: Cryptocurrency Anonymizing Service Shut Down by Europol

Police in the Netherlands and Luxembourg have seized six servers hosting Bestmixer.io, “one of the three largest mixing services for cryptocurrencies.” The seizures, cooperatively executed by the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD), Europol and the authorities in Luxembourg, have resulted in the complete shutdown… Read More

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Gives Props to Bermuda and Crypto Custody Approach

Securities custody is a challenging service even for analog firms. Crypto brings with it a whole host of nuanced hurdles when providing custody for digital assets. There are a few firms that have successfully launched custody for crypto – such as PrimeTrust. Fidelity is providing… Read More

Circle Fires 30 Employees Due to “Restrictive Regulatory Climate in the US”

Digital asset firm Circle has let go 10% of its workforce or 30 individual employees. Circle founder and CEO Jeremy Allaire explained the move in a series of tweets. Allaire said: “We made these changes in response to new market conditions, most importantly, an increasingly… Read More

Dutch Man Charged for Running Fraudulent 100 Million Euro Bitcoin Mining Scheme

A 33-year-old man in the central-Netherlands city of Apeldoorn has been arrested for allegedly using a fake cryptocurrency mining scheme to defraud 100 investors out of €100 million ($112 million USD), de Gederlander reports. Officers from The Tax Information and Investigation Service of the tax authorities (FIOD)… Read More

SEC Halts Diamond Related ICO, Charges Crypto Business Argyle Coin & Jose Angel Aman with Multi-Million Ponzi Scam

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has receved another emergency court order halting an alleged initial coin offering (ICO) fraud. According to the SEC, a $30 million Ponzi scheme, led by South Florida-based Argyle Coin, and its principal Jose Angel Aman, targeted over 300 US… Read More

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