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US Federal Reserve, FinCEN Look for Comments on Travel Rule Proposal

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the US Federal Reserve Board has invited comment on a proposed rule that would amend the recordkeeping and travel rule regulations under the Bank Secrecy Act. The travel rule is affiliated with the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF)… Read More

These Three Elected Officials Have Commented on the SEC’s Proposed Update to the Exempt Offering Ecosystem: What Do They Want?

Months ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) kicked off a review of the exempt offering ecosystem in an attempt to improve access to capital for younger firms while continuing to ensure sufficient investor protection. Over the years, access to capital via the public markets… Read More

HM Treasury Issues Consultations on Promotions of Cryptoassets as Well as Broader Regulatory Framework

HM Treasury has issued two public consultations today. One is a review of the current requirement for an authorized firm to approve the financial promotion of an unauthorized firm that may not operate as a strong enough safeguard to ensure such financial promotions are compliant… Read More

Railsbank CEO Calls on Regulators to Step Up Safeguarding of e-Money Firms Following Wirecard Collapse

The Wirecard AG (WDI:DE) scandal has rocked the Fintech world as the once high flying firm that was a member of the DAX filed for bankruptcy following the revelation of a €1.9 billion in missing funds. Regulators, elected officials as well as Fintech industry insiders have… Read More

Billions of Dollars in Illicit Cash Allegedly Laundered via Danske Bank, with Help of Licensed Crypto Firms in Estonia

Estonia, one of the world’s most developed nations with an advanced, high-income economy that’s among the fastest-growing in the EU, is reportedly caught up in one of Europe’s largest-ever dirty-money scandals. Estonia has been quite active when it comes to encouraging the adoption of digital… Read More

Cryptocurrency Regulations: Government of Hawaii Introduces Sandbox Program for Virtual Currency Transactions

The government of Hawaii has introduced a new regulatory sandbox program for cryptocurrency-focused companies. The US state announced on March 17, 2020 that it has set up a “Digital Currency Innovation Lab,” which is reportedly a two-year program that allows cryptocurrency token issuers to conduct… Read More

France: AMF Publishes Legal Analysis on Security Tokens, Proposes a Path for European Utilization

The Autorité des Marchés Financiers, the main securities regulator in France, has published a legal analysis of security tokens. France is already known for its initial coin offering (ICO) friendly ecosystem where utility tokens (not securities) may be issued and traded in a compliant environment…. Read More

UK: New Peer to Peer Lending Rules Kick in on December 9th: “A Watershed Moment for P2P”

New peer to peer lending rules come into effect on Monday, December 9th. The new rules were the result of a review by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The UK largely created the entire sector of peer to peer lending. One of the most… Read More

Report: Chinese Foreign Exchange Official Says Digital Currencies Must Be Regulated to Prevent Illegal Capital Flows

Reuters is reporting that Sun Tianqi, chief accountant at China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), told financiers assembled at the Bund Summit in Shanghai this week that governments in emerging markets must regulate cryptocurrencies because they can be used to transmit capital illegally and could… Read More

CCAF: Regulation of Alternative Finance is Key to Make Sector Safe to Scale for the Masses

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), part of the Judge School of Business at Cambridge University, has partnered with the World Bank to publish a report on the global regulation of alternative finance and innovative Fintech firms. According to the new report, the regulation… Read More

New Regulation of Crowdfunding in Russia

The new law regulating crowdfunding in Russia will enter into force on January 1, 2020. Existing platforms must comply by July 1, 2020. Federal Law No. 259-FZ “On Investments Through Investment Platforms and Certain Amendments to Other Laws of the Russian Federation” dated August 2,… Read More

Tom Maxon: CoolBitX Head of US Operations Discusses the Impact of Crypto Regulations on the Global Economy

We recently caught up with Tom Maxon, head of US operations for CoolBitX, a Taipei-based company focused on developing solutions that support the Bitcoin protocol.  Maxon, a postgraduate from University of California, Berkely, regularly engages in global and domestic regulatory consultations with the Financial Action… Read More

Dutch Central Bank Tells Crypto Firms to “Prepare for Supervision”

The Netherlands’ central bank has advised the country’s cryptocurrency sector to prepare to come under the regulator’s “integrity supervision” scheme by the 10th of January 2020. De Nederlandsche Bank says it is, “required to start supervising these businesses under the fifth European anti-money laundering directive (AMLD5)… Read More

On the Second Anniversary of the DAO: The Token Universe’s Cat Food Moment

Recently we marked the second anniversary of the SEC’s issuance of an Investigative Report finding that the DAO Tokens were securities.   While this killed the hopes of those who had interpreted SEC silence to mean consent to the unregulated issuance of tokens, it still… Read More

A Global Phenomenon: The Benefits of Coordinated International Regulation for the Blockchain Industry

“Regulation” is not often a word associated with “benefits” in blockchain and cryptocurrency circles. Indeed, many governments have been sharply criticised following the roll-out of regulatory guidelines addressing the flourishing blockchain industry. Some even suggest that it is a lack of regulation which has allowed… Read More

Professors: Swift and Proper Regulation of Facebook’s Libra Payments System Critical

Law professors from the University of Luxembourg, the University of New South Wales and the University of Hong Kong have produced a 29-page paper designed to assist lawmakers in what should continue to be their swift and serious response to Libra, the global payment system now… Read More

G20 Finance Ministers Affirm Amended FATF Guidelines for “Crypto Assets” in Fukuoka, Say They’ll Be Adopted in Osaka

Finance Ministers from the world’s 20 most powerful economies have “…reaffirm(ed) (their) commitment to applying the recently amended FATF Standards to virtual assets and related providers for AML (anti-money laundering) and CFT (anti-terrorist finance),” in a communique issued from a meeting they held this weekend… 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

Asia Crypto-Law Round Up

Asia Business Law Journal (ABLJ) has published a comprehensive article on the current state of crypto law in Asia. Here, we provide a summary of the most salient point presented by ABLJ from each region. Philippines According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Global growth… Read More

Pleasure and Pain: the Challenges of Running a Blockchain Company

There’s no doubt blockchain is a revolutionary technology changing what is possible in many areas of modern life. However, there are both pleasures and pains in being early adopters and forming a company based on blockchain technology. Security and flexibility are offset by regulation and… Read More

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