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UK Financial Regulator Reveals: 1.9 Million British Adults Own Cryptocurrencies

UK Financial Regulator Reveals: 1.9 Million British Adults Own Cryptocurrencies

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK reported that 1.9 million adults own cryptocurrencies, representing 3.86% of the general population. The regulator also noted that 75% of them hold crypto worth less than £1,000, approximately $1,230.

Stakeholders in the Crypto Ecosystem Want US Regulator to Increase Bank's Crypto Capabilities

Stakeholders in the Crypto Ecosystem Want US Regulator to Increase Bank's Crypto Capabilities

Stakeholders including the Silvergate Bank have responded to the OCC call recommending the regulator to improve US bank’s crypto capabilities.

Malaysia’s Financial Regulator Says Binance is Not Authorized to Operate in the Country

Malaysia’s Financial Regulator Says Binance is Not Authorized to Operate in the Country

The Securities Commission (SC) of Malaysia, the country’s financial regulator, has announced that Binance cryptocurrency exchange is not unauthorized to operate in the country. The financial watchdog has, therefore, put the crypto exchange on the list of unlicensed companies.

UK’s Financial Regulator Seeks to Hire Crypto Specialist to Spearhead Digital Asset Regulations

UK’s Financial Regulator Seeks to Hire Crypto Specialist to Spearhead Digital Asset Regulations

UK’s financial regulator has posted a job listing for a potential candidate with strong crypto knowledge. The recruitment could be an indication that the agency is set to provide higher degree of regulatory scrutiny of digital assets and possible abuses.

Taiwanese Singer Chen Lingjiu Implicated in JPEX Cryptocurrency Fraud Case

Taiwanese Singer Chen Lingjiu Implicated in JPEX Cryptocurrency Fraud Case

Taiwanese singer Chen Lingjiu faces fraud case involving JPEX, highlighting potential pitfalls of celebrity endorsements in cryptocurrency investments and the need for robust regulatory measures.

Kraken Amplifies European Footprint with BCM Acquisition

Kraken Amplifies European Footprint with BCM Acquisition

US-based cryptocurrency exchange, Kraken, has announced its plan to acquire Dutch crypto broker BCM as part of its European expansion strategy. This move aligns with the new MiCA regulatory framework, promoting a favorable investment climate in the region. The acquisition will enhance Kraken's service offerings and market position in the Netherlands.

Spain’s Regulator Clashes with Popular Football Star Andres Iniesta Over Binance’s Tweet

Spain’s Regulator Clashes with Popular Football Star Andres Iniesta Over Binance’s Tweet

Spain’s market regulator has confronted Andres Iniesta over his public acknowledgement he is getting started trading cryptocurrency on Binance platform.

Singapore's MAS Unveils Stablecoin Regulatory Framework

Singapore's MAS Unveils Stablecoin Regulatory Framework

Singapore's MAS releases a regulatory framework for stablecoins after public consultation in 2022. It aims to ensure value stability and sets key requirements for issuers.

Crypto Regulatory Developments: Congressional Review Act, DOJ Charges, and More

Crypto Regulatory Developments: Congressional Review Act, DOJ Charges, and More

A summary of recent regulatory actions and legal developments impacting the global crypto industry, for the period May 5 – May 20, 2024.

Crypto Exchange Blockchain.Com Joins Exchanges in Italy

Crypto Exchange Blockchain.Com Joins Exchanges in Italy

Blockchain.com said the registration is an important part of its global plans to provide services across Europe and across the world, as the exchange just get approval from the Italian regulator.

Paradigm Challenges SEC's Authority in Lawsuit Against Binance

Paradigm Challenges SEC's Authority in Lawsuit Against Binance

Paradigm, a venture capital firm, has filed an amicus brief in the SEC's ongoing lawsuit against cryptocurrency exchange Binance. The brief criticizes the SEC's approach, arguing that the agency is overstepping its regulatory boundaries. Paradigm emphasizes that the SEC's actions could have far-reaching implications for securities law.

Conflux to Deploy Uniswap v3 on Network

Conflux to Deploy Uniswap v3 on Network

Conflux plans to deploy Uniswap v3 on its network, offering access to millions of potential new users in the Chinese and Asian markets. The move comes after the Uniswap v3 code license expired, allowing developers to fork the protocol and deploy their own decentralized exchange. Conflux has experienced a spike in traffic in the first quarter of 2023 and has a market capitalization of nearly $1 billion.

Cboe Digital Set to Launch Bitcoin and Ether Futures Trading in January 2024

Cboe Digital Set to Launch Bitcoin and Ether Futures Trading in January 2024

Cboe Digital, the first US-regulated crypto native exchange, will launch Bitcoin and Ether futures trading, enhancing capital efficiency and market liquidity.

China’s Central Bank Reveals First Cohort of its FinTech Regulatory Sandbox Pilot

China’s Central Bank Reveals First Cohort of its FinTech Regulatory Sandbox Pilot

The Chinese central bank’s Shanghai headquarters has recently revealed the Shanghai FinTech Innovation regulatory sandbox application list. The People’s Bank of China’s (PBoC) Shanghai branch is currently soliciting opinions from the public on eight applications to be included in the FinTech innovation supervision pilot.

UN Research Unveils Bitcoin's Environmental Toll Beyond Carbon Emissions

UN Research Unveils Bitcoin's Environmental Toll Beyond Carbon Emissions

A UN study reveals Bitcoin mining's significant environmental impact, including carbon emissions, water and land damage, and heavy reliance on fossil fuels. It calls for urgent regulatory and technological interventions to promote a sustainable digital currency ecosystem.

FTC Settles with Voyager Digital Over Misleading FDIC Claims, Former CEO Charged

FTC Settles with Voyager Digital Over Misleading FDIC Claims, Former CEO Charged

The FTC settles with Voyager Digital, barring it from handling consumer assets post allegations of misleading FDIC insurance claims. The settlement highlights regulatory efforts to ensure transparency in the crypto industry amid a broader crackdown on deceptive practices.

Philippines Spearheads ASEAN AI Regulatory Framework

Philippines Spearheads ASEAN AI Regulatory Framework

Philippines' Congress Speaker Martin Romualdez plans to introduce an AI regulatory framework to ASEAN during its chairmanship in 2026, focusing on digitization, cybersecurity, and managing generative AI in economic policies.

Bittrex to Shut Down U.S. Platform

Bittrex to Shut Down U.S. Platform

Bittrex will close its U.S. platform on April 30, citing the current regulatory and economic environment. Customer funds are safe and available for withdrawal. The shutdown will not affect Bittrex Global, which will remain open for trading.

Brazil’s Securities Market Regulator Targets Mercado Bitcoin over Token Sale

Brazil’s Securities Market Regulator Targets Mercado Bitcoin over Token Sale

Brazil's regulator has ordered Mercado Bitcoin, the largest local crypto exchange, to provide information on fixed-income tokens the exchange has issued over the last two years.

Bitcoin ETF Approval Expected to Propel Market Influx

Bitcoin ETF Approval Expected to Propel Market Influx

The fervor surrounding a US-regulated spot Bitcoin ETF is palpable, with its approval expected to significantly bolster Bitcoin's market adoption. Addressing the current inefficiencies in Bitcoin investment, a spot ETF promises cost efficiency, enhanced liquidity, ease of access, and regulatory compliance. The formal recognition by regulators and established financial brands could further fuel Bitcoin's market acceptance. The estimations indicate a substantial market influx post ETF approval, not just within the US but potentially extending to global markets, laying the groundwork for a robust 2024 for Bitcoin, as per the analysis by Charles Yu of Galaxy.

Breaking: Binance Sells Russian Operations to CommEX, Exits Market

Breaking: Binance Sells Russian Operations to CommEX, Exits Market

Binance has announced the sale of its entire Russia business to CommEX, citing compliance issues as the primary reason for the exit. The transition process for existing Russian users is expected to take up to one year, with no financial strings attached to the deal for Binance.

Singapore Regulators and Banks Develop Crypto Customer Screening Standards

Singapore Regulators and Banks Develop Crypto Customer Screening Standards

Singapore's monetary authority and police forces are collaborating with traditional banks to optimize their procedures for opening accounts for digital asset service providers. After six months, results and conclusions for risk management and due diligence will be published. The guidelines will cover stablecoins, NFTs, and transferable gaming or streaming credits, with banks reserving the right to make decisions based on their own risk assessment.

ING Bank-Led Security Token-Focused Project Pyctor Was Selected by UK's FCA for its Regulatory Sandbox

ING Bank-Led Security Token-Focused Project Pyctor Was Selected by UK's FCA for its Regulatory Sandbox

Led by ING Bank, in collaboration with ABN AMRO, BNP Paribas Securities Services, Invesco US, Société Générale – Forge, State Street, and others have launched a digital asset project — Pcytor.

Ripple CEO Urges US Regulators to Embrace Crypto as Country Risks Falling Behind China

Ripple CEO Urges US Regulators to Embrace Crypto as Country Risks Falling Behind China

CEO of Ripple, Brad Garlinghouse, has disclosed how China has taken the lead in blockchain and crypto as the US risks losing out.

Bitcoin Forms “Ascending Triangle”, Tries to Rebound Above $35,000 Crucial Level

Bitcoin Forms “Ascending Triangle”, Tries to Rebound Above $35,000 Crucial Level

Bitcoin has formed an ascending Triangle thus hinting a bullish trend. The cryptocurrency will need to reclaim the $35,000 level as resistance to avoid bull-ending price action.

Nigerian Securities Commission to Release Official Guidelines on Crypto Regulations

Nigerian Securities Commission to Release Official Guidelines on Crypto Regulations

The Nigeria Securities and Exchange Commission has announced a proposed crypto regulation guideline.

Federal Reserve's Bowman Discusses Digital Currency Innovations Amid CBDC Debate

Federal Reserve's Bowman Discusses Digital Currency Innovations Amid CBDC Debate

Federal Reserve Governor Michelle Bowman, in a discussion at Harvard Law School, explored the evolving digital payment landscape, touching on CBDC, stablecoins, and the necessity for a robust regulatory framework. While recognizing the potential of digital assets, she emphasized a cautious approach, underscoring the importance of continued research and international collaboration to navigate the digital transformation responsibly.

South Koreans transacted $4.3 billion through illegal crypto exchanges

South Koreans transacted $4.3 billion through illegal crypto exchanges

In 2022, South Koreans transacted $4.3 billion through illegal crypto exchanges, comprising almost 70% of all illicit money traffic captured by officers. The transactions aimed to purchase foreign virtual assets to sell in the country later due to the South Korean regulatory regime isolating the local market.

Binance Crypto Withdrawals Spike Before CFTC Accusations

Binance Crypto Withdrawals Spike Before CFTC Accusations

Almost a billion dollars in cryptocurrency was withdrawn from Binance shortly before the US CFTC accused the exchange of regulatory violations. The total amount withdrawn from multiple platforms in the 12 hours preceding the indictment was almost $1.5 billion, with over half of that amount coming from Binance. Despite the withdrawals, Binance still holds over $63 billion worth of cryptocurrency assets.

Coinbase Amplifies Anti-Terrorism Financing Measures Through Blockchain Analytics

Coinbase Amplifies Anti-Terrorism Financing Measures Through Blockchain Analytics

Coinbase, on October 17, 2023, outlined its robust measures to curb terrorism financing and other illicit activities through a rigorous compliance framework and blockchain analytics. The discourse emphasizes the importance of regulatory clarity in the U.S to minimize offshore risks associated with digital assets. With a dedicated team and technological tools, Coinbase demonstrates a proactive approach in maintaining the integrity of the crypto ecosystem.

SEC Files Application to Compel Elon Musk's Compliance with Subpoena

SEC Files Application to Compel Elon Musk's Compliance with Subpoena

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed an application to compel Tesla CEO Elon Musk to comply with an administrative subpoena. The SEC is investigating Musk's 2022 Twitter stock purchases and his related statements and SEC filings. Despite initially agreeing to testify, Musk later refused to comply with the subpoena, prompting the SEC to seek court intervention.

CME Group Proposes Direct Crypto Derivatives Trading to Regulators

CME Group Proposes Direct Crypto Derivatives Trading to Regulators

CME Group is now proposing a new approach to crypto derivatives. The new approach could signal big structural shifts for traditional financial derivatives away from intermediaries.

Binance CEO Emphasizes Importance of Understanding Crypto for Proper Regulation

Binance CEO Emphasizes Importance of Understanding Crypto for Proper Regulation

During a fireside chat at the Hong Kong Web3 Festival, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) discussed the importance of regulators having a deep understanding of the crypto industry to properly regulate it. He emphasized the need for regulatory clarity and engagement with regulators. CZ also suggested that government efforts to restrict traditional financial markets may push more people towards crypto, ultimately leading to mass adoption.

US Regulator Crypto Custody Proposal Opposed

US Regulator Crypto Custody Proposal Opposed

The US SEC's proposal to amend its custody rule has faced opposition from the Blockchain Association and Andreessen Horowitz, who have filed letters criticising the rule's impact on investment advisers and its potential to curtail investment in digital assets. The SEC's proposal would apply more stringent rules on investment advisers in the custody of assets, including crypto.

Andreessen Horowitz Appoints FinCEN Exec Michele Korver as Head of Regulatory

Andreessen Horowitz Appoints FinCEN Exec Michele Korver as Head of Regulatory

Michele Korver brings a wealth of digital currency expertise, and will therefore help coordinate efforts to maximize a16z’s contribution to the crypto and web3 projects.

Financial Stability Board Finalizes Global Crypto Asset Regulatory Framework

Financial Stability Board Finalizes Global Crypto Asset Regulatory Framework

FSB finalizes a global regulatory framework for crypto assets, aiming for consistent regulation. The framework includes high-level recommendations for crypto-asset activities and stablecoins.

South Korean Gaming Giant Wemade Faces $41 Million Tax Bill for Crypto Operations

South Korean Gaming Giant Wemade Faces $41 Million Tax Bill for Crypto Operations

South Korean gaming firm Wemade faces a $41 million tax bill for its crypto operations, highlighting the complexities of regulatory compliance in the blockchain gaming industry.

IMF Proposes Framework to Assess Crypto Asset Risks

IMF Proposes Framework to Assess Crypto Asset Risks

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released a working paper that delves into the macrofinancial risks tied to crypto assets. The paper, part of the IMF's Working Papers series, proposes a framework aimed at aiding policymakers and regulatory authorities in understanding and tracking systemic risks from the crypto sector. This framework is crucial as traditional financial tools are not well-suited for assessing crypto-related risks.

German Crypto Firm USI Tech Founder Charged in $150 Million Fraud Scheme

German Crypto Firm USI Tech Founder Charged in $150 Million Fraud Scheme

Horst Jicha, founder of USI Tech, has been charged with defrauding investors of $150 million in a fraudulent crypto scheme, marking a significant development in regulatory action against crypto-related crimes.

Binance.US Struggles to Find Banking Partner in the U.S.

Binance.US Struggles to Find Banking Partner in the U.S.

Binance.US is facing challenges in finding a bank partner to serve as a fiat on-ramp and off-ramp for its clients in the United States, following the recent failures of Silvergate and Signature Bank. The regulatory crackdown on banks with crypto clients is another factor contributing to the exchange's struggles.

Hong Kong Crypto Exchange HKVAEX Announces Phased Shutdown

Hong Kong Crypto Exchange HKVAEX Announces Phased Shutdown

HKVAEX, a Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange, has initiated a phased suspension of their services, leading to a complete shutdown by May 1, 2024.

dYdX to Exit Canadian Market Amid Regulatory Restrictions

dYdX to Exit Canadian Market Amid Regulatory Restrictions

Cryptocurrency derivatives exchange, dYdX, is withdrawing its services from Canada due to increased regulatory restrictions. The exchange will halt new user onboarding on April 7 and move existing users to "close-only mode" on April 14.

R3 Highlights the Transformative Potential of Tokenization in Finance

R3 Highlights the Transformative Potential of Tokenization in Finance

R3, a leading enterprise blockchain software firm, discusses the transformative potential of tokenization in the financial sector. The company emphasizes the need for regulatory frameworks and industry standards to unlock the full benefits of digital assets. According to a June 2023 report from Bernstein, $5 trillion in assets could be tokenized in the next five years, offering significant opportunities for market participants.

US House to Hold Joint Hearings on Digital Assets

US House to Hold Joint Hearings on Digital Assets

The House Financial Services Committee, Agriculture Committee, and subcommittees will hold joint hearings in May on establishing a bill to provide regulatory clarity to the digital asset ecosystem. The hearings will focus on addressing the market structure and striking a balance between protecting consumers and promoting responsible innovation. The goal is to report a bill out that deals with the capital raising piece for digital assets, all the way through to how a product can go from a securities regime to commodities regime, while preserving rights around products that do not fit into either regime.

US Crypto Crackdown Could Stifle Innovation and Weaken Dollar

US Crypto Crackdown Could Stifle Innovation and Weaken Dollar

The recent Wells notice issued by the SEC to Coinbase, along with other legal threats against crypto firms, has raised concerns among industry experts that the US crackdown on cryptocurrencies could stifle innovation and weaken the dollar. Some believe that the regulatory environment in the US is driving jobs, investment, and innovation offshore, to countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, and potentially Australia.

Binance set to reenter Japanese crypto market

Binance set to reenter Japanese crypto market

Binance is set to reenter the Japanese crypto market after acquiring the regulated crypto exchange platform, Sakura Exchange Bitcoin (SEBC). The SEBC platform will terminate its current crypto exchange and brokerage services by May 31, 2023, and reopen as Binance Japan in June. Binance had to fold its Japan operations in 2018 after regulatory warnings, but has since mended relations with regulators and reentered other markets through acquisitions.

Bitwise CIO Matt Hougan Discusses Amended Spot Bitcoin ETF Application

Bitwise CIO Matt Hougan Discusses Amended Spot Bitcoin ETF Application

Matt Hougan, CIO of Bitwise, used a Twitter thread to elaborate on the firm's amended spot Bitcoin ETF application. He emphasized the need to prove that the CME bitcoin futures market is a "regulated market of significant size" for surveillance purposes and highlighted Bitwise's history of original research in their ETF filings.

Coinbase Reveals Firm Received Around 2000 Subpoenas From Authorities Over Customer's Data

Coinbase Reveals Firm Received Around 2000 Subpoenas From Authorities Over Customer's Data

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has revealed in its newly released transparency report that it got served a sum total of 1,914 government requests.

Tether Implements Wallet-Freezing Policy Aligned with US Regulations

Tether Implements Wallet-Freezing Policy Aligned with US Regulations

Tether's wallet-freezing policy, in line with US OFAC regulations, is a proactive approach to cybercrime, setting a new standard in the crypto industry.

ISPs Must Ban Crypto Websites Or Risk Legal Action In Nepal

ISPs Must Ban Crypto Websites Or Risk Legal Action In Nepal

Nepal's telecoms authority ordered ISPs to prohibit all bitcoin trading websites. The Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) ordered ISPs and email providers to block crypto-related websites, applications, and networks on Jan. 8. Promoting crypto is also illegal.

Gensler Alleged Crypto Hypocrisy

Gensler Alleged Crypto Hypocrisy

Gary Gensler, head of the US securities regulator, is facing accusations of hypocrisy from the crypto community after a 2018 video surfaced of him stating that cryptocurrencies are commodities or cash and not securities. Several crypto leaders have expressed their shock and disgust at Gensler's apparent change of stance on the matter.

Bermuda’s Jewel Bank Receives Regulatory Approval to Run as Digital Asset Bank

Bermuda’s Jewel Bank Receives Regulatory Approval to Run as Digital Asset Bank

Jewel Bank announces that it acquire licenses from a local regulator to become the first digital asset bank in the island nation.

Alchemy Pay Expands U.S. Footprint with Iowa Money Services License

Alchemy Pay Expands U.S. Footprint with Iowa Money Services License

Alchemy Pay, a prominent crypto-fiat payment gateway, has secured a Money Services License in Iowa, marking a significant expansion in the U.S. market and enhancing its global compliance portfolio.

IOSCO Proposes Measures To Probe Digital Marketing Risks

IOSCO Proposes Measures To Probe Digital Marketing Risks

Concerning the rapid increase of risks in digital marketing, The International Organization of Securities Commissions, or IOSCO, has proposed some measures for its member countries to consider when deciding their policy and imposition approaches to retail online offerings and marketing.

Coinbase's Custodial Role in New Bitcoin Spot ETFs Marks a Crypto Milestone

Coinbase's Custodial Role in New Bitcoin Spot ETFs Marks a Crypto Milestone

Coinbase's role in the newly approved Bitcoin spot ETFs by the SEC marks a crucial advancement in cryptocurrency's integration into mainstream finance, bringing regulatory clarity and institutional investment opportunities.

Binance Survey: Institutional Investors Bullish on Crypto's Long-Term Prospects

Binance Survey: Institutional Investors Bullish on Crypto's Long-Term Prospects

Binance Research, in collaboration with Binance VIP & Institutional, has recently unveiled the results of their Institutional Crypto Outlook Survey. The study reveals a strong positive sentiment towards cryptocurrencies among institutional investors, with 63.5% expressing optimism for the next year and a striking 88% displaying a positive outlook for the next decade.

G20 Lays Regulatory Foundation to Accept Digital Payments by November Summit

G20 Lays Regulatory Foundation to Accept Digital Payments by November Summit

G20 officials have announced that they will begin the preliminary regulatory groundwork for the group to accept digital payments.

He Yi Discusses Binance's Regulatory Strategy Amid Actions Against Binance and Zhao Changpen

He Yi Discusses Binance's Regulatory Strategy Amid Actions Against Binance and Zhao Changpen

In a public letter, He Yi, Co-founder of Binance, discusses the company's compliance strategy, which gains significance amidst a U.S. Department of Justice inquiry initiated on May 6, 2023, 13 SEC charges, and the company's recent exit from the Russian market.

FTX to Have Its European Operating License Suspended

FTX to Have Its European Operating License Suspended

Following its turmoil, the FTX’s European license is now said to be soon suspended by Cyprus regulators, according to a report.

ACE Exchange President Michael Wang Arrested

ACE Exchange President Michael Wang Arrested

Michael Wang, President of ACE Exchange, was recently arrested on charges of fraud and money laundering, marking a significant event in the cryptocurrency industry.

Binance Stops Trading Of Stock Tokens amid increasing Global Regulatory Scrutiny

Binance Stops Trading Of Stock Tokens amid increasing Global Regulatory Scrutiny

Binance has announced that it will suspend providing digital versions of stocks such as Coinbase, Apple, and Tesla, a time when the exchange faces rising pressure from regulators across the globe.

Conflux to Deploy Uniswap v3 on Its Blockchain

Conflux to Deploy Uniswap v3 on Its Blockchain

Conflux plans to deploy Uniswap v3 on its blockchain, which would offer access to millions of potential new users, particularly in China and Asian markets. This comes days after the Uniswap v3 code license expired, allowing developers to fork the protocol and deploy their own decentralized exchange. Conflux has a market capitalization of nearly $1 billion and has $45 million in total value locked on-chain. The network also announced a partnership with China Telecom to develop a blockchain SIM card.

Vodafone Follows PayPal and Visa to Leave Facebook's Libra Association

Vodafone Follows PayPal and Visa to Leave Facebook's Libra Association

Maybe what Facebook is not doing right that costs it to lose founding partners? Breaking news shows that Facebook’s Libra has lost another member of its council. This time round, Vodafone has confirmed to have left Libra Association.

US and UK Regulators to Take Action on Stablecoins after Terra’s Collapse

US and UK Regulators to Take Action on Stablecoins after Terra’s Collapse

Stablecoins plunged below $1 this week. Major regulators have become concerned about such cryptocurrencies.

Paxful Unfreezes Majority of Accounts

Paxful Unfreezes Majority of Accounts

Paxful, a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency marketplace, has unfrozen 88% of previously frozen user accounts after suspending operations. The remaining $4.4 million in frozen funds is in the hands of US financial regulators.

Rollbit Shuts Down Degen EXchange and Rollbot.com Amid Regulatory Concerns

Rollbit Shuts Down Degen EXchange and Rollbot.com Amid Regulatory Concerns

Rollbit has announced the discontinuation of its Degen EXchange and sister site Rollbot.com due to regulatory challenges and low user adoption. However, the company's core product, Rollbit.com, and its $RLB token functionality remain unaffected. The firm also hinted at exciting future releases.

Laser Digital Secures In-Principal Approval from Abu Dhabi Global Market

Laser Digital Secures In-Principal Approval from Abu Dhabi Global Market

Laser Digital, Nomura's digital asset subsidiary, has received In-Principal Approval from Abu Dhabi Global Market's Financial Services Regulatory Authority. The approval allows the company to offer broker-dealer and asset management services in the UAE, subject to fulfilling specific conditions.

ADGM Launches Pioneering DLT Foundations Regime

ADGM Launches Pioneering DLT Foundations Regime

Abu Dhabi Global Market's Registration Authority has introduced the Distributed Ledger Technology Foundations Regulations 2023, a global legislative framework designed to facilitate token issuance, promote governance, and drive transparency in the crypto sector.

Japan's JCBA Submits Initial Proposal for IEO Regulatory Reform to JVCEA

Japan's JCBA Submits Initial Proposal for IEO Regulatory Reform to JVCEA

JCBA submits an initial proposal for IEO regulatory reform to JVCEA, outlining four key agendas aimed at stabilizing the IEO market and enhancing user protection. The reform aims to make domestic IEOs more attractive than foreign exchanges.

THORSwap Resumes Operations with Enhanced Security Measures to Combat Illicit Funds Transfer

THORSwap Resumes Operations with Enhanced Security Measures to Combat Illicit Funds Transfer

THORSwap, a decentralized exchange (DEX) leveraging the THORChain protocol, resumed operations on October 13, following a temporary shutdown to address concerns of illicit funds transfer. The platform has enhanced its security measures, updated its terms of service, and partnered with an industry leader to prevent the movement of illicit funds. Although the move was met with mixed reactions from the community, it underscores THORSwap's commitment to providing a secure trading environment amid rising regulatory pressures in the DeFi sector.

Indian Crypto Exchanges Seek Clarity on Legal Status and Taxability from the Reserve Bank of India

Indian Crypto Exchanges Seek Clarity on Legal Status and Taxability from the Reserve Bank of India

Crypto exchanges and companies in India are still seeking regulatory clarity and tax status from the Reserve Bank of India following a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the crypto industry earlier this year. India’s Supreme Court reversed the ban placed by the central bank on financial institutions offering crypto-related banking services. It is two months after lifting the ban, crypto exchanges and firms are now seeking clarification regarding the nature of their operations.

Kraken Fights IRS Over Customer Information

Kraken Fights IRS Over Customer Information

Kraken is contesting the United States Internal Revenue Service's demand for critical exchange user information, citing it as an "unjustified treasure hunt." Kraken has requested federal court intervention, pointing out that the IRS has gone "far beyond" its intrusive summons. The fight against IRS is Kraken's response to the agency's February summons, which demanded additional user information to identify Kraken accounts that did at least $20,000 of cryptocurrency trading in any single year between 2016 and 2020.

BlackRock Has No Plans for XRP ETF

BlackRock Has No Plans for XRP ETF

BlackRock Inc., the world's largest asset manager, halts its plans for a spot XRP ETF due to ongoing regulatory uncertainties and concerns over XRP's legal status in the midst of the Ripple vs. SEC case.

FDIC to Offer Guidance on Crypto After it Understands its Associated Risks

FDIC to Offer Guidance on Crypto After it Understands its Associated Risks

FDIC's Martin Gruenberg said more guidance will be given to banks about crypto when it gains more understanding of its inherent risks

Grayscale Investment Company Receives FINRA Approval to Trade Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin Publicly

Grayscale Investment Company Receives FINRA Approval to Trade Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin Publicly

US regulators have approved shares of Grayscale Investment’s Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash Trusts for public trading.

Circle Files with The US SEC Intends to Become a National Cryptocurrency Bank

Circle Files with The US SEC Intends to Become a National Cryptocurrency Bank

Circle intends to become a full reserve national commercial bank as a part of the potential solution, the company explains its core services heavily rely on third parties that create business risks.

Hong Kong's 2024 Budget Introduces 'Regulatory Sandbox' for Stablecoin Testing

Hong Kong's 2024 Budget Introduces 'Regulatory Sandbox' for Stablecoin Testing

Hong Kong to launch a 'regulatory sandbox' for testing stablecoin issuance and business models, as outlined in the city's 2024 budget plan.

Dee Templeton Joins OpenAI's Board Amidst Corporate Governance Overhaul

Dee Templeton Joins OpenAI's Board Amidst Corporate Governance Overhaul

Microsoft's Dee Templeton joins OpenAI's board as a nonvoting observer amidst significant corporate governance changes following CEO Sam Altman's brief ouster and reinstatement.

Coinbase vs SEC: Legal Battle Heats Up

Coinbase vs SEC: Legal Battle Heats Up

The US Court of Appeals has ordered the SEC to respond to Coinbase’s writ of mandamus within 10 days. The largest US cryptocurrency exchange filed a lawsuit in April requesting regulatory clarity, but has faced increased enforcement and warnings from the SEC, leading to a downgraded rating by Citigroup.

US Bank Failures Shock Regulators

US Bank Failures Shock Regulators

The New York Department of Financial Services and the US Federal Reserve Board have published their internal reviews on the handling of Signature Bank and Silicon Valley Bank's failures. The string of bank failures, including Silvergate Bank's voluntary liquidation, has prompted regulators to re-evaluate their supervision.

FTX.US, Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Are Under Probe by Texas Regulators

FTX.US, Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Are Under Probe by Texas Regulators

Texas Regulators are investigating FTX.US over its high-yield, interest-bearing accounts.

UK's Bank Regulator to Propose Rules for Digital Asset Issuance

UK's Bank Regulator to Propose Rules for Digital Asset Issuance

The Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) in the United Kingdom is set to propose rules for issuing and holding digital assets, according to Vicky Saporta, executive director of the Prudential Policy Directorate at the Bank of England. The rules will be developed in compliance with the Basel III rules and the Financial Services and Markets (FSM) bill currently being considered by Parliament.

United States Financial Regulators Sign Onto the Global Financial Innovation Network

United States Financial Regulators Sign Onto the Global Financial Innovation Network

In a joint report released by the US Securities and Exchange Commission on 24th October 2019, four US financial watchdogs have joined the Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN).

Paxos Gets Nod to Operate Digital Payments Token Services in Singapore

Paxos Gets Nod to Operate Digital Payments Token Services in Singapore

It is a positive sign for Paxos as it means that the blockchain company is a compliant business and MAS is supportive to it.

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse Criticizes Former SEC Chair Jay Clayton's Regulatory Approach

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse Criticizes Former SEC Chair Jay Clayton's Regulatory Approach

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse criticizes former SEC Chair Jay Clayton for his aggressive regulatory approach, citing hypocrisy based on a 2020 lawsuit against Ripple. The ongoing legal tussle and recent developments highlight the broader regulatory uncertainties in the crypto industry.

Dubai's VARA Appoints Matthew White as CEO

Dubai's VARA Appoints Matthew White as CEO

Dubai's VARA is appointing Matthew White as its new CEO, focusing on regulatory compliance in the cryptocurrency space, following a leadership transition.

Crypto Lending Firm Delio Faces Regulatory Sanctions for Compliance Failures in South Korea

Crypto Lending Firm Delio Faces Regulatory Sanctions for Compliance Failures in South Korea

South Korean crypto asset management firm Delio has been fined KRW 1.896 billion and suspended for three months by the Financial Services Commission's Financial Intelligence Unit due to non-compliance with financial transaction laws.

Sygnum Singapore Secures MPI License from MAS

Sygnum Singapore Secures MPI License from MAS

Sygnum Singapore’s acquisition of a Major Payment Institution Licence from the Monetary Authority of Singapore comes amidst a wave of similar regulatory approvals by entities like Coinbase, Blockchain.com, and Crypto.com. This development broadens Sygnum's service offerings and positions it strongly in a competitive yet regulated digital asset market landscape in Singapore, thereby potentially attracting a wider segment of institutional clientele.

Crypto-Friendly Revolut under Pressure after UK Regulators Find Audit Flaws

Crypto-Friendly Revolut under Pressure after UK Regulators Find Audit Flaws

Revolut has been flagged as being at risk of not meeting auditing requirements.

Hong Kong's VSFG Set to Pioneer Spot Bitcoin ETF in Q1 2024

Hong Kong's VSFG Set to Pioneer Spot Bitcoin ETF in Q1 2024

Hong Kong's VSFG is set to launch a spot Bitcoin ETF in Q1 2024, aiming for $500 million in assets. This aligns with Hong Kong's regulatory shift towards cryptocurrency and its ambition to become a digital asset hub.

SEC Delays Decision on Invesco and Galaxy Digital's Ether ETF

SEC Delays Decision on Invesco and Galaxy Digital's Ether ETF

The SEC extends the review period for the Invesco and Galaxy Digital's Ether ETF until February 6, 2024, signaling continued caution in cryptocurrency product approvals.

Crypto Bank Anchorage Cuts 20% of Workforce

Crypto Bank Anchorage Cuts 20% of Workforce

Anchorage Digital has laid off 75 employees, citing regulatory uncertainty and market volatility. The crypto bank expressed confidence in the digital asset landscape but acknowledged headwinds for its business and the crypto industry.

Ripple Executives Cleared of SEC Charges in Landmark Decision

Ripple Executives Cleared of SEC Charges in Landmark Decision

In a major development, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse and Executive Chairman Chris Larsen were cleared of all charges by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This is the third legal victory for the executives and Ripple, leaving the crypto industry questioning the SEC's approach.

US Financial Regulators Aiming at How Banks Could Hold Bitcoin & Crypto Assets, Says FDIC Chairperson

US Financial Regulators Aiming at How Banks Could Hold Bitcoin & Crypto Assets, Says FDIC Chairperson

Jelena McWilliams, the chairperson of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), has revealed that US financial Regulators are creating clearer regulations on how banks can engage in activities involving cryptocurrencies.

Former Voyager Digital CEO Faces Fraud Charges Amid CFTC and FTC Crackdown

Former Voyager Digital CEO Faces Fraud Charges Amid CFTC and FTC Crackdown

The CFTC and FTC have levelled fraud charges against former Voyager Digital CEO Stephen Ehrlich, spotlighting the case as a notable instance of regulatory enforcement within the digital asset sector. The charges underscore the market's inherent risks and the imperative for robust regulatory compliance to ensure investor protection.

Binance.US Distances Itself from Binance.com; CZ Steps Down as Chairman

Binance.US Distances Itself from Binance.com; CZ Steps Down as Chairman

Binance.US declares operational independence from Binance.com, reassures customers, and remains compliant with U.S. regulations, following a $4.3 billion settlement. Chairman Changpeng Zhao steps down.

40 German Banks Are Seeking Regulatory Approval to Offer Bitcoin Custody

40 German Banks Are Seeking Regulatory Approval to Offer Bitcoin Custody

Many German banks have filed a request to introduce a digital asset custody business. Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, popularly identified as BaFin, has received over 40 applications from German banks interested in offering crypto custody services.

Binance.US Struggles to Find a Bank Partner in the United States

Binance.US Struggles to Find a Bank Partner in the United States

Binance.US is facing challenges in securing a bank partner to serve as a fiat on-ramp and off-ramp for its clients in the United States. Recent regulatory crackdowns on banks with crypto clients, along with failed attempts to establish direct banking relationships, have left Binance.US without banking services.

FCA Restricts Rebuildingsociety.com, Impeding Binance's UK Compliance Efforts

FCA Restricts Rebuildingsociety.com, Impeding Binance's UK Compliance Efforts

The UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has imposed restrictions on Rebuildingsociety.com Ltd, a peer-to-peer lending platform, impacting its recent partnership with crypto exchange Binance for complying with the FCA's marketing regime. The regulation mandates firms to ensure transparent and fair marketing, affecting Binance’s strategy to serve the UK market. The move showcases the FCA's stringent stance towards ensuring marketing compliance, especially within the crypto sector.

Russian Top Digital Bank Tinkoff Explores Crypto Investment Services

Russian Top Digital Bank Tinkoff Explores Crypto Investment Services

Despite Russia’s Central Bank imposed ban and restrictions on cryptocurrency usage in the country, Tinkoff bank is examining potential cryptocurrency investments services to offer to its clients.

Taiwan's Legislature Considers Virtual Asset Management Bill to Protect Consumers

Taiwan's Legislature Considers Virtual Asset Management Bill to Protect Consumers

The Taiwanese Legislature is deliberating on a new Virtual Asset Management Bill aimed at fostering better consumer protection and industry oversight. The bill, seen as moderate, outlines pragmatic mandates for VASPs while leaving room for further regulatory fine-tuning, marking a significant step in Taiwan’s evolving digital asset regulatory landscape.

Hong Kong Security Chief Vows to Hunt Down JPEX Crypto Scam Ringleaders

Hong Kong Security Chief Vows to Hunt Down JPEX Crypto Scam Ringleaders

Hong Kong authorities are intensifying efforts to apprehend the key operators behind JPEX, a cryptocurrency platform implicated in the city's largest alleged financial fraud. The police have arrested 15 individuals and seized assets worth HK$85 million ($10.8 million). Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po emphasized the need for a proper regulatory framework for Web3-related businesses.

Lesley O'Neill was Appointed as Binance.US Chief Compliance Officer

Lesley O'Neill was Appointed as Binance.US Chief Compliance Officer

Lesley O’Neill's appointment as Binance.US Chief Compliance Officer marks a strategic response to heightened SEC scrutiny, emphasizing the crypto industry's shift towards compliance and regulatory adherence.

French Bank SocGen Obtains Regulatory Approval to Offer Crypto Assets Services

French Bank SocGen Obtains Regulatory Approval to Offer Crypto Assets Services

Société Générale now engages in regulated crypto-related business activities.

Nomura's Laser Digital Launches Ethereum Adoption Fund for Institutional Investors

Nomura's Laser Digital Launches Ethereum Adoption Fund for Institutional Investors

Nomura's Laser Digital has launched an Ethereum Adoption Fund, focusing on institutional investors, with a strategy involving staking and regulated custody, aiming to increase institutional engagement in Ethereum investments.

Nasdaq to Launch Digital Asset Custody Services

Nasdaq to Launch Digital Asset Custody Services

Nasdaq is preparing to launch its custody services for digital assets by the end of Q2 2022, starting with Bitcoin and Ether. The exchange has applied for a limited-purpose trust company charter from the New York Department of Financial Services to oversee the new business and aims to eventually build a broad suite of services for its digital assets division. Its entry into the crypto market could potentially boost institutional investor confidence and pave the way for more traditional financial institutions to offer similar services.

Janet Yellen Urges Regulators to Move Fast on Regulating Stablecoin Rules

Janet Yellen Urges Regulators to Move Fast on Regulating Stablecoin Rules

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen pushed top US financial regulators to speed up regulations of stablecoin cryptocurrencies.

SEC's Gag Rule Faces Criticism: Commissioner Hester Peirce Calls for Reform

SEC's Gag Rule Faces Criticism: Commissioner Hester Peirce Calls for Reform

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce has publicly disagreed with the agency's refusal to amend the 1972 gag rule, raising concerns over its impact on free speech and regulatory integrity. The rule, which prevents defendants from criticizing SEC allegations post-settlement, is being challenged for its constitutional implications.

GSR Secures Major Payment Institution Licence from Singapore's MAS

GSR Secures Major Payment Institution Licence from Singapore's MAS

GSR, a global cryptocurrency trading firm, has received In-Principle Approval for a Major Payment Institution licence from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The approval allows GSR's Singapore subsidiary, GSR Markets Pte. Ltd., to better serve the cryptocurrency community. The news comes a day after Coinbase Singapore announced its full licence, highlighting the competitive yet regulated crypto landscape in Singapore.

Bittrex Global to End Trading on Dec 4, 2023

Bittrex Global to End Trading on Dec 4, 2023

Bittrex Global, a Liechtenstein-based cryptocurrency exchange, will cease operations on December 4, 2023, following regulatory challenges and legal proceedings, requiring customers to convert U.S. dollar holdings.

FDIC Requires Potential Buyers of Failed U.S. Banks to Give Up Crypto Services

FDIC Requires Potential Buyers of Failed U.S. Banks to Give Up Crypto Services

The FDIC has asked banks interested in acquiring failed U.S. lenders, Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, to submit bids by March 17. The authority will only accept bids from banks with an existing bank charter, prioritizing traditional lenders over private equity firms. The FDIC has also required any buyer of Signature to agree to give up all cryptocurrency business at the bank. This news comes amid concerns expressed by U.S. Representative Tom Emmer that the federal government is “weaponizing” issues around the banking industry to go after crypto.

Sean Patrick Maloney's OECD Role Amidst Crypto Advisory Background

Sean Patrick Maloney's OECD Role Amidst Crypto Advisory Background

Sean Patrick Maloney, after serving in the U.S. House and on Coinbase's Advisory Council, faces scrutiny over potential conflicts in his OECD ambassador role, signaling a pivotal moment for crypto regulation.

SEC Regrets Missteps in Debt Box Case: A Lesson in Legal Accountability

SEC Regrets Missteps in Debt Box Case: A Lesson in Legal Accountability

The SEC's acknowledgement of errors in the Debt Box case highlights the significance of accuracy and candor in legal proceedings, impacting regulatory practices in the cryptocurrency sector.

Nomura's Laser Digital Partners with WebN Group to Launch Libre Protocol on Polygon

Nomura's Laser Digital Partners with WebN Group to Launch Libre Protocol on Polygon

Nomura's Laser Digital and WebN Group have unveiled the Libre protocol, a fund tokenization infrastructure powered by Polygon technology, set to launch in Q1 2024. The protocol aims to revolutionize the management and distribution of alternative investments, with Brevan Howard and Hamilton Lane as initial users.

Yellen Works with Regulators to Address Silicon Valley Bank Collapse

Yellen Works with Regulators to Address Silicon Valley Bank Collapse

United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is working with regulators to address the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), one of the top 20 largest banks in the US. Yellen has stated that they are focused on protecting depositors, particularly small businesses that employ people across the country, and that they are considering a range of available options, including acquisitions from foreign banks.

SEC Extends Review Period for ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF

SEC Extends Review Period for ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF

The SEC has postponed its decision on the ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF till January 10, 2024, marking another delay in the approval process. Amid broader calls for swifter approvals, the SEC's meticulous review approach underscores the regulatory cautiousness enveloping cryptocurrency-based financial offerings.

South Korean Crypto Exchanges Reveal 'Compensation Reserve Funds'; Upbit Leads with KRW 20 Billion

South Korean Crypto Exchanges Reveal 'Compensation Reserve Funds'; Upbit Leads with KRW 20 Billion

The disclosure of 'Compensation Reserve Funds' by South Korean crypto exchanges, led by Upbit with KRW 20 billion, reflects the country's broader regulatory strides aimed at ensuring user protection, transaction transparency, and market discipline. This move aligns with the new regulatory framework set to be implemented in 2024, spotlighting the government's agenda to foster a robust infrastructure for digital assets, with the reserve fund mandate forming a cornerstone of this initiative.

Australian Regulator Takes Legal Action Against eToro Over High-Risk and Volatile Trading Products

Australian Regulator Takes Legal Action Against eToro Over High-Risk and Volatile Trading Products

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has filed a case in the Federal Court against the online investing platform eToro Aus Capital Limited about the suitability of eToro's target market for contract for difference (CFD) products.

BlackRock and ARK Invest Conform to SEC's Cash Redemption Model for Bitcoin ETF

BlackRock and ARK Invest Conform to SEC's Cash Redemption Model for Bitcoin ETF

Major ETF issuers BlackRock and ARK Invest comply with SEC's cash redemption model for their spot Bitcoin ETFs, potentially paving the way for regulatory approval.

China announces new financial regulator in governmental overhaul

China announces new financial regulator in governmental overhaul

China is introducing a new national financial regulator as part of a governmental overhaul. The current banking and insurance watchdog, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), will be abolished, and its responsibilities will be moved to a brand new administration. The new financial regulator will "strengthen institutional supervision, supervision of behaviors and supervision of functions." There was no specific mention of reforms for the crypto industry.

Celsius to Transition to Mining-Only NewCo following Bankruptcy Court's Confirmation of Plan

Celsius to Transition to Mining-Only NewCo following Bankruptcy Court's Confirmation of Plan

Celsius Network, following bankruptcy court approval, is transitioning to a Bitcoin mining-focused entity to address regulatory challenges from the SEC.

Indian Minister Reveals Crypto Regulatory Measures to Tame Terrorism

Indian Minister Reveals Crypto Regulatory Measures to Tame Terrorism

G. Kishan Reddy, India’s Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs disclosed that the nation would incorporate the standards of the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to deter terrorism by cutting off funding sources, especially cryptocurrencies.

Elon Musk's X to Launch In-App Payment Services by Mid-2024

Elon Musk's X to Launch In-App Payment Services by Mid-2024

Elon Musk's X plans to launch in-app payment services by mid-2024, indicating a shift from his previous crypto interests to fiat currency.

Congressional Memo Challenges SEC's SAB 121

Congressional Memo Challenges SEC's SAB 121

Congress members question the enforceability of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Staff Accounting Bulletin 121, arguing it deviates from standard accounting practices, misrepresents custodians' responsibilities, and increases consumer risk.

US Crypto Crackdown Hurts USD Coin

US Crypto Crackdown Hurts USD Coin

Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire has blamed the declining market capitalization of USD Coin (USDC) on the cryptocurrency crackdown by US regulators. Allaire cited global concern about the US banking system and regulatory environment as major factors.

German Authorities Clamps Down on 'Shitcoins club' Bitcoin ATM Operations

German Authorities Clamps Down on 'Shitcoins club' Bitcoin ATM Operations

Germany’s financial regulator (BaFin) has moved to stop the operations of Shitcoins Club, a popular Bitcoin ATM operator in the country.

China Has Kickstarted the Experimentation of a Blockchain Pilot in its Equity Trading Industry

China Has Kickstarted the Experimentation of a Blockchain Pilot in its Equity Trading Industry

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has kickstarted the experimentation of a blockchain pilot for the equity trading industry in the country. Announced by the Beijing Local Financial Supervision and Administration, CSRC will be assisting the Beijing Equity Trading Center for the blockchain pilot.

Yield Protocol and Utopia Labs Announce Wind-Down

Yield Protocol and Utopia Labs Announce Wind-Down

Yield Protocol and Utopia Labs have recently disclosed the cessation of their current operations due to various factors. While Yield Protocol cites inadequate demand for fixed-rate borrowing and regulatory hurdles, Utopia Labs is pivoting away from its existing product, though it remains upbeat about the crypto sector.

Cross-Asset Exchange Platform DIFX Acquires Additional License from EU Regulator

Cross-Asset Exchange Platform DIFX Acquires Additional License from EU Regulator

With the new license from the EU regulator, DIFX is well-positioned to serve clients in European markets.

Sep 03 Trading Analysis: Miners still the biggest swinging d*cks around

Sep 03 Trading Analysis: Miners still the biggest swinging d*cks around

No real headlines except Korea regulators coming after Bithumb (which isn't a "new" news imo). Instead, I actually think was driven by miners selling.

Bittrex to Wind Down US Operations

Bittrex to Wind Down US Operations

Cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex will wind down its US operations due to regulatory and economic challenges. US customers are advised to withdraw their funds by April 30, 2023.

Hawaii Pushes Out New Digital Currency Regulatory Sandbox to Boost Crypto Growth

Hawaii Pushes Out New Digital Currency Regulatory Sandbox to Boost Crypto Growth

The government of Hawaii has recently announced its establishment of a regulatory sandbox for digital currency companies. The partnership between the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Division of Financial Institutions (DFI) and Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) will see the launch of Hawaii’s first pilot program aimed for digital currencies.

SEC Delays Decision on Ether ETFs to May 2024, Impacting Key Proposals

SEC Delays Decision on Ether ETFs to May 2024, Impacting Key Proposals

The SEC has postponed its decision on several Ether ETFs, including Hashdex Nasdaq Ethereum ETF and Grayscale Ethereum Futures ETF, affecting the future of Ethereum-based financial products.

Enigma Settles With US SEC Over Unregistered 2017 ICO

Enigma Settles With US SEC Over Unregistered 2017 ICO

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced it has settled charges against blockchain startup Enigma MPC.

US House Committees To Hold Joint Hearings On Digital Asset Regulations

US House Committees To Hold Joint Hearings On Digital Asset Regulations

The US House Financial Services and Agriculture Committees, along with the Digital Assets, Financial Technology and Inclusion Subcommittee, and the Commodity Markets, Digital Assets, and Rural Development Subcommittee will hold joint hearings in May to establish regulatory clarity for the digital asset ecosystem. Representative Patrick McHenry, the House Financial Services Committee chairman, has announced that the hearings aim to establish a bill providing regulatory clarity to the crypto sector, which adds to the work on a bipartisan bill led by crypto-friendly Senator Cynthia Lummis and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

dYdX to Exit Canadian Market

dYdX to Exit Canadian Market

Cryptocurrency derivatives exchange dYdX is set to exit the Canadian market due to regulatory restrictions. The exchange will stop onboarding new Canadian users and move existing users to "close-only mode" over the next seven days, allowing them to only withdraw funds. dYdX is hoping for a change in the regulatory climate to resume services in the country.

Tornado Cash Token Plummets Following Binance Delisting Announcement

Tornado Cash Token Plummets Following Binance Delisting Announcement

The Tornado Cash token's value significantly decreased following Binance's delisting announcement, amid regulatory and market compliance issues in the cryptocurrency sector.

Coinbase Calls for Judicial Intervention on SEC's Inaction

Coinbase Calls for Judicial Intervention on SEC's Inaction

Coinbase's Chief Legal Officer, Paul Grewal, has filed a formal response with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, urging a mandamus order to compel the SEC to act on Coinbase’s rulemaking petition within 30 days, highlighting the SEC's prolonged inaction and the pressing need for regulatory clarity surrounding digital assets.

Circle Formally Refutes Allegations of Illicit Financing and Connections to Justin Sun

Circle Formally Refutes Allegations of Illicit Financing and Connections to Justin Sun

Circle denies CfA's allegations of illicit financing and Justin Sun ties, emphasizing regulatory compliance and advocating for stronger stablecoin laws, as clarified by Dante Disparte.

Coinbase CEO Compares SEC to Soccer Refs in Criticism of Lack of Clarity Around Crypto Regulation

Coinbase CEO Compares SEC to Soccer Refs in Criticism of Lack of Clarity Around Crypto Regulation

Coinbase CEO, Brian Armstrong, compared the SEC to “soccer refs” in a game of pickleball, criticizing the regulator for their lack of clarity around crypto regulation. The comments came after Coinbase revealed they had been issued a Wells notice, which typically precedes an enforcement action. The crypto community has widely condemned the recent notice, with many agreeing that the SEC has reversed its earlier position regarding Coinbase.

HKPF and SFC Form Joint Working Group to Tackle Illicit Activities in VATPs

HKPF and SFC Form Joint Working Group to Tackle Illicit Activities in VATPs

The HKPF and SFC have formed a joint working group to enhance monitoring and investigation of illegal activities related to VATPs. The group aims to facilitate information sharing, assess risks, and collaborate on investigations. The move comes amid ongoing investigations into the unlicensed operations of the Dubai-based JPEX exchange.

Beware of an Overseas Crypto Scam, Thai Regulator Stipulates

Beware of an Overseas Crypto Scam, Thai Regulator Stipulates

The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has discovered a crypto scam where overseas companies are involved.

Canadian Regulator Charges Coinsquare Executives For Crypto Market Manipulation

Canadian Regulator Charges Coinsquare Executives For Crypto Market Manipulation

Coinsquare executives have resigned following a settlement with the Ontario Securities Commission.

Amun AG Obtained Approval from Swedish Regulator for ETP Offerings in EU

Amun AG Obtained Approval from Swedish Regulator for ETP Offerings in EU

Swiss crypto firm, Amun AG granted permission to market its exchange-traded products to several retails' clients within the EU. Cointelegraph has reported that this will help in expanding Switzerland's crypto offerings both globally and domestically.

Swiss Regulator Issues Banking Licenses to Two Blockchain Firms

Swiss Regulator Issues Banking Licenses to Two Blockchain Firms

The Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) in Switzerland has issued banking and securities dealers’ licenses to two new blockchain companies.

Germany’s Federal Financial Regulator Warns Investors Over Bulgarian Crypto Broker

Germany’s Federal Financial Regulator Warns Investors Over Bulgarian Crypto Broker

Bulgarian crypto broker, 5 Capital, has been offering financial services to investors without being approved by the Germany financial watchdog, federal financial supervisory authority (BaFin).

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Wants Regulator Clarity for Crypto Innovation

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Wants Regulator Clarity for Crypto Innovation

Hester Peirce, Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission has continued her push for regulatory clarity on crypto and blockchain projects to encourage innovation in the US capital markets.

Brazil Becomes the First Latin American Country to Get Its First Bitcoin ETF

Brazil Becomes the First Latin American Country to Get Its First Bitcoin ETF

Brazil’s regulator has approved the first ever Bitcoin exchange-traded fund in Latin America.

UK FCA Regulator Proposes Mandatory AML Data Reports from Cryptocurrency Firms

UK FCA Regulator Proposes Mandatory AML Data Reports from Cryptocurrency Firms

The United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has proposed obligatory AML reporting requirements for crypto exchanges.

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