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...

US Blockchain Alliance Forms to Combat Criminality, Bring Bitcoin Community & US Gov Together

The Chamber of Digital Commerce and Coin Center have established a forum, called the Blockchain Alliance, to help combat criminal activity involving bitcoin and the blockchain. The organization is comprised of a coalition of companies and other institutions that...

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...

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,...

“The Times They Are A Changin’” – tax enforcement against cryptoexchanges is the new...

The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has requested details on Coinbase’s users to identify any tax violations. This action seems to have arisen as a result of US Treasury reprimanding the IRS for not...
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CFTC ruling that bitcoin and digital currency are commodities

Recent action brought against Coinflip by the CFTC clarifies definition of digital currencies as 'commodities'. The CFTC states: "Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are encompassed in the definition and properly defined as commodities". The Coinflip platform...

CFTC Commissioner advice to regulators regarding blockchain technology: “Do No Harm”

CFTC Commissioner Christopher Giancarlo gave a speech at the end of March to the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation where he compared blockchain technology to the internet. He created a corollary between no regulatory intervention with...

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...

Miami CSI – Bitcoin entrapment 101

US undercover agents regularly adopt overt criminal pretexts for the purchase of bitcoin to see who will fall in the snare. It is quite apparent, that the problem with money laundering regulation is that...

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...