Federal regulatory agencies are closely monitoring crypto-asset developments and banking organizations’ participation in the crypto-asset industry. This GT Alert covers the guidance issued by the FDIC, CFPB, and the Federal
Continue Reading Regulatory Scrutiny on the Rise of Bank and Crypto Company Dealings

On May 12, 2022, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed bill CS/HB 273 (the Bill), amending Florida’s money services business (MSB) laws (i.e., Chapter 560 of the Florida Statutes) to, among other
Continue Reading Florida Gov. Signs Bill that Defines ‘Virtual Currency’ and Eases Licensing Restrictions on Certain Virtual Currency Transactions in the State

At a speech to the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Capital Markets Association on April 4, 2022, SEC Chair Gary Gensler took the opportunity to again promote his strong desire
Continue Reading SEC Chair Continues Push to Regulate Digital Asset Markets

On July 5, 2021, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog, released its findings from a yearlong review documenting the progress that its
Continue Reading New Report Shows Majority of ‘Financial Action Task Force’ Countries Have Not Implemented Virtual Asset Guidance

On Dec. 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would impose on banks and money services
Continue Reading FinCEN Proposes to Extend Recordkeeping, Reporting, and Identity Verification Requirements to Certain Virtual Currency and Digital Asset Transactions

On Sept. 25, 2020, the SEC issued a No-Action Letter to FINRA, in response to a previously issued Joint Statement by the SEC and FINRA. This No-Action Letter detailed how
Continue Reading SEC Issues No-Action Letter Facilitating the Secondary Trading of Digital Assets

As another sign of the times, but arguably quite apt given the subject matter, the Consensus Blockchain Conference convened virtually in 2020, with Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Director Ken


Continue Reading FinCEN Director Confirms Enforcement Focus on Virtual Currency AML Compliance

A bill to amend the Japanese laws regulating cryptocurrency exchange businesses or financial instruments transactions, including the Act on Settlement of Funds (Settlement Act) and the Financial Instruments and Exchange
Continue Reading Proposed Amendment to Japanese Crypto Asset Laws