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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

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 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

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

New Crypto and NFT Products Launch; Treasury Publishes FSOC Digital Asset Report; SEC Brings Enforcement Actions Against Crypto Promoters, Fraudsters

In this issue: • Crypto Products Launch, Reports Detail CBDC Pilots and Bank Crypto Exposure• DAO Governing DAI Stablecoin Invests in US Treasuries and Corporate Bonds• Digital Collectibles + Physical Consumables: Brands Embrace Hybrid NFT Model• Treasury Releases Report on Digital Asset Financial Stability Risks/Regulation• SEC Brings Enforcement Actions Against Crypto Promoters and Fraudsters Crypto … Continue Reading

NFT Initiatives Launch; OFAC Adds Crypto Public Keys to SDN List; Treasury Dept. Publishes Crypto Reports; Crypto Enforcement and Hacks Continue

In this issue: • Non-Fungible Marketing: Brands Continue to Launch NFTs• OFAC Adds Crypto Public Keys to SDN List Related to Russian Group• US Department of the Treasury Publishes Digital Asset Reports and RFC• Republican Senator Criticizes SEC Approach to Crypto Markets• DOJ and SEC Target Crypto Fraud and Unregistered ‘Crypto Asset Securities’• Cryptocurrency Market … Continue Reading

NFT Market Research Published; Crypto Issues Addressed by FDIC, US Representatives and Foreign Regulators; DOJ Targets Crypto Fraud Scheme

In this issue: • Fashion Brands Score with NFTs, but Market Trends Show Threats Abound• FDIC and Congress Members Address Crypto Representations, Sanctions, Mining• Foreign Regulators Issue Crypto Guidance, Act Against Unregistered VASPs• DOJ Targets Cryptocurrency Fraud, Report Cites Recent Crypto Crime Trends Fashion Brands Score with NFTs, but Market Trends Show Threats Abound By … Continue Reading

NFT Endorsements Scrutinized; Bank Crypto Guidance Issued; DOJ, CFTC and SEC Bring Crypto Enforcement Actions; Research Finds Crypto Insider Trading

In this issue: NFTs Expand on Social Media, Celebrity NFT Endorsements Scrutinized Federal Reserve Addresses Crypto; Senator Inquires About Bank-Crypto Relations DOJ, CFTC and SEC Crypto Enforcement Targets Tax Evasion, Fraud and ICOs US and Foreign Law Enforcement Target Cryptocurrency Money Laundering DeFi Stablecoin Hacked; Research Finds Evidence of Crypto Insider Trading NFTs Expand on … Continue Reading

Crypto Products Launch, Gain Approvals; OFAC Sanctions Crypto Mixer; SEC Publishes ICO Consent Order; Report Cites Criminal Use of Cross-Chain Bridges

In this issue: NY DFS Approves Crypto Platform, Prepaid Crypto Card to Launch in Argentina U.S. Department of the Treasury Sanctions Major Virtual Currency Mixer SEC Publishes ICO Consent Order, Crypto Exchange Discloses SEC Investigation Report Cites Money Laundering Risks of Cryptocurrency Cross-Chain Bridges NY DFS Approves Crypto Platform, Prepaid Crypto Card to Launch in … 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

Bitcoin Mining Difficulty Decreases; Crypto Addressed by CFTC Chair; Congress Addresses Crypto Tax, Accounting; Crypto Enforcement and Crimes Continue

In this issue: Bitcoin Network Mining Difficulty Continues Downward Trend Amid Heat Wave CFTC Chair Addresses Crypto; Proposed Bill Would Simplify Crypto Tax Rules Congress Members Criticize SEC Bulletin on Crypto Accounting Treatment DOJ, SEC and OFAC Continue Cryptocurrency Enforcement Actions Reports Show Hackers Turning to Cryptojacking and DeFi to Siphon Crypto Bitcoin Network Mining … Continue Reading

Crypto Platforms Achieve Foreign Approvals; DOJ Seizes Crypto Ransomware Funds; CFTC Adds Crypto Firms to RED List; Crypto Fraud and Threats Continue

In this issue: • Foreign Regulators Approve Crypto Platforms; Ethereum Approaching PoS• DOJ Seizes $500K in Ransomware Crypto; CFTC Adds Crypto Firms to RED List• Fraud, Mixers, Ransomware and the Darkweb: Cryptocurrency Threats Continue Foreign Regulators Approve Crypto Platforms; Ethereum Approaching PoS By Keith R. Murphy According to recent reports, several major cryptocurrency platforms have … Continue Reading

Financial and Crypto Firms Explore Integration; NFT Market Expands; FATF/Basel Publish Crypto Guidance; DOJ/CFTC Bring Crypto Actions; DeFi Hacks Continue

In this issue: Financial Firm Launches Crypto Group, MakerDAO Votes to Integrate with Bank NFT Market Continues to Expand with Brand Activations and Infringement Suit FATF and Basel Committee Publish New Guidance on Cryptocurrencies DOJ, CFTC Bring Multiple Enforcement Actions Against Crypto Fraud Schemes North Korean Lazarus Group Suspected in Recent DeFi Hack Financial Firm … Continue Reading

A Legal Practitioner’s Guide to NFTs, Digital Advertising and Media

In 2021, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) generated overall sales of close to $25 billion and became one of the year’s most defining cultural phenomena. This trend has continued with NFT sales topping $2 billion in the first quarter of 2022. In an effort to engage audiences and produce secondary revenue streams, brands—in sectors ranging from fashion … Continue Reading

New Crypto Products Launch, Draft Digital Assets Bill Released, Regulators Address Stablecoins, DOJ Publishes Crypto Report, Hacks and Scams Continue

In this issue: • Fintech and Crypto Firms Announce Myriad New Crypto Product Launches• Senators Release Digital Assets Bill, Crypto Activists Send Letter to Congress• NY DFS and Japan Address Stablecoins, BIS Addresses Crypto ‘Fragmentation’• DOJ Calls for International Cooperation in Fight Against Crypto Crime• CFTC Sues Crypto Exchange, NY AG Issues Investor Alert, UST … Continue Reading

Crypto Payment Initiatives Launch; Report Cites Evolving Crypto Views; G7, ECB, BIS Address Crypto Risks; DOJ, CFTC Target NFT Insider Trading, Crypto Fraud

In this issue: • New Cryptocurrency Payments Systems, Tokens and Trade Associations Launch• Cryptocurrency Industry Report Notes Change in Consumer and Insider Views• Digital Asset and Blockchain Risks and Opportunities Addressed by G7, ECB, BIS• DOJ Brings First NFT Insider Trading Case, CFTC Action Targets Crypto Fraud New Cryptocurrency Payments Systems, Tokens and Trade Associations … Continue Reading

Crypto Products and Mining Initiatives Launch; Sports and Spirits Firms Embrace Blockchain; US Agencies Seek Crypto Input, Address Risks, Target Crimes

In this issue: • New European Crypto ETF Launches, Bitcoin Mining Sees Wider Adoption• Sports Leagues and Alcohol Brands Expand Blockchain Partnerships• Congress Addresses CBDC, Commerce Dept. Seeks Input on Digital Assets• SEC and FinCEN Officials Comment on Cryptocurrency Sector Risks• US Law Enforcement Targets Crypto Scams and Sanctions Evasion New European Crypto ETF Launches, … Continue Reading

New CBDC and NFT Data Released; OFAC Adds Mixer and Public Keys to SDN List; Multiple Crypto Enforcement Actions; Stablecoin Risks on Display

In this issue: • BIS Releases Survey on CBDC Initiatives; New Crypto Products Launch• 2022 NFT Market Data Released; Brands Continue NFT Initiatives• OFAC Sanctions Cryptocurrency Mixer, Adds New Public Keys to SDN List• Multiple Crypto Enforcement Actions Announced by CFTC, DOJ and SEC• Multistate Enforcement Action Targets Metaverse Casino’s NFT Offering• Algorithmic Stablecoins Collapse; … Continue Reading

Crypto and NFT Pilots Launch Across Industries; Paper Analyzes Bitcoin Use in El Salvador; Crypto Enforcement Continues in US; New Foreign Crypto Regs

In this issue: • Crypto Pilots Launch in Social Media, 401(k) Plans and Municipal Bitcoin Mining• NBER Publishes Paper Analyzing Bitcoin Usage in El Salvador• Brands Enter NFT Market Across Industries, New NFT Platforms Launch• Crypto Firm Enters AML Consent Order; Stablecoins and Wallets in Focus• Foreign Governments Publish New Crypto Legislation and Policy Papers• … Continue Reading

NFT Initiatives Continue; EU Issues Blockchain Healthcare Report; Crypto Addressed by Various US Regulators; State Actions Target Bitcoin ATMs, NFTs

In this issue: • Sports Teams and Messaging Apps Go All-In on NFTs, Potential Hack Foiled• Report on Blockchain in the European Healthcare Sector Published• US Treasury Secretary, FDIC, Acting Comptroller and EU Address Crypto• State Enforcement Actions Target Bitcoin ATM Operator and NFT Sellers Sports Teams and Messaging Apps Go All-In on NFTs, Potential … Continue Reading

Digital Asset Platforms, Blockchain Supply Chain Initiatives Grow; Enforcement Actions Target Crypto Yield Products and Fraud; DeFi Hacked for $600M

In this issue: • Digital Asset Platforms Expand Across Payments, Art and Sports Industries• Blockchain Supply Chain Initiatives Announced Across Industries• Crypto Exchange Faces Multistate Enforcement Action over Yield Products• DOJ and Manhattan DA Bring Enforcement Actions for NFT and Crypto Fraud• DeFi Network Hacked for over $600 Million in Cryptocurrencies Digital Asset Platforms Expand … Continue Reading

Firms Expand Crypto Services; Networks Implement DAOs and Integrations; Congressmen Address SEC on Crypto; IRS and OECD Address Crypto Tax

In this issue: Investment Bank and Cryptocurrency Exchanges Expand Crypto Services From Australia to Africa, Cryptocurrency Sees Continued International Adoption ApeCoin Drops; Juno Holders Confiscate Funds; Polygon Integrates Simba Chain Congressmen Question SEC on Crypto; OECD and IRS Address Crypto Taxation Investment Bank and Cryptocurrency Exchanges Expand Crypto Services By Robert A. Musiala Jr. This … Continue Reading
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