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SEC Chairman Gensler Grilled by Republicans on Senate Banking Committee, Ranking Member Toomey Supports Regulatory Clarity for Crypto

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler marched up to Capitol Hill yesterday to testify in front of the Senate Banking Committee in a hearing entitled “Oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission”.  Gensler outlined his ambitions at the SEC in his prepared remarks. While Gensler received… Read More

FCA Chair Discusses Crypto Scams, Digital Asset Regulation

In a speech delivered at the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, FCA and PSR Chair Charles Randall discussed some hot topics in the financial services sector – fraud and scams. More specifically, crypto scams and the regulation of digital assets or tokens. Currently, the… Read More

UK Crowdfunding Association Comments on FCA Dear CEO Letter Sent to Platforms

Two weeks ago, the UK Financial Conduct Authority posted a “Dear CEO” letter directed at investment crowdfunding platforms. The letter, signed by Debbie Gupta, Director of Consumer Investments Supervision, cautioned platforms on both the risk of investments being offered to investors as well as the… Read More

Fintech & Blockchain Attorney Daniel Payne Comments on Looming SEC Enforcement Actions Targeting Digital Asset Sector

The enforcement drums are pounding at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) when it comes to digital assets. At the top of the list are trading platforms that may be skirting established securities laws, especially when the Commission believes they are enabling the buying and… Read More

Gensler’s Crypto Stance No Surprise: Industry Watcher

Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler’s plan to be the new sheriff policing the Wild West of Crypto comes as no surprise to one industry watcher. Earlier this week Gensler announced that he plans on cracking down on cryptocurrency-related fraud and sought more assistance… Read More

New Sheriff in Town: SEC Chair Gensler Warn’s Crypto Industry that More Regulations are Needed

The Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Gary Gensler, has been consistent in his comments regarding digital assets/crypto in regards to a need for more regulation. This week, Gensler addressed the Aspen Security Forum and his topic of choice was crypto and the need… Read More

UK Coalition for a Digital Economy Publishes Paper on Regulating Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL): Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), an organization created to promote the UK as the top European startup ecosystem, has published a paper on the fast-growing Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) sector of Fintech. Entitled Regulate Credit Now, Reform it Later, Coadec says the credit… Read More

Harmonised EU Framework for Consumer Credit May Impact Crowdfunding Platforms

Recently, the European Commission distributed a proposal pertaining to the harmonization of consumer credit. The proposal is being reviewed in light of the advent of the digitization of consumer credit. To quote the factsheet distributed by the Commission: “Consumer credit helps consumers finance all sorts… Read More

Canada Announces Nationally Harmonized Investment Crowdfunding Rules

Canada has long held a fragmented approach to online capital formation where securities crowdfunding is regulated at the provincial level. Obviously, this creates unnecessary friction to an emerging sector of Fintech that facilitates capital formation for early-stage ventures. Today, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has… Read More

Turkey Bans Crypto From Being Used in Payments & Transfers

Earlier today, the official newspaper of Turkey published new regulations issued by the Central Bank of Turkey. According to the new rules, crypto-assets may no longer be used as a form of payments or transfers as of April 30, 2021. According to Reuters, Ahmed Faruk… Read More

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

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