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...

“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...

US Rules ICOs and Token Sales are Sales of Securities

Legal implications are being assigned to blockchain projects in the US as the Securities and Exchange Commission has ruled that investment methods employed by blockchain-based projects – such as Initial Coin Offerings or Token...

SEC Charges Bitcoin Mining Companies

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

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...

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...
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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...

Wyoming State in a Race to be USA’s Friendly Home for ICOs

The US State of Wyoming legislature unanimously passed a bill that provides exemption from security regulations if they satisfy three key requirements as of July 2018. The bill states that: Except as otherwise provided by...

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,...