Virtual Currencies

Crypto Custody – Here is how it’s done Germany

Blockchain and Virtual Currencies – dedicated Crypto regulation is taking shape and crypto custody services are no exception. The German regulator BaFin is establishing a regulatory framework. An overview. Just before Christmas and right in time for the implementation of the EU’s latest instalment in its ongoing saga of AML directives, BaFin, the German financial …

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More clarity on EU regulation for Crypto-Assets?

Yesterday brought the publication of two reports by two of the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs), ESMA and EBA on the matter of crypto regulation. ESMA provided Advice on Initial Coin Offerings and Crypto-Assets, while the EBA published a Report on Crypto-Assets. These two documents in particular together with the general European and Global approach …

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US Watchdog Issues Advisory for Virtual Currency Products

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Market Oversight (DMO) and Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) today issued a joint staff advisory that gives exchanges and clearinghouses registered with the CFTC guidance for listing virtual currency derivative products. “The CFTC staff is committed to providing regulatory clarity as much as possible,” said DMO …

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EBA comments on Commission plan to bring virtual currency entities under AML Directive

In an Opinion issued today, the EBA welcomed the Commission’s proposal to bring virtual currency exchange platforms and custodian wallet providers within the scope of the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive. The Authority also makes several recommendations aimed at supporting the consistent pan-EU implementation and supervision of the proposals that the Commission had published on 5 …

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European Parliament wants AML and CFT watchdog for Bitcoin and virtual currencies

The EU Commission should set up a task force to monitor virtual currencies, like Bitcoin, to prevent their being used to launder money or finance terrorism, said Parliament in a non-binding resolution voted on Thursday. The proposal, set out in a resolution drafted by Jakob von Weizsäcker (S&D, DE) suggests that the task force, which …

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Blockchain application beyond Bitcoin – More than just cryptocurrencies

Most people associate the Blockchain technology with Bitcoin. What they don’t know that it has already moved on to the next level of applications in Financial Services and it seems every day other subjects are added to the list of things the Blockchain might be used for. Let’s have a look at the different areas: …

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