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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

Lendio CEO Calls CARES Act Process to Provide Support for SMEs a “Mess”

Last week in advance of the opening up of federal subsidized programs to backstop small businesses in the US crushed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Lendio CEO Brock Blake took to Twitter to criticize the lack of coordination between the US Department of Treasury and the… Read More

US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin Convenes with Crypto Industry Leaders

Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury Department held a meeting with cryptocurrency industry leaders to discuss regulatory and supervisory challenges facing the digital asset industry. Secretary Steven Mnuchin issued the following statement: “The U.S. welcomes responsible innovation, including new technologies that may improve the efficiency of the… Read More

White House Budget Proposes Returning Secret Service to the US Department of Treasury, Cites Crypto Concerns as a Factor

This week the White House, via the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), released the proposed federal budget for 2021. According to the White House, the plan seeks to balance the budget within 15 years by proposing $4.6 trillion in deficit reduction. Debt, as a… Read More

US Treasury Department Blocks Crypto Addresses of Chinese Fentanyl “Kingpins”

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) have named several Chinese nationals, “as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).” OFAC is also, “identifying Bitcoin addresses associated with these… Read More

Steve Mnuchin’s Comments on Libra: “Bullish news for the future of cryptocurrencies”

US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin held a press conference yesterday in advance of Capitol Hill hearings this week addressing concerns surrounding Facebook’s stablecoin Lira. Mnuchin cautioned the audience that Facebook, and any other crypto creator, must adhere to the high standards of KYC and… Read More

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Holds Surprise Press Conference on US Government’s Stance on Cryptocurrencies and Facebook’s Libra

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called a surprise press conference this afternoon in Washington DC to state that Facebook and all other providers of “digital financial services” must observe the same financial integrity regimes as banks. Mnuchin called illicit use of cryptocurrencies “a national security issue”… Read More

Consensus: US Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Tells Crypto Sector to Protect National Security

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Sigal Mandelker, told crypto-interested attendees at the Consensus conference in New York this week that exchanges must do their “duty” and prevent terrorist and illicit use of cryptocurrencies. She began by stating that she,… Read More

FinCEN Issues Guidance on Virtual Currencies, Posts New Advisory on Threats Associated with Misuse

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today issued guidance entitled, Application of FinCEN’s Regulations to Certain Business Models Involving Convertible Virtual Currencies (CVC). FinCEN is the enforcement branch of the US Department of Treasury. The guidance issued today does not establish any new regulatory expectations…. Read More

FinCEN Fines and Bars Independent Cryptocurrency Exchanger

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), part of the US Department of Treasury, has fined the operator of a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency trading service $35,350 USD and barred him from money-transmitting, “for willfully violating the Bank Secrecy Act’s (BSA) registration, program, and reporting requirements.” In a release… Read More

US Department of Treasury Sanctions Russian-Venezuelan Bank Evrofinance

As part of its ongoing measures against the “illegitimate regime” of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has sanctioned Evrofinance Mosnarbank, “a Moscow-based bank that is jointly owned by Russian and Venezuelan state-owned companies.” According… Read More

North American Securities Administrators Association Worries About Fintech and State Regulatory Relevance

Last week, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) issued their legislative agenda for the 116th Congress. Buried within their priorities were the Association’s concerns pertaining to emerging Fintech services. Fintech has the capacity to provide better services for both consumers and businesses – typically… Read More

Treasury Department “Reinvigorating” Illicit Finance Countermeasures, Including Controls on Iran and Cryptocurrencies

US Department of the Treasury Under Secretary, Sigal Mandelker, told attendees of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference this week that she expects to cooperate with financial institutions to enhance their illicit finance countermeasures: “We encourage the private sector…to stay proactive and to innovate with new… Read More

FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco Addresses Tough Topic of Cryptocurrency, Attorney Joshua Klayman Adds Insight to Topics Discussed

This week, at an event in Chicago that focused on legal questions swirling around the emerging cryptocurrency industry, FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco delivered a much anticipated speech regarding his agency’s thoughts on digital assets and virtual currencies. FinCEN is part of the US Department of… Read More

US Department of Treasury Report on Fintech Makes Recommendations to Boost Innovation, Advocates on Behalf of Regulatory Harmonization

The US Department of the Treasury has published its long anticipated report on Fintech. This is the fourth in a series of reports emanating from Treasury that address emerging innovations in finance. Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin commented on the reports release stating “American innovation is… Read More

Report Indicates US is Confiscating Bitcoin Held by Iranians

  A report in Ibena from last week indicates that the US government is confiscating Bitcoins held by Iranians and the confiscation is ongoing. According to Sepehr Mohammadi from the Iranian Blockchain Community, the US has seized 500 bitcoins or more. In May of this year,… Read More

Jay Clayton: The Issue of Facilitating Capital Formation and Increasing the Attractiveness of the Public Markets for Smaller Companies is One of My Highest Priorities

Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Jay Clayton re-affirmed his commitment to bolster the environment for smaller companies to more easily raise the growth capital they need and to help foster a more conducive IPO market for SMEs. Speaking at an Equity Market Structure Symposium in… Read More

Last Year the US Department of Treasury Published a Roadmap to Create More Economic Opportunity Including Crowdfunding, So What Has Been Accomplished So Far?

In the Fall of 2017, the US Department of Treasury published a document entitled, “A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities – Capital Markets.” This comprehensive overview of the current regulatory environment regarding capital formation is probably the best publication I have ever seen produced… Read More

Secretary of the Treasury Mnuchin Sanctions Venezuelan Officials Targeting Petro Cryptocurrency

This week, the White House issued an executive order that banned any US citizens or entities from participating in the Venezuelan Petro Coin. The creation of the cryptocurrency based off of Venezuelan oil was a response to the economic crises that has been brought upon… Read More

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