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Bill to Ban Cryptocurrencies Circulating in India

Despite several reports that the government of India will not be addressing cryptocurrency legislation and relevant court cases until after the national elections wrap up in July, there is now news that a draft bill to ban cryptocurrencies is being circulated among Indian legislators, The… Read More

Switzerland Wants to Create the Best Possible Framework for Fintech and Distributed Ledger Technology

The government of Switzerland wants create the very best environment for Fintech, and more importantly distributed ledger technology (DLT) to thrive. The Swiss Federal Council kicked off a consultation last month on the adoption of DLT/Blockchain seeking to “increase legal certainty, remove hurdles for DLT-based… Read More

Updated Token Taxonomy Act Introduced as Legislation, Bill is Designed to Create Innovation Friendly Rules for Digital Assets Including Non Security Tokens

The House of Representatives has introduced the Token Taxonomy Act of 2019 (H.R. 2144) legislation – a bill that is designed to enable a digital asset that is a utility token unregulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The bill states: “… to exclude… Read More

Colorado Governor Jared Polis Signs Blockchain Friendly Digital Token Act into Law

Governor Jared Polis of Colorado signed the Colorado Digital Token Act into law last week. The legislation is designed to provide limited exemptions from the securities registration and securities broker-dealer and salesperson licensing requirements for persons dealing in digital tokens and cryptocurrencies. According to the… Read More

Texas Moves to Ban Private Cryptocurrencies, Impose Universal KYC

One of crypto’s main use cases -anonymity- has taken a hit in the state of Texas this week. An untitled bill (4371), which will require all cryptocurrency transactions to be conducted using unnamed “varied identity digital currencies,” has been introduced into the Texas state legislature…. Read More

What’s the Back Story to Security Token Offerings and Regulation?

The initial coin offering (ICO) / Security Token Offering (STO) continues to endure a period of regulatory uncertainty. As things stand right now, ICOs are securities. End of story. If you completed an ICO after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the DAO Report… Read More

French National Assembly Proposes Mandatory ID-ing of Crypto Users and “Refined” Regulations

The French National Assembly’s Finance Committee has issued a report on cryptocurrency and blockchain sectors in the country. The report’s introduction is written by Committee president Eric Woerth, who urges the country to continue refining regulations governing the sector. He also argues against promoting cryptomining… Read More

SBE Council Highlights Policy Agenda to Help Out the Little Guy Including Access to Capital. Will Congress Listen?

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) is out with their policy goals for the incoming Congress. SBE Council is an entity that advocates on behalf of the sector of the economy (small business) that drives most job creation and economic growth. Thus, it… Read More

US Congressmen Soto and Budd Submit Bipartisan Bill to Support Innovation and Counter Crypto Price Manipulation

Congressmen Darren Soto, a Democrat from Florida, and Ted Budd, a Republican from North Carolina, yesterday introduced two pieces of legislation into the American House of Representatives that they hope will support healthy cryptocurrency markets and innovation in the US. The bills target cryptocurrency price… Read More

Oliver Gajda Updates on Pan European Crowdfunding Legislation & Possible Inclusion of ICO Rules

Several weeks back, CI covered the draft legislation for pan-European crowdfunding rules from the European Parliament. At that time, initial coin offerings (ICO) were part of the possible legislation. Crowdfunding is part of the European Union Fintech Action plan that directly aligns with the Capital… Read More

Congressman Davidson Discusses Forthcoming Legislation to Enable a Token that Trades but is Not a Security

Speaking at Blockland Cleveland yesterday, Congressman Warren Davidson, from Ohio’s 8th District, discussed forthcoming legislation that may dramatically impact the initial coin offering (ICO) industry in the US. Representative Warren said the draft legislation seeks to create a token that can trade but will not… Read More

Lame Duck Congress: Still Time for JOBS Act 3.0

After the first of the year, control of the House of Representatives will move over to the Democrat party following mid-term elections. While the Senate will remain in Republican control, the split Congress means agenda items will frequently be at odds. But in the final… Read More

Gibraltar Update: Coinfloor Bitcoin Exchange Issued DLT-License & New Tech Classes at Uni

According to the GFSC, Gibraltar “is committed to being a sound and safe place to do business with and is considering a complementary regulatory framework covering the promotion and sale of tokens, aligned with the DLT framework.” As expected, crypto platforms are taking advantage the… Read More

Will Paris Become the Capital of ICOs? French National Assembly Approves Key Framework for Initial Coin Offerings

A Special Commission of the National Assembly in France approved a key framework today in pursuit of bespoke regulation for initial coin offerings (ICOs). This is according to a report in Les Echos that stated “Article 26” was adopted earlier today – part of the… Read More

State of New York Poised to Empower New York Department of Financial Services to Study Online Lending

There is legislation moving through the state of New York that shifts some responsibility regarding online lending to the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). [S07294 and A8938] Originally, there was a bill that was signed into law on December 29, 2017, by Governor Andrew Cuomo, that… Read More

US Bitcoin Foundation Seeks Donations to Challenge Pending Legislation that May Cripple Crypto

Pending US legislation titled “The Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017,″ seeks to update criminal money laundering and counterfeiting statutes. As written now, the bill impacts the utilization of any and all cryptocurrencies. Senate Bill 1241, sponsored by Senator Chuck Grassley, will define anyone… Read More

Australia to Fix Gap in Crowdfunding Regulations as Private Companies May Gain Eligibility in New Legislation

This week the Australian Parliament introduced new legislation that will extend crowdfunding or “crowdsourced equity funding” (as the Aussies call it) to private companies. This is an important fix that will create a far more robust and equitable crowdfunding ecosystem in Australia. Earlier this year,… Read More

State of the States: An Updated Analysis of Current Intrastate Crowdfunding Options

While Regulation (Title III) Crowdfunding continues to get all of the attention, the overwhelming majority of states currently have some form of “intrastate” retail crowdfunding laws already in effect; many of which offer significantly more favorable terms to issuers and investors than the federal rules…. Read More

Bitcoin Foundation Looks to Block Congressional Action on Cryptocurrencies, Launches Online Petition

The Bitcoin Foundation is looking to stop Congress from including Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in legislation regarding nefarious acts by terrorists organizations and money laundering. Senators Grassley, Feinstein, Cornyn, and Whitehouse, have sponsored legislation entitled, “Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Counterfeiting Act of 2017,” includes a portion that points… Read More

Look in the Mirror: Why the Number of Public Companies & IPOs are in Decline

  The decline in the number of public companies in the United States and the decline in the number of initial public offerings (IPOs) that occur each year are widely decried. It is irony that many who bemoan these changes are the very persons who… Read More

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