Weekly Fintech Focus

  • U.S. Congress to Hold Oversight Hearing on the Mining of Cryptocurrency
  • NY DFS to Hire New Deputy Superintendent
  • Recent Federal Regulator Announcements Signal Changes in Senior Leadership at the SEC, CFTC, and FDIC
  • CFTC Fines Crypto Betting Service Polymarket $1.4M for Unregistered Swaps
  • Australian Open Offers NFT Sales Alongside 2022 Tournament
  • ESMA Releases Request for Evidence Regarding Regulation on Distributed Ledger Technology

Continue Reading Virtual Currency Legal Report: Week of January 7, 2022

Weekly Blockchain Focus

  • Senate Holds Hearing on Stablecoins
  • Senate Confirms New Commodities Futures Trading Commission Chair
  • U.S. National Credit Union Administration Clarifies Ability of Federally Insured Credit Unions to Partner With Third-Party Digital Asset Service Providers
  • IRS Revises Language on Form 1040
  • Ninety Percent of Bitcoin’s Total Supply Mined
  • Chinese Court Declares Mining Contract Void

Continue Reading Blockchain Legal Report: Week of December 17, 2021

Weekly Blockchain Focus

  • Securities and Exchange Commission announces judgments entered against BitConnect’s lead national promoter
  • Commissioner Stump calls for clarity before bringing any more enforcement actions
  • Cryptocurrency CEOs speak to the House Committee on Financial Services
  • Gibraltar to use blockchain for digital identification
  • India to ban cryptocurrencies as a form of payment
  • Bank for International Settlements discusses decentralized finance in its quarterly report

Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of December 10, 2021

Week in Review

  • Federal Jury says crypto-mining products are not securities
  • Biden Working Group recommends regulating Stablecoin issuers like banks
  • Historic Bitcoin trial over self-proclaimed “Satoshi” kicks off
  • Mayors taking their paychecks in bitcoin
  • Ant Group, Tencent, JD.com sign NFT Self-Regulation Convention
  • South Africa bans pension funds from investing in crypto
  • Australian Bank goes all-in on crypto
  • Kazakhstan limits crypto investments for retail traders

Continue Reading Blockchain Week In Review: Week Of November 5, 2021

  • Unamended Infrastructure Bill with “Broker” Reporting Requirements Set for Vote in September
  • CFTC Provides Clarification on Its Regulatory and Enforcement Authority
  • Despite El Salvador’s Strongly Worded Bitcoin Law, Bitcoin Usage Remains “Totally Optional”
  • China’s Shandong Supreme Court Holds Crypto Assets Not Legally Protected
  • Thailand Releases Crypto Custodian Regulations
  • Bitcoin Stability Leveraged in Afghanistan Amid Taliban Takeover

Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of August 30, 2021

Weekly Fintech Focus

  • Congress Members Reintroduce Bill to Define Digital Assets
  • President’s Working Group on Financial Markets Meets to Discuss Stablecoins
  • Chairman Gensler Remarks Signal SEC Future Focus on Potential Crypto Regulation Through Security-Based Swaps Authority
  • DraftKings Announces Launch NFT Digital Marketplace
  • Mastercard Announces Enhancements to Digital Currency Card Program
  • European Commission Proposes to Expand Regulations on Cryptocurrency Service Providers
  • Russian Central Bank Urges Stock Exchanges to Avoid Listing Crypto Companies

Continue Reading Virtual Currency Legal Report – Week of July 19

Weekly Blockchain Focus

  • European Central Bank announces the investigation phase of a digital Euro project.
  • SEC charges Coinschedule.com with unlawfully touting digital asset securities.
  • Federal court order permanently bans PaxForex and imposes a $300,000 penalty for offering illegal leveraged transactions in Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin, and precious metals.
  • Shapeshift announces “largest airdrop in history” as it attempts to become a fully decentralized exchange.
  • Saquon Barkley announces plan to accept all endorsement money in Bitcoin.
  • Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen take a stake in cryptocurrency exchange FTX.

Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of July 12, 2021

Weekly Blockchain Focus

  • U.S. House Financial Services Committee Hearing
  • New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to join SEC as head of enforcement
  • FBI Bolstering Tactics Against Illicit Cryptocurrency Transactions and Cybercrimes
  • TP ICAP To Launch Cryptoasset Trading Platform
  • Proposed Regulatory Framework – Cryptoassets in South Africa

Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of July 2, 2021

Weekly Blockchain Focus

  • House Passes Crypto Bills
  • SEC delays decision on Valkyrie Bitcoin ETF – client
  • 11th Circuit Tosses Crypto Case against rapper T.I.
  • Biden nominee for Treasury Department pushes for crypto regulations
  • China Continues Crackdown on Crypto
  • South Africa Banks Block Crypto
  • UK Financial Markets Regulator Issues Crypto Warning
  • BIS Comments on Bitcoin 

Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of June 25, 2021

Weekly Blockchain Focus

  • Crypto Rating Council releases its securities law framework
  • Diem Association announces plans to shift operations to the United States
  • Tether releases a breakdown of reserve assets
  • Bank of England deputy governor calls a CBDC probable in public remarks
  • Chainalysis report states that ransomware attacks are becoming more profitable
  • Ethiopia to begin using Cardano-based blockchain IDs in its schools

Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of May 14, 2021