International Developments

Weekly Focus:

  • Tesla buys $1.5 billion in Bitcoin
  • BNY Mellon launches crypto custody unit
  • OCC welcomes new crypto company
  • Iowa introduces smart contracts bill
  • Rhode Island introduces blockchain act
  • BitMEX publishes data storage framework for FATF ‘Travel Rule’
  • Bank of Korea says CBDCs are fiat currency
  • Central Bank of Nigeria issues prohibition on crypto trading


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

Weekly Focus:

  • US Senate Confirms Janet Yellen as Secretary of the Treasury
  • FinCEN Extends Comment Period for Rulemaking on Cryptocurrency Transaction Requirements
  • Hawaii’s Digital Currency Innovation Lab Reopens for Applications
  • Philippines Central Bank Issues Anti-Money Laundering Guidelines for Cryptocurrency
  • Bank of International Settlements Publishes Survey on Central Bank Digital Currency
  • Coinbase Announces More Details Related to Its Proposed Public Offering
  • Valkyrie Investments Files Application for Bitcoin ETF


Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of January 29, 2021

Weekly Focus:

  • Federal Regulation Actions Frozen Pending Review from New Administration
  • New Administration Appoints New Agency Leads
  • OCC Issues Ruling Permitting National Banks to Use Certain Blockchain Technologies
  • CFPB Finalizes Rule on the Role of Supervisory Guidance
  • Federal banking regulators issue FAQs on SAR filing obligations.
  • Dutch Gambling Regulator Fines Virtual Coin Gaming Company


Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of January 22, 2021

Weekly Focus:

  • CFTC Releases Digital Asset Primer
  • Coinbase Submits Form S-1 to the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • CME Announces Ethereum Futures Product Launch in February 2021
  • Paxos Conducts $142 Million Series C Raise
  • FinCEN Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with New Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Digital Asset Transactions
  • Figure Applies for OCC Charter
  • Compound Releases Whitepaper Describing Product to Add Interoperability Between Chains
  • Germany Legalizes Electronic Securities on the Blockchain


Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of December 18, 2020

Weekly Focus:

  • Members of Congress Request SEC Clarity On Digital Securities Custody
  • Digital Asset ‘Stacks’ Plans 2.0 Launch as Non-Security
  • Secretary Mnuchin Emphasizes G7 Coordination on Digital Currencies
  • CFTC and SEC Leaders to Step Down
  • DOJ Indicts ICO Promoter for Tax Fraud, SEC Files Civil Suit
  • France Strengthens Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Requirements for Digital Asset Companies
  • Thailand Plans to Incorporate Blockchain into Tax Revenue Collection Systems


Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of December 11, 2020

Weekly Focus:

  • Congress Members Introduce Stablecoin Legislation
  • FINRA Grants Securitize Green Light for Broker-Dealer/ATS Acquisition
  • SEC Establishes Transition of FinHub to Separate Office
  • SIFMA, PwC Publish White Paper on Interplay Between Digital Assets and the Securities Markets
  • Bitcoin Development Fund Launches Using Open-Source Funding Model
  • Ethereum 2.0 Milestone Reached
  • S&P Dow Jones Indices Announces Plan to Launch Cryptocurrency Indexes in 2021
  • China-Based Bank Halts Planned Digital Bond Sale Shortly Before Launch
  • Ukraine Crypto-Specific Bill Progresses Through Parliament
  • German Private Bank Announces Cryptocurrency Fund Launch


Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of December 4, 2020

Weekly Focus:

  • Jay Clayton to step down as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Brian Brooks nominated to five-year term as Comptroller of Currency
  • Origin Protocol attacked, resulting in estimated loss of $7 million
  • SEC issues no-action letter for IMVU
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group plans launch of blockchain payments network in 2021
  • Texas State Securities Board files emergency cease-and-desist orders against ten digital asset investment platforms


Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of November 20, 2020

Weekly Focus:

  • DOJ Seizes More Than $1 Billion in Cryptocurrency from Silk Road Hacker
  • CFTC Announces Charges Against Digital Asset Ponzi Scheme
  • SEC’s Enforcement Division Collected $4.68 Billion in 2020
  • Vortex Blockchain Technologies Settles with the SEC
  • Blockchain Industry Speculates on Regulation in a Biden Administration
  • LabCFTC Announces Agenda for Empower Innovation 2020
  • Cred Inc. Files for Chapter 11 in Delaware
  • Deutsche Bank Publishes Report on CBDC
  • Reserve Bank of Australia Partners with Blockchain Company on CBDC Project
  • Lebanon’s Central Bank Progresses on Plans for CBDC
  • Russian Central Bank Issues CBDC Consultation Paper
  • Bank of Canada Is Working with G7 on Global Approach to Digital Currencies
  • The U.K. Treasury Announces Plans to Regulate Stablecoins
  • Germany Drafts Bill for Blockchain-Based Securities


Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of November 13, 2020

Weekly Focus:

  • Kik & SEC Agree to $5M Judgment
  • CFTC Releases Advisory on Futures Commission Merchants
  • New York “Techsprint” Focuses on Virtual Currency Companies
  • Powell Considers U.S. Digital Dollar at IMF Virtual Panel
  • Ripple Considers Leaving U.S. over Lack of Regulatory Clarity
  • New Jersey “Digital Asset and Blockchain Technology Act” Moves Forward in State Legislature
  • IMF Issues New Report on CBDCs and GSCs
  • The Bahamas Rolls Out First CBDC, the “Sand Dollar”
  • Bank of Spain Releases CBDC Research Plan


Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of October 23, 2020

Weekly Focus

  • CFTC and DOJ Actions Involving BitMEX
  • SEC Settlement with Salt Lending
  • CFTC Action Against PaxForex
  • Summary Judgment Granted in SEC Action Against Kik
  • FinCEN and OFAC Issue Advisories on Ransomware
  • FinCEN Director Blanco Speech at ACAMS AML Conference
  • French Authorities Investigate Use of Virtual Currency to Fund Terrorism


Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of October 2, 2020