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Cayman Islands Proposes New Legislation to Regulate Firms Dealing in Cryptocurrencies, Particularly Exchanges

The legislative assembly of the Cayman Islands has introduced five new pieces of legislation that may be used to regulate local firms dealing in cryptocurrencies. The proposed rules have mainly been created to monitor the operations of digital asset exchanges. The Virtual Asset Service Provider… Read More

Japan’s Financial Services Agency Recognizes the Nation’s Virtual Currency Exchange and Japan STO as Self-Regulatory Bodies

Japan’s financial regulator, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), has certified two organizations as Certified Financial Instruments and Exchange Associations. As confirmed in an announcement made on April 30, 2020, the FSA has officially recognized the Japan STO (security token offering) Association and the Japan Virtual… Read More

European Parliament Suggests Broadening the Definition of Virtual Currencies and Platforms that Need to Follow Financial Regulations

The European Parliament suggests that the EU should consider broadening the existing definition of digital assets or cryptocurrencies and expand its current list of blockchain or crypto-related organizations that may need to follow financial regulations. The EU adopted the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD5) back… Read More

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission Updates Digital Asset Regulations

Hong Kong’s securities regulator, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), has released an updated regulatory framework for digital asset fund managers. The SFC posted the guidelines on its official website on October 4. SFC’s 37-page document, titled “Proforma Terms and Conditions for Licensed Corporations which… Read More

97% of South Korean Crypto Asset Exchanges Could Be Shut Down Due to New Regulatory Requirements: Report

South Korea’s regulators have consistently preferred supporting blockchain-related initiatives over decentralized crypto tokens. Recent events confirm that the nation’s authorities are more inclined to support blockchain technology itself rather than investments in speculative cryptocurrencies.  According to local reports, approximately 97% of local crypto-asset exchanges might… Read More

Facebook’s Stablecoin Project Could Be a Boon to the United Nations Says Libra Association’s Managing Director

Libra Association managing director and COO Bertrand Perez has said that the Facebook-backed stablecoin project could be a boon to the United Nations. Perez, whose comments came during a recent blockchain event held at the UN headquarters in Geneva (where the non-profit Libra Association is… Read More

Libra Could Have “Huge Impact On Society” Says Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda

The governor of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) Haruhiko Kuroda has requested the international community to work together to develop a regulatory framework for stablecoins, including Facebook’s Libra. In statements shared with Reuters on Tuesday, Kuroda noted: “If Libra is introduced, it could have a… Read More

Time to Differentiate: Introducing OpenInvest’s “Heart-Healthy” Investing & Exclusive Insight

OpenInvest, lanched in 2015 by Phil Wei and Conor Murray, the investment platform is a public benefit corporation (PBC) that wants to use tech to “bring honesty and transparency to financial services.”The platform seeks to give investors the opportunity to “align their values” with their… Read More

Behave Yourself! Global Digital Finance Simon Taylor Develops Cryptoassets Code Conduct, Enlists OECD’s Expertise

Step in line, crypto platforms. Global Digital Finance (GDF) has launched to drive a code of conduct for cryptoassets. Non-profit GDF has convened key stakeholders to develop a global code of conduct and a taxonomy for cryptoassets, comprised of global distributed ledger and cryptoasset space… Read More

Bank Indonesia to Bar Fintech Companies From Using Digital Currency on Platforms in 2018

Bank Indonesia announced on Thursday it has issued new regulations that bar fintech companies from using cryptocurrencies on their platforms. This news comes less than two months after the bank announced it has drawn up rules to monitor fintechs in the country. “Financial Technology [Fintech] Providers… Read More

Danger: Crowdfunding on the Wrong Platform Could Force You to Go Public

Some equity crowdfunding platforms are putting startups at serious risk.  Working with a platform that doesn’t structure your deal appropriately could jeopardize your ability to raise future capital or worse, force you to become a public reporting company. The emergence of equity crowdfunding is a… Read More

Crowdfunding is Now Regulated in Brazil

The Commissão de Valores Mobiláros (CVM) in Brazil has published their regulatory regime to legalize investment crowdfunding. The document outlining the rules is embedded below (in Portuguese). The Investment crowdfunding regulation (Regulation 588) creates a new exemption for issuers of securities to raise funding online…. Read More

Report: Analog Regulations Built for the Traditional Banking Space are not Conducive to Fostering Innovation in Financial Services

  The digitization of finance is upon us. Fintech is rapidly changing all aspects of the financial services sector but different countries are adapting at different paces – regulation is largely why. Jackson Mueller, writing for the Milken Institute, hosted several roundtables earlier this year… Read More

Dubai Regulations for Crowdfunding: Issuers May Raise Up To $5 Million

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) announced the enactment of a regulatory regime designed to engender a robust crowdfunding ecosystem for the country. The new regulations are part of a strategy to foster an innovation driven economy. Empowering entrepreneurs and startups by providing the access… Read More

What’s Next For Token Sales & ICOs After the SEC’s Recent Warnings

  Disclaimer: Although I am a securities attorney, I am not your securities attorney, so the following is in no way legal advice. If you are thinking about doing an ICO or token sale, I highly recommend talking to and hiring your own attorney. If you’ve been… Read More

Dubai Announces Regulatory Framework for Crowdfunding

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) has today launched a regulatory framework for loan and investment-based crowdfunding platforms. The DFSA noted this is the first such framework in the  Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries. The new crowdfunding regulatory approach is part of the DFSA’s… Read More

Here is Tim Draper’s Open Letter to the SEC Regarding ICO Regulation

Tim Draper, a well known Venture Capitalist who is very active in Fintech, posted an open letter last week addressed the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the recent comments on regulating Initial Coin Offerings. The letter was published in conjunction of the launch of the… Read More

Credo ICO Pushes Forward as SEC Warns Sector of Possible Enforcement Actions: Stewart Dennis Responds to SEC Announcement

The Securities and Exchange Commission published a report this week that rattled the hot Initial Coin Offering (ICO) sector is still being ingested by both platforms and companies looking to offer bespoke tokens. But as the SEC fired shots across the bow of the ICO… Read More

Look in the Mirror: Why the Number of Public Companies & IPOs are in Decline

  The decline in the number of public companies in the United States and the decline in the number of initial public offerings (IPOs) that occur each year are widely decried. It is irony that many who bemoan these changes are the very persons who… Read More

CFTC Grants First Authorization to LedgerX to Operate as Clearing House for Digital Currency Derivatives

LedgerX, has received regulatory approval from the US Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to operate as a clearing platform for derivatives in contracts clearing in digital currencies such as Bitcoin. Under the order, LedgerX will be authorized to provide clearing services for fully-collateralized digital currency… Read More

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