Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

We Need More Investor Protection in Crypto Assets, SEC Chair Gary Gensler States: “It’s best not to wait for a big spill on aisle three”

During the opening comments at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s meeting of the Investor Advisory Committee, SEC Chair Gary Gensler once again rang the warning bell on the need for greater oversight of the fast-growing digital asset/crypto sector. Gensler stated in prepared remarks: “… with… Read More

SEC Charges Latvian Citizen Ivars Auzins with $7 Million Crypto Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Ivars Auzins, a citizen of Latvia with crypto asset fraud. The SEC states that the defendant also went under the names of Ron Ramsey and Daniel Gaines. According to a statement by the SEC, Auzins allegedly defrauded… Read More

European Central Bank Reports that User Testing Began for New T2 System

Prospective users of the forthcoming large-value payment system T2 are able to begin testing the functionalities of the system as of December 1, 2021. The testing is scheduled to run over the coming year and will “allow participants to prepare for a smooth migration to… Read More

Grayscale Points to Letter Sent to the SEC Advocating for Bitcoin ETF

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has consistently denied aspiring exchange-traded products that aim to offer a Bitcoin ETF based on the spot price of the world’s most popular digital asset. Recently, a Bitcoin ETF based on Bitcoin futures was approved but this was effectively… Read More

House Financial Services Committee Hearing to Include Top Crypto Names Testifying on Behalf of Industry

The House Financial Services Committee has announced the list of witnesses scheduled to testify at a hearing entitled “Digital Assets and the Future of Finance: Understanding the Challenges and Benefits of Financial Innovation in the United States.”  The witnesses include many of the biggest names… Read More

David Marcus, Diem / Libra Leader at Facebook Plans Exit: Report

David Marcus, the lead executive at Facebook / Meta (NASDAQ:FB) heading the charge for Facebook’s botched attempt to create a digital currency is exiting the firm to “pursue other projects,” according to a report in Bloomberg. Marcus joined Facebook from PayPal in 2014. According to… Read More

It is Now Legal to Crowdfund Across All of the European Union But Challenges Remain

Earlier this month, the European Crowdfunding Service Providers Regulation (ECSPR) went into effect across the entire European Union. A dramatic step forward in removing internal borders in regards to capital formation, and part of the overall Fintech Action plan, the regulation allows firms in need… Read More

Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen Provides Answers to Senator Toomey’s Questions including Stablecoin Clarification

The Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen has provided responses to questions put forth by Senator Pat Toomey – the ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Committee. The questions are in follow-up to a recent hearing at the Committee. Yellen, along with Fed Chairman Jerome… Read More

France: AMF Publishes Report on Rise of Retail Investors and Interest in “Neo-Brokers”

The French Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) is out with a report that highlights the interest of retail investors in the financial markets. A follow on report to a prior study in April 2020, the AMF states that trading volumes in regulated financial instruments have… Read More

British Business Investments Commits £7 Million to P2P Lender Folk2Folk

British Business Investments, has committed £7 million to Folk2Folk, a peer-to-peer lender with a unique approach for loan originations. British Business Investments is a commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank, a UK government-backed entity. According to a note from Folk2Folk, British Business Investments aims… Read More

British Patient Capital CEO Says UK Venture Capital is Notable Success in the Time of COVID

  Judith Hartley, CEO of British Patient Capital, says the performance of UK venture capital is a notable success story during a challenging period for businesses across the world British Patient Capital is a wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of British Business Bank plc, the UK government’s… Read More

Ant Group backed Personal Credit-Scoring Joint Venture Application Accepted by People’s Bank of China

China’s reserve bank confirmed on Friday (November 26, 2021) that it had accepted the application to launch a personal credit-scoring joint venture that is reportedly being backed by Alibaba‘s (NYSE: BABA) Fintech division Ant Group and various other companies. Qiantang Credit Rating Co Ltd will… Read More

China: WeChat and Alipay Payment Codes for Businesses Banned by People’s Bank of China

The People’s Bank of China has banned the use of WeChat and Alipay payment codes for businesses beginning on March 1, 2022, according to reports. WeChat and Alipay are the two most popular digital payment platforms in China. According to China News, personal collection codes… Read More

Chair of Senate Banking Committee Sends Letters to Top Stablecoin Issuers

Senator Sherrod Brown, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, has sent a letter to multiple stablecoin issuers and crypto exchanges. The letter was proceeded by a report issued by the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets that addressed stablecoins, published at the beginning of November…. Read More

Joe Biden’s Radical Selection to Head the OCC Appears to be Doomed as Multiple Democrats Will Not Support Nominee

The confirmation of Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden’s selection to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) – the top bank regulator, appears to be doomed as multiple Democrat Senators have expressed to the Whitehouse they will not support the nominee. Omarova,… Read More

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Scheduled to Discuss Digital Assets and Investor Protection

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee will be discussing digital assets or crypto on December 2nd. According to the agenda, a panel discussion will be hosted  entitled “Helping to Ensure Investor Protection and Market Integrity in the Face of New Technologies.” This… Read More

SEC Obtains Final Judgement on Marijuana Company Offering Totaling $6 Million

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained final judgment on an enforcement action that involved a securities offering for an erstwhile marijuana-based firm. According to the SEC, on November 19, 2021, the US District Court for the Central District of California entered final judgments… Read More

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Issues Interpretive Letter on Cryptocurrency and Banks, Joint Statement on Crypto Issued by Fed, OCC and FDIC

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the leading regulatory overseeing national banks, has issued a letter confirming that national banks and federal savings associations can engage in crypto but must demonstrate adequate controls in place before they can engage in certain cryptocurrency,… Read More

Binance Looking for Investments from Sovereign Wealth Funds, Hopes to Offset Regulatory Pressure: Report

Binance is said to be approaching sovereign wealth funds to invest in the world’s largest crypto exchange. Binance, the largest crypto exchange in the world, has largely been able to avoid the growing concern of global financial regulators and an increasing desire to reign in… Read More

Bank of England Financial Policy Member Addresses Booming Crypto Ecosystem and Need for Better Regulation

Bank of England External Member of the Financial Policy Committee Carolyn A. Wilkins will deliver a speech to the Québec Autorités des marchés today. The text of her speech has been released in advance of the presentation and she will be addressing the booming crypto… Read More

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