U.K. Releases Economic Crime Plan That Addresses Crypto Assets

The Economic Crime Plan (2019–22) released by the U.K. government and the trade association UK Finance details regulatory action on cryptocurrencies to prevent their use in criminal activities.  According to the document, the government is working closely with businesses to bring together private and public sectors in an attempt to tackle fraud, money laundering, bribery…

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Canadian Government Releases Final AML Regulations for Crypto Businesses

Aware of growing public concern about money laundering and terrorist financing, the government of Canada introduced its final anti-money laundering (AML) regulations today, July 10, 2019. These rules will impact Canadian crypto businesses, including exchanges, digital platforms, custodial wallets, ICOs, utility and gaming tokens, escrow services and possibly bitcoin ATMs. The title of the new…

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G20 Supports FATF Crypto Recommendations

At a conference in Osaka, Japan, on June 28 and 29, 2019, the leaders of the G20 economic bloc formally announced their support of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) cryptocurrency guidelines as laid out in late June. The FATF is an international regulatory organization with the set task of making formal policy recommendations to…

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Crypto Lender Sees High Demand for Stablecoin Loans in Chinese Market

Asia-based crypto lender BabelBank has announced a record-high number of crypto-collateralized loans issued amid new rebranding efforts. The crypto firm will now be called BabelFinance, a name change which, the company says, signifies its efforts to offer broader services for crypto users, especially in the Chinese market. In a statement, the crypto lender claims to…

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CFTC Chair Giancarlo Hints at What’s Holding Back Bakkt’s Bitcoin Futures

The Takeaway Bakkt, the proposed bitcoin futures exchange, remains in regulatory limbo CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo wouldn’t discuss specific proposals, but his general comments about crypto regulation offer hints at the reasons Bakkt is languishing Part of the problem appears to be the firm’s plan to custody its own bitcoin, and clear trades through its…

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US Lawyers: Crypto Regulations Are ‘Tough Waters to Navigate’

In a recent interview, Matt Kohen and Justin Wales, two senior counsels working for Carlton Fields’ virtual currency and distributed ledger technology group, highlighted the challenges that legal practitioners and regulators face in interpreting United States regulations pertaining to cryptocurrency. Also Read: Quadrigacx Saga: Founder’s Widow Owns $5.6m Properties, Hospital Confirms Cotten’s Death Cryptocurrency Lawyers Emphasize…

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No Reason to ‘Bury’ Cryptocurrencies, Russian PM Medvedev Says

Economy & Regulation Last year’s falling prices are not a good enough reason to “bury” cryptocurrencies, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said during a high-level economic conference. He believes Russia should carefully follow the developments around digital coins.   Also read: Clickbait Media Uses Bitcoin and Russia to Pump Headlines Again Russia Should Watch Carefully…

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Stablecoin Issuers May Need Licenses in Texas, Unlike Most Crypto Startups

Stablecoins may qualify as “money” under Texas law, according to updated guidance from the state Department of Banking. A memo published Wednesday by Texas Banking Commissioner Charles Cooper outlines how cryptocurrencies are to be treated under local and federal regulations, in particular adding details of how stablecoins backed by sovereign, or fiat, currencies may be…

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