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CFTC Settles Charges Pertaining to Misleading Statements in Digital Asset Offering

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has settled charges against Jozef Gherman of Florida and J Squared LLC for making misleading statements or omitting material facts in connection with soliciting more than $300,000 from more than 40 individuals to invest in digital assets. According to… 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

CFTC: US District Court Orders UK Man to Pay $571 Million for Bitcoin Related Fraud

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has announced that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a default judgment against Benjamin Reynolds, of Manchester, England. According to the judgment, Reynolds operated a fraudulent scheme to solicit Bitcoin from members of… Read More

CFTC Hits Coinbase with $6.5 Million Penalty for Wash Trading and More

The Commodities Future Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued an order requiring Coinbase to pay a $6.5 million penalty for “false, misleading, or inaccurate reporting and wash trading.” Coinbase has settled the civil penalty with the CFTC. The wash trading was said to be affiliated with… Read More

Overarching National-Level US Legislation Remains Ideal Way to Create Coherent Digital Asset Regulatory Framework, BitOoda Says

Despite a few weeks’ break from their regulatory assessments, the BitOoda team says it has been regularly monitoring the crypto industry and engaging in the ongoing advancement of the US regulatory landscape. BitOoda notes that the recent developments they’ve followed are: New York Attorney General… Read More

Binance Being Investigated by CFTC for Possible Violation of US Rules: Report

Binance, the largest cryptocurrency trading platform in the world, has garnered the scrutiny of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), according to a report. Binance has emerged as a leading crypto trading platform and innovator in the digital asset sector. If you look at… Read More

BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes Might Surrender to US Authorities as Exchange Is Facing CFTC Enforcement Action for Illegal Crypto Derivatives Trading

Arthur Hayes, the former CEO of digital currency derivatives exchange BitMEX, is reportedly holding discussions which would involve his surrender to US authorities as early as next month (April 2021). As reported in October of last year, Hayes and several other senior managers at the… Read More

CFTC Files Charges Against Jeremy Spence of Coin Signals Alleging Digital Asset Ponzi Scheme

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a federal civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York charging Jeremy Spence of New York, alleging fraud for operating a Ponzi scheme involving digital assets such as Bitcoin and… Read More

Derivatives Attorney Shares Insight into Changes at CFTC with New Administration: Increased Regulation May Hamper Innovation

The Biden Administration continues to announce new appointments as it looks to fill out the bench of federal appointees following the inauguration on January 20, 2020. For the securities and financial services industry, many questions exist as to how this leadership transaction will impact policy…. Read More

CFTC Publishes Digital Assets Primer

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has published a Digital Assets Primer to provide information to the public about emerging concepts in digital assets. The document is said to be part of a series by LabCFTC, a relatively new division at the Commission that focuses… Read More

Digital Asset Exchange Coinbase to Disable Margin Trading as Response to New CFTC Guidance

Paul Grewal, Chief Legal Officer at crypto exchange Coinbase, has confirmed that they’ve disabled margin trading on the platform. Grewal says that the move has come as a response to new guidance provided by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Grewal noted in a… Read More

CFTC Selects Nakamoto Terminal as Winner of Project Streetlamp Competition

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has selected Nakamoto Terminal (NTerminal) as the winner of Project Streetlamp, the CFTC’s first competition under the Science Prize Competition Act of 2015. The CFTC states that as part of the competition NTerminal will also be recognized as the… Read More

CFTC: Court Orders Crypto Scam to Pay $900K + Restitution and Penalty

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is reporting that the US District Court for the District of Colorado has entered a judgment against defendants Venture Capital Investments LLC (VCI) and its principal and manager Breonna Clark d/b/a Eliot Clark d/b/a Alexander Pak (Clark), of Denver,… Read More

CFTC Forms Partnership with South African Reserve Bank Regarding Fintech

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) have signed a Statement of Intent to cooperate and support innovation through each authority’s respective financial technology (Fintech) initiative. More specifically, the CFTC’s LabCFTC and SARB’s Fintech Unit. LabCFTC’s mission is… Read More

CFTC Issues Staff Letter on Virtual Currencies and Futures

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) has issued an advisory to futures commission merchants (FCMs) regarding the holding of virtual currency in segregated accounts. The advisory, in the form of a Staff Letter, provides guidance to FCMs… Read More

tZERO Chief Legal Officer on Crypto Enforcement Actions: “Cowboy innovation is worse than no innovation at all”

Last week, the US Department of Justice published a white paper, crafted by the Cyber-Digital Task Force, that outlines its approach to enforcement when it comes to digital assets (or cryptoassets). US Attorney General William Barr issued the following statement on the framework: “Cryptocurrency is… Read More

LabCFTC Schedules Empower Innovation Event for October

Coinciding with DC Fintech Week (DCFW), LabCFTC, the innovation branch of the US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), will host an event on October 21, 2020, entitled, “Empower Innovation 2020.” According to the CFTC, This is the second of three interactive virtual events hosted by… Read More

CFTC Action Will Have Big Impact on Crypto Exchanges: Attorney Warns Crypto Exchanges that Regulator is Not Afraid to Pursue Big Market Participants

Last week, BitMEX (Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange), a top crypto/crypto-derivatives exchange that is operated by HDR Global Trading Limited, a Republic of Seychelles incorporated entity, was hit with a civil enforcement action emanating from the Commodity Futures Trading Future Commission (CFTC). Simultaneously, a criminal lawsuit by… Read More

CFTC: Consent Order Seeks $7.4 Million Restitution from Pennsylvania Man Regarding Non Purchase of Bitcoin for Several Investors

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has entered a consent order against Jon Barry Thompson of Easton, Pennsylvania, imposing injunctive relief and restitution of approximately $7.4 million. In a parallel action, the… Read More

BitMEX Hit by CFTC Enforcement Action for Illegal Crypto Derivatives Trading, AML Violations; Criminal Action Unsealed Simultaneously

BitMEX, a top cryptocurrency exchange that is big in the crypto derivatives sector, is the target of an enforcement action filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). According to the CFTC, a civil enforcement action has been filed in the U.S. District Court for… Read More

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