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SEC and FINRA Issue Joint Statement on Broker-Dealer Custody of Digital Asset Securities

On July 8, 2019, the staffs of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”)  issued a joint statement articulating

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Cryptoassets, FINRA, SEC, SIPA, US

Class Action Against Crypto Mining Scheme Moves Forward

On June 21, 2019 a Connecticut federal judge certified a class of alleged victims of a cryptocurrency mining Ponzi scheme.  Class certification is another step forward in providing legitimate avenues

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Class Action, Cryptocurrency, Litigation, US

Celebrities Mayweather and Khaled, Fined by the SEC, But Dismissed from Private Civil Lawsuit

We previously reported that, in November 2018, in a first of its kind case, the SEC charged  celebrities DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather with touting violations involving ICOs. Without admitting or

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ICO, Litigation, Touting, US

FinCEN Issues Guidance and Advisory on Convertible Virtual Currencies

On May 9, 2019, the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued guidance on the application of Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) regulations, specifically those regulations applicable to money services businesses

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Cryptocurrency, FinCEN, US

FinCEN’s First Enforcement Action Against P2P Virtual Currency Exchanger

On April 18, 2019, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), an arm of the U.S. Department of the Treasury assessed

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Bitcoin, Currency Exchange, FinCEN, US

Bitcoin Dealer Sentenced to Two Years in Prison and Ordered to Forfeit Ill-Gotten Gains

On April 8, 2019, Jacob Burrell Campos of Rosarito, Mexico, was sentenced to two years in prison and to forfeit

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AML, Criminal, KYC, Money Transmitter, US

SEC Issues its First Cryptocurrency No-Action Letter

In a first, on April 3, 2019, the US Securities and Exchange Commission issued its first cryptocurrency No-Action Letter.  The

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Cryptocurrency, No-Action Letter, SEC, US

Foreign Trading Platform and Its CEO to Pay $990,000 for Illegal Bitcoin-Related Transactions with U.S. Customers

On March 11, 2019, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that it had entered into a Consent Order

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AML, CFTC, FCM, SEC, US

U.S. SEC Encourages Self-Reporting in ICO Registration Violation Case

On February 20, 2019 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) reached a settlement with Gladius Network LLC for conducting

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Enforcement, ICO, SEC, US

US Congress Inches Forward on Laws for Cryptocurrencies

House bills with bipartisan support would direct regulators to examine new ways to oversee digital assets and protect them from

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CFTC, Legislation, US

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