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FATF Meeting Addresses Virtual Assets, Study Continues on Crypto with Focus on Stablecoins

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) completed a meeting this week calling on members to “tackle new threats and vulnerabilities posed by criminals during the COVID-19 crisis.” The FATF is an international policy-making and standard-setting body, headquartered in Paris, dedicated to combating money laundering and… Read More

60% of Bitcoin Is Held by Entities that have Never Sold More than 25% of their BTC Holdings: Report

  Blockchain analysis is quite useful when conducting investigations into cryptocurrency-related transactions. It has also become essential when determining whether digital asset service providers are complying with application regulatory and compliance guidelines. Blockchain security and analysis firm Chainalysis says that it uses special software tools… Read More

FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco Discusses Travel Rule for Crypto, COVID-19 is a Lure for the Bad Guys

FinCEN Director Kenneth A. Blanco delivered a speech at virtual Consensus this past week addressing several hot topics of the day – including the “Travel Rule”; the FATF requirement that virtual asset service providers (or VASPs – think crypto exchanges) maintain information on purchasers and… Read More

Regtech: Blockchain Security Firm CoolBitX Presents Findings of Sygna Bridge’s Production Report to FATF Contact Group

  CoolBitX, a blockchain security firm that’s developing the infrastructure needed to bridge the gap between the mainstream financial market and cryptocurrency sector, recently presented its findings of Sygna Bridge’s production report to Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Contact Group members. As mentioned in a… Read More

Coalition of International Blockchain Groups Agrees to Standard to Comply with FATF Travel Rule for VASPs

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global anti-money laundering and terrorist financing organization, posted requirements for virtual asset service providers or VASPs in 2019. The guidelines required intermediaries to maintain information on digital asset transactions from both buyers and sellers – called the Travel… Read More

UAE’s Authorities Request Financial Service Providers to Use Latest Fintech and Regtech to Help Follow AML Guidelines During COVID-19 Outbreak

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) top regulatory authorities have asked local businesses to leverage the latest Fintech solutions to counter anti-money laundering (AML) and other types of illicit financial activities. The advisory was issued by the nation’s reserve bank, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Justice,… Read More

Cayman Islands Proposes New Legislation to Regulate Firms Dealing in Cryptocurrencies, Particularly Exchanges

The legislative assembly of the Cayman Islands has introduced five new pieces of legislation that may be used to regulate local firms dealing in cryptocurrencies. The proposed rules have mainly been created to monitor the operations of digital asset exchanges. The Virtual Asset Service Provider… Read More

Central Bank Digital Currencies Increasingly Being Considered by Governments, as AML/CFT Regulations Tighten: Report

New York-based BitOoda, a digital asset and Fintech firm, recently published its cryptocurrency market regulatory analysis report. Governments throughout the world are struggling to deal with the devastating economic consequences of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The BitOoda team reveals: “We’ve noted an uptick in… Read More

Gibraltar to Introduce Regulations for Reducing Alleged Market Manipulation by Blockchain or DLT Firms

Albert Isola, Gibraltar’s minister for digital and financial services, has confirmed that the territory will be introducing regulatory guidelines specifically for eliminating or reducing market manipulation – which is allegedly being carried out by crypto and blockchain companies. Isola explained in a recent interview with… Read More

CipherTrace Enlisted to Advise Japanese Regulators on FATF Crypto Travel Rules

CipherTrace, a cryptocurrency research and tracking platform that provides services to both the public and private sector, has distributed a note that it is meeting with Japanese financial regulators to review the relatively new FATF travel rules and its impact on “virtual asset service providers… Read More

Blockchain Regulatory Software Developer Shyft Network to Help Binance Comply with FATF Guidelines

Malta-based digital asset exchange Binance has teamed up with Shyft Network, the developer of a public blockchain protocol, in order to ensure that it is complying with updated Financial Action Task Force (FATF) financial market regulations. The Shyft Network was developed to offer a decentralized… Read More

Regtech: Taiwan’s CoolBitX, a Blockchain Security Firm, Secures $16.75 Million in Funding via Round Led By SBI Holdings

Asia-based CoolBitX, a leading blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT) security firm, has acquired $16.75 million in capital through a Series B investment round from several large investors. CoolBitX’s funding round was led by Japan-based financial services company SBI Holdings. Monex Group, South Korean crypto-asset… Read More

Crypto Powwow: FinCEN and Others Meet to Discuss Virtual Assets

Last week, 50 senior officials convened in Paris to discuss “global issues surrounding virtual assets.” Participants included FinCEN, part of the US Department of Treasury, as well as the Financial Intelligence Unit Germany, France’s Tracfin, and other FATF countries. Virtual asset experts from the Financial… Read More

G20 Issues Joint Statement, Questions Big Tech in Fintech, Urges Implementation of FATF Rules for Virtual Assets

Yesterday, the G20 issued a joint communique outlining shared goals for the group of the larget 20 economies in the world. The actual event is being hosted by Saudi Arabia with meetings ongoing. The document, embedded below, recognized the value of “digitalization of the economy”… Read More

Taiwanese Congressman Jason Hsu Lauds Swiss “OpenVASP” Initiative in Speech Delivered in Davos

Taiwanese Congressman and crypto advocate Jason Hsu delivered a speech on AML requirements at the EmTech Investment Meeting 2020 held at Davos this week.  Hsu is also the co-founder and APAC Spokesperson for the Global Blockchain Policy Council of Legislators. Hsu has been vocal on… Read More

Ukraine’s Government Approves Final Draft of New Anti-Money Laundering Laws that Apply to Virtual Assets

Ukraine’s government has reportedly approved the nation’s final draft of a new money laundering law that applies to virtual assets (or cryptocurrencies) and virtual asset service providers (VASPs), according to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) guidelines. The Rada, the country’s legislative body, released a… Read More

Glenn Austin: Chief Financial Officer at Dash Core Group Explains Why the Cryptocurrency Is Not Considered a Privacy Coin

We recently caught up with Glenn Austin, the chief financial officer at Dash Core Group (creator of DASH or Digital Cash), a major digital currency platform. Austin, a former VP at Morgan Stanley Investment Management who has worked at other big Wall Street names like… Read More

FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco Says US Government will Strictly Enforce Rule Requiring Cryptocurrency Firms to Share User Data

The US government will reportedly be enforcing a rule which requires companies dealing in cryptocurrencies, including digital asset wallet providers and exchanges, to share details about their clients. This, according to Kenneth Blanco, director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The “travel rule” for… Read More

OpenVASP Initiative: Consortium Expects to Coordinate Solution to Travel Rule with FATF

Earlier this year there was a good amount of debate and discussion regarding the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) move to apply traditional KYC/AML requirements to digital asset transactions.  As one would expect, FATF got what it wanted and now “virtual asset service providers” or… Read More

Crypto Leaders Propose Protocol to Comply with FATF Requirements on VASPs

In the midst of the Blockshow Asia Conference crypto industry representatives have announced a movement create an open protocol designed to comply with FATF  demands impacting VASPs or Virtual Asset Service Providers. According to a release, representatives of the Swiss-based Crypto Valley Association (CVA), International Digital… Read More

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