NY Bitlicense definitive framework [pt.4]

  AML/KYC Requirements Licensees must implement an anti-money laundering program. The AML program is to be based upon an initial risk assessment performed by the Licensee. Risk assessments must be performed on an annual basis, or...

Money Laundering Regulations 2007 – UK

Money Laundering Regulations 2007 (MLR) ONLY applies to regulated businesses in the UK. These place proactive obligations on regulated firms to conduct customer due diligence, record keeping. Some of the requirements are as follows: Application of customer due...

Regulatory Update – NY BitLicense and BTC in Russia

  In this week's update we discuss: - NY BitLicense - Russia's stance on BTC and BTC websites - See article here For more information and in-depth analysis on these topics, please visit the Merkle Tree Blog at...

Regulatory Updates – P2P lending in the US and Canada’s perspective on regulating BTC

  In this week's update we discuss: - Legal precedent for P2P lending in the US - Canada's Standing Senate Committee on Banking Trade and Commerce publishes a report on regulating Bitcoin  For more information and in-depth analysis on...

NY Bitlicense definitive framework [pt.3]

  Capital Requirements The Superintendent determines the amount and form of capital a Licensee must maintain at all times to “ensure the financial integrity of the Licensee and its ongoing operations.” The Licensee’s finances and market positioning strongly...

NY Bitlicense definitive framework [pt.1]

  On the 3rd June the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) released the definitive BitLicense framework. The focus was on those businesses that maintain custody of a client’s funds or exchange digital...

Exclusive interview with David Hedqvist – ECJ proceedings on VAT for Bitcoin

In an exclusive interview with David Hedqvist from Bitcoin.se we see an emerging EU-wide picture for VAT and regulation for Bitcoin. Yesterday David Hedqvist had a preliminary hearing with the ECJ on the application...

itBit receives trust charter in New York.

This is the first digital currency business to receive a Trust Charter. NYSDFS invited applicants to apply for a Trust Charter in March last year. The only difference between a Trust Charter and a fully fledged...

Australian Senate Committee Report on Digital Currencies

The Australian Senate Economics Reference Committee released a report discussing various aspects of digital currencies (DC). The report gave a broad overview of digital currencies, opportunities and risks, tax treatment under Australian law, regulatory...

Update on Russia – new law on Bitcoin forthcoming

  In January 2015, Russia’s Federal Supervision Agency for Information Technologies and Communications (Roskomnadzor) blocked 7 websites on the basis that it they contained Bitcoin information. At the time, Roskomnadzor used its powers under the 2012...