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FSB Publishes Directory of Cryptoassets Regulators

Posted in Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies
On April 5, the UK Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a directory of regulators and other authorities in FSB jurisdictions who cover cryptoasset issues. The FSB delivered the directory to the April 2019 G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting. It notes that the directory’s purpose is to provide information only—it does not define… Continue Reading

SEC Releases Framework for “Investment Contract” Analysis of Digital Assets

Posted in Broker-Dealer, Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies
Recognizing the need for guidance as to the application of US federal securities law for those considering an Initial Coin Offering (ICO), or otherwise engaging in the offer, sale or distribution of a digital asset, the Securities and Exchange Commission released its Framework for “Investment Contract” Analysis of Digital Assets. The Framework represents the views… Continue Reading

FINRA Releases 2019 Annual Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter

Posted in Broker-Dealer, Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies
On January 22, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued its annual Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter. This year’s letter includes a number of new areas for firms to consider in seeking to improve their compliance, supervisory and risk management programs.… Continue Reading

CFTC Issues Request for Input on Crypto-Assets

Posted in CFTC, Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies
As part of its LabCFTC initiative, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a Request for Input (RFI) to deepen the CFTC’s understanding of the technology, mechanics, and markets for Ether and its use on the Ethereum Network. In particular, the RFI seeks to understand similarities and distinctions between Ether and Bitcoin (as well as other… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Consultation Paper on Restricting CFD Products Sold to Retail Clients

Posted in Derivatives, Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On December 7, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a consultation paper on restricting contract for difference (CFD) and other derivative products sold to retail consumers. In its consultation paper, the FCA is proposing to intervene in the CFD market to address allegedly poor conduct by firms offering CFD products to retail customers, and… Continue Reading

Cryptoassets Taskforce Publishes Final Report

Posted in Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies, UK Developments
On October 29, the UK “Cryptoasset Taskforce,” consisting of HM Treasury, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Bank of England, published its final report setting out the United Kingdom’s policy and regulatory approach to cryptoassets and distributed ledger technology (DLT) in financial services. The Cryptoassets Taskforce was established in March 2018 as part… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Stakeholder Group Advice on Containing Risks of ICOs and Crypto Assets

Posted in Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies, EU Developments
On October 19, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an own-initiative report, produced by its Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group (SMSG), on initial coin offerings (ICOs) and crypto assets. The report gives advice to ESMA on steps it can take to contain the risks of ICOs and crypto assets, on top of existing… Continue Reading

CFTC Announces Technology Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted in CFTC, Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has announced that its Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) will hold a meeting on Friday, October 5. The meeting will be held in the Conference Center at the CFTC’s Washington, DC headquarters from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm ET. Representatives of several TAC subcommittees, including the Automated and Modern Trading… Continue Reading

UK Treasury Committee Calls for Regulation of Crypto-Assets

Posted in Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies, UK Developments
On September 19, the UK’s House of Commons Treasury Committee (Treasury Committee) published a report on its inquiry into crypto-assets, launched in February 2018. The report is an update of what was provided on its website in May 2018 (for further details, see the May 25, 2018 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest). Key… Continue Reading

SEC Disapproves BZX Proposed Rule Change to List Shares of Bitcoin-Based Exchange-Traded Product

Posted in Broker-Dealer, Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies
On July 26, the Securities and Exchange Commission disapproved a Bats BZX Exchange proposed rule change that would have permitted the listing and trading of shares of the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust (Trust) on BZX. This is the SEC’s second disapproval of the proposed rule change as it has previously disapproved the exchange’s original proposal in… Continue Reading

CFTC Issues Customer Advisory on Digital Coins and Tokens

Posted in CFTC, Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an advisory warning customers of the dangers of purchasing digital coins or tokens. Among other things, the advisory warns customers that buying digital coins or tokens for speculative purposes carries significant risk and identifies various factors that could affect the current or longer-term value of a digital coin… Continue Reading

FSB Publishes Report on Cryptoassets

Posted in Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On July 16, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a report on the work of the FSB and standard setting bodies on cryptoassets. The report was delivered to the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors ahead of their meeting on July 21 – 22. The standard setting bodies, whose work is summarized in the… Continue Reading

FINRA Encourages Firms To Disclose Activities Related to Digital Assets

Posted in Broker-Dealer
On July 6, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority published Regulatory Notice 18-20, which encourages member firms to promptly notify FINRA if the firm or any of its associated persons or affiliates engages or intends to engage in any activities involving digital assets, such as cryptocurrencies and other virtual coins and tokens. Digital assets activities include… Continue Reading