Joanna F. Wasick

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Crypto Market Data Published; Digital Assets RFI Issued; BIS Addresses DeFi; NY DFS Issues Crypto Guidance; SEC Brings Crypto Actions; FBI Addresses Hacks

In this issue: Reports Address Crypto Ownership, Stablecoins and Dapp Adoption By Amos Kim Recent reports provide new data on various areas of the digital asset market. In one report, a survey published by a cryptocurrency trading platform found “a significant rise in crypto ownership among young women.” Among other things, the survey found that … Continue Reading

US Crypto Exchange Consents to $100M DFS Settlement for AML Compliance Failures

On January 4, 2023, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) announced that Coinbase, Inc., a major U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, will pay a $50 million penalty and invest an additional $50 million in its compliance function over the next two years to remediate significant violations of the New York Banking Law and the … Continue Reading

Paper Touts DeFi FX Benefits; New Stablecoin Launched; DAO Toolkit Published; BIS Addresses Crypto Risk; SEC, FinCEN, and DOJ Bring Enforcement Actions

In this issue:• Paper Explores Benefits of DeFi for FX; Australian Bank Launches Stablecoin• World Economic Forum Publishes DAO Toolkit; ETH Staking Continues to Grow• New BIS Bulletin and Thailand SEC Regulations Address Digital Asset Risks• SEC Charges U.S. Crypto Lender and Exchange with Securities Law Violations• FinCEN and DOJ Bring Parallel Actions Against Foreign-Based … Continue Reading

Data Published on Crypto Exchange Volume, NFT Royalties, Crypto Crime; Crypto Adoption Continues; DOJ and CFTC Bring Multiple Enforcement Actions

In this issue:• New Data Published on 2022 Crypto Exchange Trading Volume, NFT Royalties• Blockchain Development Firm Integrates Avalanche with Major Cloud Provider• Governments of El Salvador and Nigeria Take Steps Toward Crypto Adoption• DOJ Enforcement: NFT Rug Pull, Insider Trading, Crypto Fraud and Theft• CFTC Action Alleges Digital Asset Market Manipulation on DeFi Exchange• … Continue Reading

Crypto Products Launch; NFTs Allowed for Political Fundraising; Bank Regulators Address Crypto Risk; DOJ/SEC Target Crypto Fraud; Scams Continue

In this issue:• Crypto Apps Launch New Features, Custody Firm Achieves CCSS Certificate• NFTs Permitted for Political Fund Raising; Analysis Details NFT Wash Trading• US and International Regulators Address Crypto Risk Factors for Banks• Treasury Dept. and IRS Issue Transitional Digital Assets Guidance for Brokers• DOJ and SEC Actions Target Crypto Fraud and Unregistered Securities … Continue Reading

Disclosing Cryptocurrency Risks: SEC Comment Letter Puts Companies On Notice

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance (CorpFin) recently issued guidance (Guidance), including a “Dear Issuer” Sample Letter (Sample Letter) to assist companies in meeting their statutory disclosure obligations in light of the recent crypto downturn. Read the full Alert.… Continue Reading

Crypto Payment Products, DeFi Networks and Price Indices Launch; CBDC Report and NFT Royalty Data Published; FinCEN, FTC Address Crypto Regulation

In this issue: Payments Firms Launch Crypto Products, New DeFi Price Indices Announced By Shade Quailey A U.S. fintech company recently announced the launch of a fiat-to-crypto on-ramp, which facilitates fiat-to-crypto payments using “a customizable widget that developers can embed directly into their DEX, NFT platform, wallet, or dApp.” According to a blog post, the … Continue Reading

Crypto Research Published; USPTO Seeks NFT Input; SEC and FINRA Address Digital Assets; OFAC Settles with Exchange; DOJ Enforcement Continues

In this issue: • New Research and Surveys Address CBDCs, Institutional Crypto Investment• NFTs: Government Agencies Seek Comments on NFT IP; New Marketplaces Open• Crypto DEX and Wallet Providers Reveal User Data Collection Practices• SEC Commissioner Addresses Digital Assets and Investor Protection Concerns• SEC Institutes Proceedings Against DAO; FINRA Examines Crypto Advertising• New York State … Continue Reading

US District Court Finds LBRY Tokens Are Securities

In 2016, crypto startup LBRY launched the LBRY network and the LBRY protocol, described by LBRY as a decentralized content sharing and publishing protocol that supports the creation of community-run digital marketplaces. The same year, LBRY offered and sold native LBC tokens to the public for the purported purpose of allowing LBRY users to compensate … Continue Reading

CBDC Report Published; Crypto and NFT Initiatives Launch; OFAC Redesignates Tornado Cash; SEC and CFTC Target Crypto Fraud; FTX Files for Bankruptcy

In this issue: • CBDC Report Published, Blockchain Settlement and Payment Initiatives Launch• NFT World Cup Initiative Launched, Market Actors Launch NFT Royalty Solutions• OFAC Redesignates Tornado Cash, Mixer Receives Hacked Crypto• SEC, CFTC Bring Enforcement Actions Involving Fraudulent Crypto Trading Bots• FTX Files Bankruptcy Amid Binance’s FTT Selloff and Incoming DOJ Probe CBDC Report … Continue Reading

Crypto Products and DeFi Pilot Launch; Reports Address NFT Royalties, Ethereum PoS Efficiency; IRS, CFTC, Address Crypto; Exchange Hacked for $28M

In this issue: • New Crypto Products Launch; Singapore Completes DeFi Pilot with Major Banks• Report Provides New Data on NFT Royalties and Explores Related Issues• Ethereum Efficiency Data Published; Blockchain Infrastructure Projects Launch• IRS Updates Digital Asset Guidance, CFTC Commissioner Warns of Crypto Risk• Crypto Exchange Hacked for $28M; Reports Address Ransomware, Crypto Scams … Continue Reading

New Crypto Products Launch; US Official Addresses Crypto Regulation; State Securities Regulators Target Metaverse Casino NFTs; DOJ Targets Crypto Crimes

In this issue: • Crypto Products Launch in Debit Cards, Payment Gateways, Trading Platforms• EU Blockchain Observatory Publishes Report on Blockchain for Supply Chains• US Banking Official Addresses Approach to Regulating Crypto-Assets• BIS Publishes Report on Progress of Multi-CBDC Platform Pilot• Securities Regulators Bring Action Against NFTs Tied to Metaverse Gambling• DOJ Charges Detail Bitcoin … Continue Reading

Major U.S. Crypto Exchange Consents to $29 Million Penalty for Historic BSA and OFAC Violations Body

On October 11, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced a $29 million civil monetary penalty against Bittrex, a major U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, as part of a global settlement with FinCEN and OFAC related to Bittrex’s alleged historic violations of the Bank … Continue Reading

New Crypto Services Launch for Banks, Fintechs and Staking; DOJ Targets Major Cryptocurrency Money-Laundering Scheme; Japan Warns of Crypto Hacks

In this issue: • Crypto Developments Emerge in Payments, Trading, Staking and Accounting• DOJ Targets Crypto Money Laundering and Fraud; Japan Issues Crypto Warning Crypto Developments Emerge in Payments, Trading, Staking and Accounting By Lauren Bass This week, a global financial services and payment technology firm announced that it has partnered with a major U.S. … Continue Reading

Crypto Products Launch; FSB, OECD Address Crypto Regulation and Tax; US Exchange Fined $24M; DOJ and SEC Actions Continue; Major Hacks Reported

In this issue:• New Crypto Products Launch in Custody, Cloud Collaborations and Stablecoins• FSB Proposes International Crypto Regulation Framework, Solicits Comments• OECD Publishes Crypto Tax Framework; Acting Comptroller Addresses Crypto• Major US Crypto Exchange Fined Over $24M for FinCEN and OFAC Violations• DOJ Targets Crypto Money Laundering; SEC Reportedly Investigating Yuga Labs• October Sees Most … Continue Reading

The U.S. Department of the Treasury Provides a Glimpse into the Future of Money and Payments

The Report responds to Section 4(b) of the EO and evaluates the U.S. system of money and payments, developments in stablecoins and instant payment systems, and a potential CBDC, using the following policy objectives as a guide: (1) provide benefits and mitigate risks for consumers, investors, and businesses; (2) promote economic growth and financial stability … Continue Reading

Crypto and NFT Firms Make Announcements; Treasury Interprets Crypto Reports; Crypto Enforcement Actions by CFTC, SEC, IRS, DOJ and States

In this issue: Exchange Reaches Agreement to Sell Assets; New Crypto Products Launch Reports Provide New Data on Cryptocurrency Adoption and Exchange Activity Auction House Launches NFT Market; Startup Launches NFT Cloud Database US Treasury Further Interprets Reports Related to EO on Digital Assets CFTC Enforcement Action Targets DAO; SEC Targets Crypto Market Making IRS … Continue Reading

Ethereum Moves to PoS; Firms Launch Crypto, NFT Initiatives; EO Crypto Energy Impact Report Published; Crypto Addressed by OFAC, DOJ, SEC, U.S. Senators

In this issue: • Ethereum Network Completes Transition to Proof of Stake Consensus• Crypto Exchange, Bitcoin Futures ETF Launch; Crypto Adoption Data Published• Major Coffee and Scotch Brands Launch NFT Initiatives• OFAC Adds Crypto Public Keys to SDN List, Addresses Tornado Cash Sanctions• Major U.S. Exchange Backs Lawsuit Challenging OFAC Tornado Cash Sanctions• Office of … Continue Reading

SEC Chair Stands Firm: ‘Vast Majority’ of Cryptocurrency Tokens Are Securities

In prepared remarks delivered at the Practising Law Institute’s “SEC Speaks” program on Sept. 8, Chair Gensler emphasized and reiterated his long-standing position that the vast majority of cryptocurrency tokens are securities, and he noted that “only a small number of tokens, even though they may represent a significant portion of the crypto market’s aggregate … Continue Reading

NFT Initiatives Launch Across Markets; US Banking Regulators Address Crypto; DOJ and Congress Target Crypto Fraud; FBI Cites Risks as DeFi Hacks Continue

In this issue: • NFT Initiatives Launch in Ticket Sales, Social Media and College Football• US Banking Regulators Publish DeFi Analysis, Address Crypto in Speeches• DOJ Targets Crypto Fraud, House Subcommittee Addresses Consumer Risks• FBI Cites DeFi Hacking Threats as Hacks Continue; Reports Identify ISIS NFT NFT Initiatives Launch in Ticket Sales, Social Media and … Continue Reading

New York State Department of Financial Services Publishes First Crypto Industry Consent Order

On August 1, 2022, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS” or “Department”) issued a Consent Order, imposing a $30 million fine on Robinhood Crypto, LLC (“Robinhood”), a trading platform that allows customers to trade in cryptocurrency, for allegedly failing to comply with New York anti-money laundering (“AML”) and cybersecurity regulations. In addition … Continue Reading

New NFT Initiatives Launch Across Industries; Banking Agencies Publish Crypto Guidance; Enforcement Agencies Bring Crypto Actions; Crypto Hacks Reported

In this issue: • New NFT Initiatives Announced in Jewelry, Automobile and Liquor Industries• US Banking Agencies Publish Notices on Crypto Firms and Deposit Insurance• Multiple Agencies Target Cryptocurrency Fraud and Regulatory Violations• Nomad Bridge Hacked, Stolen Crypto Valued at Approximately $200 Million• Multiple Hacks Reported Across Various Sectors of the Cryptocurrency Market New NFT … Continue Reading

Applying the Bank Secrecy Act, FinCEN Regulations, and Sanctions to the Nascent NFT Market

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) often involve two areas with known money laundering and terrorist financing risks: cryptocurrencies and high-value assets, like art. As detailed below, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has provided guidance on the applicability of statutes related to anti-money laundering and terrorist financing (AML) to cryptocurrencies. Recent actions and statements … Continue Reading

USPTO to Address NFTs; Treasury Dept. Publishes Digital Asset Fact Sheet; Financial Regulators Address Digital Assets; Crypto Enforcement Continues

In this issue: • CryptoPunk Sold for $2.6M, USPTO to Address NFTs, Court Approves NFT Service• Treasury Dept. Publishes Digital Asset Policy Fact Sheet, Seeks Public Comment• Multiple Financial Regulatory Bodies Publish Reports on Digital Assets• Crypto Enforcement Targets Interest Products, Unlicensed Money Transmission… Continue Reading
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