Author - Chelsea Wickstrom

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Australia: BNPL Regulation Takes Another Step Forward
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The Aloha State Finally Welcomes Crypto
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CFPB Wants to Oversee Large Nonbank Digital Payment Providers
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Hong Kong Stock Exchange Launches a New Blockchain-Based, Real-Time Settlement Platform
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NY AG Sues Gemini, Genesis, and DCG for Fraud

Australia: BNPL Regulation Takes Another Step Forward

By: Dan Knight and Ben Kneebush

On 12 March 2024, the Australian Treasury released for consultation an exposure draft legislative package that proposes to amend the current regulatory framework to regulate low cost credit contracts (LCCCs), including Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) arrangements and other types of credit contracts. These changes are designed to be flexible, adaptable and proportionate to the risk of consumer harm.

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The Aloha State Finally Welcomes Crypto

By: Jeremy McLaughlin and Joshua Durham

Hawaii has long been a thorn in the side of crypto companies. That thorn has finally been removed: on 25 January 2024, the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs issued a press release summarizing its findings on the proper regulatory framework for cryptocurrency—its conclusion is that it will not apply the state’s money transmitter law to cryptocurrency activities. Hawaii initially worked with cryptocurrency companies to create an alternative licensing framework, but was ultimately unable to conceive of an adequate digital asset license.

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CFPB Wants to Oversee Large Nonbank Digital Payment Providers

By Jeremy McLaughlin, Andrew Hinkes, and Josh Durham

Yesterday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that, according to the agency, aims to “crack down on [fintech] regulatory arbitrage by ensuring large technology firms and other nonbank payment providers are subjected to appropriate oversight.”

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Hong Kong Stock Exchange Launches a New Blockchain-Based, Real-Time Settlement Platform

By Jay Lee and Beatrice Wun

Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) recently launched “HKEx Synapse” (Synapse), a new blockchain-based settlement platform to complement the existing post-trade infrastructure for Northbound Stock Connect. “Stock Connect” in Hong Kong refers to a market access program through which investors in Mainland China and Hong Kong can trade and settle shares listed on the other market via exchanges and clearing houses in the home market. “Northbound Stock Connect” refers to the market access program where investors in Hong Kong can have access to shares in Mainland China.

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NY AG Sues Gemini, Genesis, and DCG for Fraud

By Eden Rohrer, Aiden O’Leary, and Josh Durham

On 19 October 2023, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against cryptocurrency companies Gemini Trust Company, LLC (Gemini), Genesis Global Capital, LLC (Genesis), Digital Currency Group, Inc. (DCG), and several of their affiliates and controlling persons, in relation to Gemini’s digital asset investment program called Gemini Earn (Earn). In addition to claims that Earn constituted the offering of an unregistered security, which we have seen recently in other SEC and state regulator enforcement actions, the lawsuit also claims that the defendants allegedly defrauded investors by concealing the program’s risks and misleading investors about the financial stability of Genesis.

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