Regulation

This, the second edition of SAR Stats, is FinCEN’s annual review of aggregated Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) filings. The 44-page PDF report contained statistical and qualitative analysis of SAR filings, including emerging trends; highlights from within each sector (e.g. MSB, Securities & Futures); and, SAR...

This weekend, the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), a nonprofit dedicated to creating consistency among U.S. state laws, will convene in Washington D.C. to discuss model legislation ("Regulation of Virtual Currencies Act") for the regulatory oversight of bitcoin entities. The most recent draft of the ULC’s...

Much has been written lately about the rapid growth of bitcoin in the Ukraine. Economists and digital currency enthusiasts alike point to a myriad of interconnected factors, including capital controls, hyperinflation of the Hryvnia, and the crisis in Crimea. Last year, as you may...

Earlier this week, the Isle of Man received a great deal of mainstream press, deservedly so, for its innovation-friendly climate and straightforward bitcoin regulation. The Manx government has successfully turned this quirky island off the coast of the U.K. into one the world’s foremost technology...

AB-1326, “Virtual Currency”, was unexpectedly shelved earlier this week despite multiple unanimous or near-unanimous votes in the California Assembly and Senate. The bill, which would have governed how digital currency businesses can operate in California, was lauded by many in the industry as a favorable...

Recently, much has been written about the relatively slow rate of bitcoin adoption in Asia. The cause, it’s been said, is the combination of a lack of awareness and the absence of regulation. The latter seems a bit ironic given recent events here in the...

At a recent conference of AML professionals, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Deputy Director of Financial Policy and Regulation, Obot Akpan, labeled digital currency “dangerous” and a “channel for money laundering”. Mr. Akpan arrived at this conclusion because, in his words, it’s “not a legal...

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Deputy Governor, SS Mundra, called for “appropriate regulatory changes” to accommodate the oversight of cryptocurrency. Mr. Mundra hinted at a comprehensive and multi-facetted regulatory framework, reminiscent of New York’s BitLicense, when referencing “…concerns around orderly growth of the system, consumer...

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