Tagged: regulation

A Conundrum of NFTs: Five Things About NFTs That May Surprise You

A murder of crows.  A pride of lions. A school of fish.  A conundrum of NFTs.  At least that’s how it feels when faced with the ever-growing craze for non-fungible tokens.  Here are five things about NFTs that may surprise you. They’re just another type… Read More

UK to Focus on Regulating Stablecoins Before Wider Market – Report

The United Kingdom is looking to regulate the fast emerging stablecoin market before it addresses the broader crypto-asset sector, according to a report by Reuters. Citing John Glen, MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, who was speaking at a conference, the report indicated concern about… Read More

Pushing Through the Fintech Frontier: Financial Regulators Poised to Expand Fintech and Cryptocurrency Oversight


President Joe Biden’s young administration is poised to deliver heightened – and perhaps unprecedented – regulatory scrutiny of the exploding Fintech industry.  The groundwork for a more active regulatory regime has been set over the course of the past decade.  Prior administrations harnessed existing enforcement… Read More

European Securities and Markets Authority Drafts Standards for Pan European Crowdfunding Rules: Industry Prepares to Provide Feedback

This past week the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a consultation paper addressing standards for the previously approved pan-European crowdfunding regulation. As covered in the past, the European Union has passed legislation to enable online securities offerings across its member nations. After many… Read More

Presidential Action Taken by Biden Administration May Delay Investment Crowdfunding Improvements

Yesterday, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff Ronald Klein distributed a Presidential Action by President Joe Biden that is poised to impact recent improvements to security crowdfunding including the Reg CF and Reg A+ exemption. Entitled Regulatory Freeze Pending Review, President Biden has… 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

How New P2P Regulations Make the Industry Safer for Investors in Southeast Asia

Digital lending platforms have made strong inroads in Southeast Asia over the past few years. In 2016 alone, peer-to-peer (P2P) business lending generated US$115.01 million—more than half of Southeast Asia’s total alternative financing market that year.  This growth can be attributed to a combination of… Read More

CoinList Comments on Incoming Biden Administration and Crypto Regulation

Carla Carriveau has recently joined CoinList as their new Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel (the previous GC, Georgia Quinn is now at Anchorage). Prior to joining CoinList, Carriveau was at Forge.  Carriveau entered the fray with an interesting blog post today addressing expectations for… Read More

NASAA Slams SEC Move to Clarify Rules Surrounding Finders

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) distributed a comment letter today outlining its opposition to the proposal by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s move to clarify the role of Finders. A Finder is an individual that finds investors for smaller firms. A lack of… Read More

Chile: Financial Regulator CMF Publishes Draft Fintech Rules Including Crowdfunding, Digital Assets and More

The Chilean securities regulator, the Comision Para El Mercado Financiero (CMF), has posted draft regulations for Fintech including investment crowdfunding rules. The objective is to provide a regulatory framework for online capital formation. The CMF believes that a proportional, tech-neutral, framework will promote innovation in… Read More

Broctagon CEO on Hong Kong’s Consultation on Regulating Crypto: A Positive for the Industry

Yesterday, the Hong Kong Government announced a consultation to enlist public opinion on legislative proposals designed to enhance anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CTF) regulation in Hong Kong. Cryptoassets (digital assets) were included in the consultation with the introduction of a licensing regime for virtual… Read More

A Major Turning Point for Private Capital Markets in America

Today marked a major turning point for the private capital markets in America.  While most of the country is squarely focused on the election, the SEC quietly passed dramatic improvements to securities laws for startups, small businesses and investors everywhere.  The SEC’s actions today signified,… Read More

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

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