California to launch the first US Virtual Currency Sandbox

California feels, rather than licensing virtual currency businesses, it should enroll them in a program to help the state learn more about the technology. Last year Bill 1326 was introduced to license virtual currency businesses (the Initial Bill)...

New Wyoming Bill should bring back bitcoin exchanges

New bill being introduced in Wyoming to make cryptocurrency 'permissable instrument'. Read here. Implication that crypto exchanges will be able to satisfy MSB client money protection rules by holding customer bitcoins rather than equivalent amount in US...

Bitcoin: ‘property’ or ‘currency’ a 1.3m US dollar question?

US bankruptcy case where Trustee for failed company HashFast is seeking 3000 bitcoins back from Lowe (who was a promoter of HashFast). If Trustee is successful in proving bitcoin is a commodity and or property...

Don’t forget to register with FinCEN if you are a foreign digital currency exchange

Sometimes there is a misconception that if you are based outside of the US and operating a digital currency exchange with US customers that there is no requirement to comply with US rules. That is...

How will blockchain tech affect Transfer Agents? The SEC wants to know

The SEC is inviting comment on its proposal for Rulemaking on Transfer Agents. A Transfer Agent is a US term to denote a financial institution assigned by a publicly trading company to maintain records of shareholders,...

Selling bitcoins is not regulated by State of Florida?

Previously we reported of the entrapment case of Michell Espinoza who was accused of operating an unlicensed MSB and money laundering for having sold bitcoin to undercover agents with fake criminal pretexts. The Circuit Court Judge...

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...

SEC Chair Mary Jo – Blockchain to Replace Trading, Clearing and Settlement Systems

SEC Chair Mary Jo White gave an interesting Keynote at the SEC-Rock Center on the 'Protection of Investors in an Innovative Marketplace'. She spoke of 'unicorns' ($1bn companies) and the alchemy of valuations and the...

Compliance with Bank Secrecy Act – MSB – US

FinCEN has made clear, in its latest fine against Ripple Labs, that even if an ‘exchange’ or ‘administrator’ fails to register at a Federal level for their activities, that they are still subject to...

SEC Charges Bitcoin Mining Companies

SEC charges two bitcoin mining companies with conducting a 'ponzi' scheme.