Category:Cryptocurrencies & ICOs

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AML Reforms Part 2: Digital Currency Service Providers
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SFC Circular on SFC-Authorized Funds with Exposure to Virtual Assets–Part 1
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The Aloha State Finally Welcomes Crypto
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California is Seeking Industry Input on New Crypto Rules
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Singapore to Share Cryptocurrency Tax Information With Other Countries
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CFPB Wants to Oversee Large Nonbank Digital Payment Providers
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NY AG Sues Gemini, Genesis, and DCG for Fraud
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Australia: Licensing Comes to the Crypto Industry
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CFTC Files Complaint Against Voyager’s Former CEO Stephen Ehrlich Alleging Fraud and Registration Failures
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Australia: Expanding AML requirements for digital currency exchanges

AML Reforms Part 2: Digital Currency Service Providers

By: Daniel Knight and Kithmin Ranamukhaarachchi

The Australian Attorney-General’s Department (Department) has released five consultation papers outlining proposals for extensive reforms to Australia’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) regime.

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SFC Circular on SFC-Authorized Funds with Exposure to Virtual Assets–Part 1

By: Jay Lee and Anson Chan

Earlier this year, the US Securities and Exchange Commission approved 11 spot Bitcoin ETFs. In Hong Kong, in view of rapid developments of virtual asset (VA) products and growing investment products offering exposure to VAs, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a circular, on 22 December 2023, detailing requirements for investment funds with exposure of more than 10% of net asset value (NAV) to VA seeking authorization for public offerings in Hong Kong (Circular).

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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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California is Seeking Industry Input on New Crypto Rules

By: Jeremy McLaughlin and Josh Durham

The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) is requesting comments on potential rules it will promulgate to implement the state’s recently-enacted Digital Financial Assets Law (DFAL), which establishes a formal licensing regime for digital asset service providers. Please review our client alert for a detailed analysis of the new law, which takes effect 1 July 2025.

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Singapore to Share Cryptocurrency Tax Information With Other Countries

By: Nicolet-Serra and Josh Durham

Singapore has just become the 48th nation (joining the US) to begin implementing the international Crypto-Asset Reporting Framework (CARF), which is intended to standardize the automatic exchange of personal financial information between countries and to reduce tax evasion by those engaging in cryptocurrency transactions.

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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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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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Australia: Licensing Comes to the Crypto Industry

By Daniel Knight and Kithmin Ranamukhaarachchi

Yesterday the Australian Federal Government released its proposal paper on regulating the crypto industry (Paper). The government proposes to regulate exchanges, custodians and other digital asset service providers within the scope the Australian Financial Services (AFS) licensing regime.

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CFTC Files Complaint Against Voyager’s Former CEO Stephen Ehrlich Alleging Fraud and Registration Failures

By Cliff Histed, Cheryl Isaac, Eden Rohrer, and Josh Durham

On 12 October, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed a complaint against Stephen Ehrlich, the former CEO of the now-defunct cryptocurrency platform, Voyager Digital (Voyager), in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. In its 55-page complaint, the CFTC asserts both fraud and registration failures by Ehrlich in connection with the Voyager platform and Voyager’s operation of an unregistered commodity pool.

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Australia: Expanding AML requirements for digital currency exchanges

By Daniel Knight and Grace Hall

The Australian Government has committed to reforming Australia’s AML/CTF regime, with proposed reforms set to impact digital currency exchange (DCE) providers.

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