International Developments

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, 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 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

Weekly Focus:

  • Bipartisan crypto bill passes House of Representatives
  • Fed leaves interest rates unchanged, while Chairman Powell says equity markets are a “bit frothy”
  • Paxos becomes third federally regulated crypto bank (& raises $300 million)
  • Wyoming DAO law to go into effect in July
  • DOJ announces arrest of Bitcoin Fog founder who allegedly laundered $335M in crypto
  • Turkey bans cryptocurrency payments, sets up central custodian
  • South Korea set to tax crypto trading gains

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

Weekly Focus:

  • The Regulation Process for FinCEN’s New Beneficial Ownership Reporting Requirement Launches
  • The Department of Treasury Sanctions Individuals for Laundering Cryptocurrency for Lazarus Group
  • Guilty Plea in DeepDotWeb Criminal Proceedings
  • Japan Announces Plans to Adopt FATF Travel Rule for Crypto
  • Canadian Securities Organizations Unveil Guidance on Treatment of Cryptocurrencies

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

Weekly Focus:

  • Securities Fraud on the Dark Web Using Bitcoin
  • Germany Securities Settlement Bridge
  • South Korea Implements AML Regulations
  • India’s New Crypto Reporting Regulations
  • Bank of Jamaica Announces Central Bank Digital Current Pilot Program

Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of March 26, 2021