Regulatory and Legislative Developments

Weekly Focus

  • The OCC clarifies that banks can provide crypto custody services.
  • The FDIC seeks comments on developing a certification process for new technologies to be used by banks.
  • The UK looks at restricting crypto promotions.
  • A group of crypto exchanges is working together to comply with FATF travel rule standards.


Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of July 24, 2020

Weekly Focus:

  • CFTC and SEC Settle Charges with Abra
  • Louisiana Enacts Virtual Currency Company Law
  • Twitter ‘Hack’ of Prominent Accounts Requests Bitcoin
  • New York Department of Financial Services Superintendent Addresses Initial Feedback on proposed BitLicense Changes
  • New York Man Charged with Wire Fraud Relating to a Cryptocurrency-Related Investment Scheme
  • China to Test Digital Yuan on Food Delivery Platform; Beijing Local Government Releases Blockchain Plan
  • Japan Considering Issuance of a Digital Yen


Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of July 17, 2020

Weekly Focus:

  • New York’s Financial Services Regulator Announces New Virtual Currency Initiatives
  • Proposed Consent Judgment Filed in Telegram Lawsuit
  • SEC Charges Offerors of AML BitCoin with Fraud
  • Judgment Entered in Shopin Lawsuit
  • Singapore Begins to Enforce Prohibition on Unlicensed Bitcoin Sales
  • Lawmakers in Spain Propose Amendment to the Country’s AML/CFT Laws


Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of June 26, 2020

Weekly Focus:

  • BitClave Settles with SEC
  • Telegram Withdrawals Appeal
  • First Meeting of Wyoming Select Committee on Blockchain
  • Louisiana Takes a Step Towards Establishing a Crypto License Regime
  • India Permits Banking for Cryptocurrency Related Businesses
  • Antigua and Barbuda Cryptocurrency Regulation
  • Switzerland Denies Crypto Valley Bailout


Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of May 29, 2020

Weekly Focus:

  • OCC Announces a New Acting Comptroller of the Currency
  • House Bill Would Require a Study on the Regulation and Use of Blockchain Technology in the United States
  • IRS Reportedly Seeking Private Contractors in Connection with Virtual Currency-Related Tax Returns
  • US Senate Subcommittee Raises Blockchain as Option for Senate Voting During Times of Crisis
  • Private Party Brings Suit against Crypto-Products Trading Platform for Alleged Violations of RICO and the CEA
  • Bank of France Provides Update on Central Bank Digital Currency Experimentation
  • FATF Issues Report on COVID-19-Related Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risks and Policy Responses
  • Brazilian Agency Re-opens Investigation into Banks’ Treatment of Virtual Currency Firms
  • Reports: Iran Takes Several Actions Related to the Regulation of Virtual Currencies


Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of May 22, 2020

Weekly Focus:

  • Ripple Faces New Litigation Related to XRP Token Sale
  • In Wake of Injunction, Telegram Discontinues Involvement with TON Blockchain
  • Blockvest Founder Seeks to Challenge Sanctions Granted in SEC Suit Related to ICO
  • Ohio State Lawmakers Contemplate Using Blockchain for Future Election Cycles
  • Square’s CashApp Q1 Earnings Show Surge in Bitcoin-Related Earnings
  • Turkey-Based Company iMiner Successfully Attains License to Operate in Iran
  • Dutch Central Bank Imposes Registration Requirement for Crypto Service Providers Under Newest Iteration of AML Legislation


Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of May 8, 2020

Weekly Focus:

  • Commissioner Brian D. Quintenz Ending His Term at the CFTC
  • U.S. Clears Security Token Trading System to Launch
  • Bank of China Will Expand Regulatory Pilot Project to Six More Cities and Districts
  • Zhejiang-based Ebang International Holdings Inc. Filed IPO


Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of May 1, 2020

Part 2: CFTC Finalizes Guidance on Digital Assets in the Context of Retail Commodity Transactions

This is the second part of a three-part update series in order to provide the industry with a critical analysis of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) finalized long-awaited interpretive guidance regarding what constitutes the “actual delivery” of a

On April 28, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint against a company and its chief executive officer (“CEO”) for alleged fraud in connection with the company’s stated response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its complaint, the SEC alleged that the company issued two press releases containing false or misleading statements in which the company purported to be negotiating the sale of N95 masks and then made claims that it was in possession of N95 masks. After regulators inquired about these claims, the SEC alleged that the company issued a third press release a month later that it did not have any N95 masks on hand. The complaint asserts that the company’s stock trading volume and stock price increased significantly as a result of the initial press releases.
Continue Reading SEC Alleges COVID-19 Related Fraud by a Company after Suspending Trading

Please note that the Digital Asset SEC Timeline has since been updated.  To find the most recent version, updated September 2020, please click here.

Perkins Coie LLP is pleased to bring you this updated Digital Asset SEC Timeline. This update includes the newest edition posted on March 24, 2020 which highlights the Second