Tagged: aml

Report: US Department of Treasury, Financial Stability Oversight Council, has set up a Working Group on Cryptocurrency

This should come as no surprise but the US Department of Treasury, Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), has established a working group to address the emergence of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and more. The announcement came on the heels of a meeting of… Read More

Singapore Deputy PM Responds to AML/Anti-Terror Financing Questions Regarding Cryptocurrency

Last week, a Singapore Member of Parliament, Foo Mee Har, posed some questions to the Singapore Prime Minister regarding enforcement of anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing and Bitcoin utilization where “conventional oversight mechanisms of the real money market do not apply.” Singapore Deputy Prime… Read More

SaftLaunch Struggles with tZero Initial Coin Offering Demand

tZero, a compliant securities token offering, is experiencing significant demand. While it is hard to quantify, we have been hearing chatter for some time now that SaftLaunch, the issuing platform, has struggled to manage all of the inbound requests legitimate and otherwise. In a letter… Read More

Malaysia Issues Consultation Paper on Regulating Cryptocurrencies

The central bank of Indonesia, Bank Negara Malaysia,  has published a consultation report on regulating Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The action by the Bank comes at a time when popular interest in Bitcoin is increasing due to the dramatic rise in price and the addition… Read More

Australian Fintech Industry Approves: Legislation Passed on AML for Cryptocurrencies

FinTech Australia, the advocacy group for Australia’s burgeoning Fintech industry, has given its seal of approval following the Australian Parliament’s passage of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) legislation.  According to Fintech leaders, the governmental approach regarding cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, will position Australia as a world leader… Read More

The Bitcoin Foundation Updates on Impending US Legislation that May Cripple All Cryptocurrencies

The Bitcoin Foundation has been working diligently to mitigate language of pending legislation, “The Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017″ (S.1241), in the US Senate that would define anyone issuing, redeeming or cashing Bitcoin as a financial institution. Think about what that… Read More

UK: Risk of Using Cryptocurrencies in Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing Said to be Low but Expected to Grow

“Cybercrime as a Service” is a Growing Problem In the UK, HM Treasury and the Home Office have published a report on money laundering and terrorist financing. As one of the largest economies in the world that is based on global trade and quite open… Read More

First Proof of Concept: KYC Blockchain Created by ASEAN Banks

OCBC Bank, HSBC and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), along with Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), have successfully completed a proof-of-concept for a Know Your Customer (KYC) blockchain. OCBC Bank is the longest established bank in Singapore formed in 1932 from the merger of three… Read More

House Committee Mentions Cryptocurrency Use by Terrorists

The House Financial Services Committee, Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee, held a hearing yesterday to analyze strategies to combat financial backing of lone-wolf and small-scale terrorist attacks. As part of the discussion the usage of using cryptocurrencies as a method for transferring funds was addressed…. Read More

Trulioo Expands into Korea with AML/KYC Solution

Trulioo, an on-demand global identity verification company, has expanded coverage to the Republic of Korea with its GlobalGateway platform. GlobalGateway was created to help businesses comply with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) rules and has evolved to support a diverse range of identity… Read More

Needed Policy Reforms to Improve Entrepreneurs’ Access to Capital

Capital formation and entrepreneurship improve economic growth, productivity and real wages. Existing securities laws impede entrepreneurial capital formation. To promote prosperity, Congress and a reconstituted Securities and Exchange Commission need to systematically reduce or eliminate state and federal regulatory barriers hindering entrepreneurs’ access to capital…. Read More

Comments Due for US Treasury Proposal to Add Compliance & Cost to Crowdfunding Portals

FinCEN, a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, has proposed changing the regulatory definition of a “broker or dealer in securities.”  The proposed amendment will impact crowdfunding portals as created under the JOBS Act of 2012.  According to FinCEN; “these amendments would require funding… Read More

The Reason Treasury Wants Crowdfunding Portals to Be More Like Broker Dealers: Turf

Last month the US Department of Treasury, Division of Financial Crimes and Enforcement Network (FinCEN), announced a proposed rule change that will impact Reg CF crowdfunding portals. Now the concept of a crowdfunding portal is a new approach that was legalized under the JOBS Act… Read More

Request for Comments: Department of Treasury Asks for Feedback on Proposal to Have Crowdfunding Platforms Become More Like Broker-Dealers

Last week Crowdfund Insider reported that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), an arm of the Department of Treasury, had published a proposed rule change that will impact the nascent investment crowdfunding industry. The proposed change will require funding portals to adhere to the Bank Secrecy… Read More

Complying with AML Laws: Challenges for the Fintech Industry

  “Silicon Valley is coming.  There are hundreds of startups with a lot of brains and money working on various alternatives to traditional banking.” This warning came not from a pundit or Silicon Valley lobbyist, but from Jamie Dimon, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer… Read More

Crowdfunding Portals or Broker Dealers: Department of Treasury Amends Definition of Broker Dealers to Accommodate Title III Platforms

The US Department of Treasury, via the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), has published a proposed rule change that impacts the definition of a funding portal under Title III of the JOBS Act. This new rule-making would amend some definitions to include funding portals. Specifically,… Read More

European Securities & Markets Authority Warns on Crowdfunding & Money Laundering / Terrorist Financing

The European Securities & Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Q&A addressing the potential for nefarious characters to abuse investment crowdfunding to launder cash or provide financing to terrorist organizations.  This is a subject the traditional banking sector knows rather well as they are subjected… Read More