UK plan on digital securities sandbox laid before Parliament

The United Kingdom Financial Services and Markets Act’s provisions on a digital securities sandbox are scheduled to come into force in January 2024 after being presented to Parliament. In a Dec. 18 publication, the U.K. government announced the Digital Securities Sandbox (DSS) regulations of the 2023 Financial Services and Markets Act, which were laid before […]

Worldcoin expands, Saudi Aramco considers digital assets, and more

Traditional financial firms are increasingly connecting services, portfolios and operations with digital assets, taking advantage of the crypto winter to build and find a market fit for crypto-related solutions. Recent examples include Deutsche Bank’s asset management arm, DWS, which announced a new venture with Galaxy Digital and Flow Traders to jointly issue a euro-denominated stablecoin. […]

Tether announces wallet-freezing policy for OFAC-sanctioned persons

Stablecoin issuer Tether has announced another step toward cooperation with law enforcement and regulatory agencies by initiating a voluntary wallet-freezing policy, according to a blog post on Dec. 9.  Since Dec. 1, Tether has been offering on the secondary market controls to freeze activity connected with Sanctioned persons on the United States Office of Foreign […]

Canadian crypto exchanges reach $1B in assets under management

Bitbuy and Coinsquare, two of the largest crypto exchanges domiciled in Canada, have surpassed $1 billion CAD in assets ($736 million) under management. According to the Dec. 6 announcement by parent company WonderFi, the two entities currently hold $1 billion CAD in clients’ cash and digital asset deposits, up from $695 million ($512 million) the […]

Binance onboarded millions into finance but forgot the paperwork — Columbia professor

Recent events surrounding the crypto exchange Binance sparked significant debate about the United States’ crackdown on crypto firms. According to Omid Malekan, adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and author, the Department of Justice’s approach in the case is very different from what is seen in traditional finance. “People who sincerely believe that crypto is […]

No ‘mass exodus of funds’ following Binance-DOJ settlement — Nansen

Blockchain analytics firm Nansen reported that following a settlement for civil and criminal charges against Binance and CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, outflows from the crypto exchange didn’t result in a “mass exodus of funds.” In a Nov. 22 X post, Nansen said roughly 24 hours after the United States Department of Justice announced a $4.3-billion settlement […]

Failed ‘$175M’ real estate token raise draws ire of Texas regulators

The Texas State Securities Board has accused a network of companies under the “GS” brand and operating from Germany of fraudulent activities “tied to digital assets, investments in a staking pool in a proprietary metaverse.” The network of companies is controlled by Josip Dortmund Heit. As described by regulators on November 16, respondents GS Partners, […]

Crypto advocacy group pushes back against proposed IRS rules on brokers

The Blockchain Association, a United States-based cryptocurrency advocacy group, has submitted a comment letter mainly in opposition to tax regulations proposed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In a Nov. 13 letter, the Blockchain Association (BA) said proposed IRS rules introduced in August aimed at regulating the sale and exchange of digital assets by brokers […]

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