Tagged: Travel Rule

FATF Review Finds that Many Jurisdictions Still Don’t Have Basic Regulatory Framework for Virtual Asset Service Providers: Report

On July 5, 2021, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had completed its second 12-month review of the implementation of its updated Standards on virtual assets and virtual asset service providers or VASPs. A review from CipherTrace examines how different jurisdictions and the private sector… Read More

FATF Meeting Says Challenges Remain for AML/CFT, Updates on Virtual Asset Standards and Implementation

A plenary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), under the German Presidency of Dr. Marcus Pleyer took place this past week. The meeting provided several updates on key regulatory items including standards set for “Virtual Asset Service Providers” or VASPs. According to a statement… Read More

Global Digital Finance Distributes Comments on FATF Draft on VASPs

Global Digital Finance (GDF), an organization that advocates on behalf of the digital asset industry, has distributed a letter sent to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) pertaining to guidelines regarding the regulation of virtual assets and virtual asset service providers or “VASPs.” FATF is… Read More

FATF Posts 6th Draft of Guidance in Dealing with Virtual Assets, VASPs

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has posted its 6th draft guidance as to how countries should deal with virtual assets (digital assets) and virtual asset service providers or VASPs. Several years ago, FATF announced an initiative to tackle possible money laundering or the financing… Read More

CipherTrace Explains how its Traveler Product Assists VASPs with Following Global Travel Rule Regulations

Blockchain security firm CipherTrace notes that its Traveler product has been developed to assist virtual asset service providers or VASPs with adhering to the international “Travel Rule” regulations by securely sharing digital currency transaction details with other “vetted” VASPs. CipherTrace explains that its tools are… Read More

ECB President Christine Lagarde Wants Global Regulation of Bitcoin Due to Money Laundering Concerns, FATF Plans Update on Implementation of VASP Rules

Last week, Christine Lagarde, the President of the European Central Bank (ECB) commented on the need to regulate Bitcoin on a global level last week during a virtual event hosted by Reuters. Speaking at the Reuters Next conference, Lagarde pointed to the “funny business” affiliated… Read More

Arca Chief Legal Officer Phil Liu Comments on Crypto Regulation

  Phil Liu is Chief Legal Officer and co-founder of Arca – a regulatory compliant digital asset investment platform that is building financial products utilizing blockchain. Arca is the first firm to offer a registered fund with shares issued as a digital security. The Fund… Read More

Number of Virtual Asset Transactions Triggering Travel Rule Thresholds Could Increase Significantly Under FinCEN’s New Rules: Report

Blockchain security firm Ciphertrace has noted that FinCEN’s suggested rule change for the Travel Rule Threshold would “more than double” compliance events for US-based virtual asset service providers or VASPs. CipherTrace confirms that FinCEN had released a proposed rule change (in October 2020). The recommendation… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Posts Consultation Response Regarding Payments, Including Digital Payment Tokens

In 2019, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) launched a consultation on the Payment Services Act (PS Act) that in relation to AML/CFT, and other amendments in respect of digital payment token (DPT) service and certain technical amendments. The consultation address certain proposed amendments to… 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

“Virtual assets and so-called stablecoins” G20 Supports FATF Regulatory Efforts Targeting Money Laundering and Illicit Financing

Last week, the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors welcomed the efforts of the FATF to identify the money laundering and terrorist financing risks that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The G20 said that the COVID health crisis is being exploited by criminals… Read More

tZERO Chief Legal Officer on Crypto Enforcement Actions: “Cowboy innovation is worse than no innovation at all”

Last week, the US Department of Justice published a white paper, crafted by the Cyber-Digital Task Force, that outlines its approach to enforcement when it comes to digital assets (or cryptoassets). US Attorney General William Barr issued the following statement on the framework: “Cryptocurrency is… Read More

Gibraltar Updates DLT Regulation to “Capture a Natural Evolution” of Digital Assets

The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) reports that it is updating its regulatory approach pertaining to Distributed Ledger Technology Providers (DLT). Gibraltar describes the update as a “natural evolution of the defined regulatory principles.” Gibraltar was quick to embrace digital assets – both securities and cryptocurrencies…. Read More

Elliptic and CoolBitX Partner on FATF Travel Rule Fix for VASPs – Sygna Bridge

CoolBitX and Elliptic have partnered to launch Sygna Bridge. a solution for virtual asset service providers (VASPs) to comply with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) travel rule for crypto. CoolBitX is a blockchain security company. Elliptic is a crypto risk management firm. The collaboration… Read More

The EU has Fallen Behind on FATF’s Timelines, including Adopting Rules for Virtual Asset Service Providers, Elsa Madrolle from CoolBitX Claims

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental organization that develops policies to combat money laundering and terrorism financing, recently concluded its year long review of its Travel Rule standards for virtual asset service providers (VASPs). The FATF confirmed that it will be extending its… Read More

Former Fintech Lead at Milken Institute, Jackson Mueller Takes New Role at Digital Asset Firm Securrency

Jackson Mueller has long been a key voice and industry participant in the policy realm in regards to the Fintech ecosystem. Until recently, Mueller was the Associate Director, Fintech Program at the Milken Institute, Center for Financial Markets. Mueller’s reports have long been a solid… Read More

BitGo Announces API Support For Financial Action Task Force Travel Rule

BitGo, digital asset financial services provider, announces API support for the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Travel Rule. BitGo claims it is the first wallet provider to come to market with a solution for the Travel Rule for its cold and hot wallet services by… Read More

FATF 12 Month Review on Digital Assets and Virtual Asset Service Providers

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has published a 12 month review on digital assets, or virtual assets, addressing global standards regarding anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CFT) requirements on virtual assets and virtual asset service providers (VASPs). VASPs are mainly digital asset exchanges (cryptoasset… Read More

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

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

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