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Crypto Initiatives Launch in Payments, Capital Markets and NFTs; OFAC and White House Address Crypto Risks; CFTC and NYAG Take Enforcement Actions

• Blockchain Payment Pilots Launched by Media, Government and Crypto Firms • Blockchain Market Advances in Options, ATS Platforms, Commodities and DeFi • New Platforms Launch NFT Collections • OFAC and White House Address Cryptocurrency Industry Risks • CFTC and NYAG Enforcement Actions Target Cryptocurrency Exchanges Blockchain Payment Pilots Launched by Media, Government and Crypto … Continue Reading

Crypto Financial Products Launch; G7 Addresses CBDCs; SEC Commissioners and Foreign Regulators Address Crypto; ICO Founders Plead to Tax Evasion

• Crypto Products Launch in Payments, ETFs, DeFi; Bitcoin Mining Data Published • G7 Considers Impact of CBDCs in New Publications • Blockchain Solutions Launch in B2B Software; Cobalt and Leather Supply Chains • SEC Commissioners Address Crypto Market Regulation in Contrasting Speeches • Foreign Regulators Address Crypto Advertising, Mining and Ransomware • ICO Founders … Continue Reading

DOJ Targets Cryptocurrency Fraud

Authorship credit: John J. Carney, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Michelle N. Tanney, and Kayley B. Sullivan On October 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced the creation of a National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (“NCET” or “Team”) to tackle investigations and prosecutions of criminal misuses of cryptocurrency, including crimes committed by virtual currency exchanges, … Continue Reading

Crypto Initiatives and Blockchain Supply Chain Solutions Launch; Reports Provide 2021 Crypto Market Stats, Address Risks; DOJ Crypto Team Announced

• Major Financial Institutions Announce Crypto and Blockchain Initiatives • Blockchain Adopted to Improve Supply Chains and Authenticate Products • Blockchain Reports Publish 2021 Blockchain, DeFi and NFT Stats • Financial Watchdogs Publish Reports Addressing Cryptocurrency Markets • DOJ Announces Crypto Enforcement Team, Warning Issued on French ICO Major Financial Institutions Announce Crypto and Blockchain … Continue Reading

Financial Institutions Pursue Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Offerings, US Treasury Sanctions Russian Crypto OTC Desk, Multiple DeFi Platforms Hacked

• Traditional Financial Firms Pursue Crypto and Blockchain Market Offerings • States Target Crypto Lending Platform, Alleging Securities Laws Violations • US Treasury Sanctions Russian Crypto OTC Desk, Issues Ransomware Advisory • Cryptocurrency Hackers Continue to Plague DeFi Platforms Traditional Financial Firms Pursue Crypto and Blockchain Market Offerings By Lauren Bass Earlier this week, a … Continue Reading

Market Initiatives Announced in Crypto Compliance, Digital Asset Exchange, Blockchain Enterprise Solutions and NFTs; SEC Chairman Comments on Crypto

• US Firm Acquires Crypto Co., Swiss Digital Asset Exchange Gains License • Enterprise Firms Announce Polygon Integration and Shipping Data Solution • NFT Sells for Record $1.1M, NFT Marketplace Exec Accused of Insider Trading • SEC Chairman Comments on Crypto Market in Senate Committee Speech • US Crypto Exchange Files with NFA, UK FCA … Continue Reading

CBDC Initiatives Announced, NFTs Expand Across Markets, Token and Wallet Applications Evolve, SEC and DOJ Target Crypto Fraud, Crypto Hacks Continue

In this issue: • CBDC Initiatives Announced, Blockchain Trade Finance Platform Launches • Baseball, Art, Politics, Commerce: NFT Market Continues to Expand • Gaming Token Shifts Away from Ethereum, MetaMask Announces 10M Users • BitConnect Charged in $2B Crypto Fraud, BitConnect Promoter Pleads Guilty • Seychelles Investigates Crypto Fraud, Singapore Issues Warning for Exchange • … Continue Reading

Cryptocurrency and NFT Market Growth Continues, Regulators Across Globe Target Crypto Industry as Threats Continue, Global Blockchain Survey Published

In this issue: •Crypto Market Develops in DeFi, Payments, Compliance and Consumer Adoption • Market Navigation, Fashion Metaverse, Online Tutorials: NFT Adoption Continues • Crypto Compliance Addressed by CFTC, Thai SEC, South Korea and UK FCA • SEC, DOJ and Ontario Securities Commission Bring Crypto Enforcement Actions • Reports Released on Crypto Scams and Malware, … Continue Reading

Crypto Adoption and AML Reports Published, NFT Market Growth Continues, Blockchain Cobalt Pilot Progresses, Crypto Exchange and DeFi Market Hacked

In this issue: • Crypto Adoption Index Published, Regulators Address Crypto Across Globe •Design, Data and Digital Platforms: NFT Market Domination Continues • Blockchain Cobalt Tracing Pilot Launches, Ethereum-Based Networks to Merge • Bitcoin “Tumbler” Operator Pleads Guilty, Crypto AML Report Published • Cryptocurrency Exchange and DeFi Market Hacked, Crypto Malware Reported Crypto Adoption Index … Continue Reading

Crypto, CBDC and Blockchain Supply Chain Initiatives Announced; More SEC and FinCEN Enforcement; Crypto Tax Amendment Fails; DeFi Hacked for $600M

In this issue: • Crypto Firms Pursue Bank Charters, Traditional Financial Firms Integrate Crypto • CBDC and Blockchain Remittance Initiatives Launch Across Foreign Markets • Blockchain Supply Chain Initiatives Launch Across Various Industries • SEC Charges DeFi Company and Digital Asset Exchange Platform • FinCEN Settles Enforcement Action Against Major Cryptocurrency Exchange • Senate Passes … Continue Reading

SEC Doubles Down on Crypto Enforcement

In a speech before the Aspen Security Forum on August 3, 2021, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) Chair Gary Gensler urged lawmakers to provide him with the power to police cryptocurrency trading, referring to it as the “Wild West.”[1] While he noted that the views he was sharing were his own and not … Continue Reading

Cryptocurrency Payment Products and NFT Initiatives Launch, SEC Chairman Addresses Crypto, Pending Legislation Includes New Crypto Tax Reporting Rules

In this issue: • New Crypto Products Launch in Payment Cards, Gold and Sandwiches • More NFTs Launch in Sports, Fashion, Gaming and Charity Auctions • SEC Chairman, Kentucky and UK Address Various Aspects of Crypto Industry • Proposed Legislation Expands Crypto Tax Reporting, Senators Seek Amendment New Crypto Products Launch in Payment Cards, Gold … Continue Reading

New Stablecoin and CBDC Developments, Blockchain Enterprise Initiatives Announced, Crypto Financial Services Firm Targeted by State Regulators

In this issue: • US Stablecoin Issuers Publish New Details on US Dollar Reserves • US Treasury, Bank of Canada and Academics Address Stablecoins and CBDCs • Australian and Georgian Governments Launch Blockchain Initiatives • Crypto Financial Services Firm Targeted by State Securities Regulators • SEC Enforcement Actions Target Cryptocurrency-Related Misrepresentations US Stablecoin Issuers Publish … Continue Reading

USDC Expands to New Blockchains, NFT Sales Continue, FATF Publishes Review of Crypto Standards, US and Global Crypto Enforcement Actions Continue

In this issue: • USDC Expands to 10 New Blockchains, Crypto Payment Initiatives Launch • NFT Sales Continue Across Sports and Art Markets • FATF Issues Review of Crypto Standards Amid Regulatory News in US and UK • Major Crypto Exchange Faces Global Scrutiny, Announces Compliance Efforts • DOJ Targets Unlicensed Crypto MSBs, Global Enforcement … Continue Reading

NFT Initiatives Continue, Blockchain Tracing Solutions Expand, SEC Targets ICO, Crypto Enforcement Data Published, Regulators Across Globe Address Crypto

In this issue: • NFT Initiatives Continue, Cryptocurrency Advertising Restrictions Ease • Blockchain Traceability Solutions Expand in Food, Shipping and Jewelry Sectors • SEC Settles ICO Fraud, US Crypto Enforcement Reaches $2.5 Billion • Regulators in Canada, UK and Portugal Address Cryptocurrency Market • China Crypto Crackdown Continues, South Korea Seizes Tax Evader Crypto NFT … Continue Reading

Reports Address CBDCs, Security Tokens; NFT Sales Continue; Blockchain Initiatives Announced; Regulators Address Crypto; SEC Targets ICO Fraud

In this issue: • Reports Address CBDCs and Security Tokens, Banks Launch Crypto Initiatives • NFT Sales Continue at Auction House, US Space Force and News Organization • Blockchain Initiatives Announced in Food, Automotive and IP Sectors • US Congress Members and Foreign Regulators Pursue Cryptocurrency Reforms • SEC Charges ICO Fraud, SEC/CFTC Warn Bitcoin … Continue Reading

Ether-Backed Loans and Blockchain Solutions Announced; New Crypto Guidance from CFTC, WEF, Basel, Texas and El Salvador; DOJ Seizes Ransomware Bitcoin

In this issue: • Bank Offers Ether-Backed Loans, Auction and Property Sales Accept Crypto • Supply Chains Innovate with Blockchain, China Launches Copyright Blockchain • CFTC and WEF Comment on DeFi, Basel Addresses Cryptoasset Exposure • Texas Enacts New Blockchain Law, El Salvador Makes Bitcoin Legal Tender • DOJ Seizes Bitcoin from Ransomware Attack as … Continue Reading

NFTs Launch, Regulators Target Crypto Ads and Scams, Nebraska Passes Digital Asset Bank Charter, Reports Detail Crypto Hedge Funds and Sanctions Evasion

In this issue: • BD-ATS to Issue Blockchain Securities, Crypto Hedge Fund Report Published • NFTs and Loyalty Tokens Launch, Regulators Target Crypto Ads as Scams Spike • Nebraska Passes Digital Asset Bank Charter, Tax Case Addresses Crypto Mining • China and Hong Kong Implement New Crypto Regulation, Iran Halts Mining • Report Provides New … Continue Reading

Firms Enable Crypto Payments; Blockchain Deployed for Luxury Goods, A&D and Postal Services; NFT Hype Continues; Turkey Bans Crypto; DeFi Hacked for $80M

In this issue: • Companies Enable Crypto Payments, Reports Address Market Developments • Blockchain Solutions Deployed for Luxury Goods, A&D and Postal Services • Charitable NFTs Raise Millions, Soccer Player Pelé Announces His First NFT • DOJ Actions Cite Crypto Use, Turkey Bans Crypto, DeFi Hacked for $80 Million Companies Enable Crypto Payments, Reports Address … Continue Reading

CBDC Initiatives Announced Across Globe, US Crypto Firms Pursue Licenses and Form Lobbying Groups, DOJ Targets Unlicensed Crypto MSB

In this issue: • Central Bank Digital Currencies Explored in Thailand, Japan and Sweden • US Crypto Firm Seeks Clearing Agency License, New Lobbying Group Formed • DOJ Targets Unlicensed Bitcoin Money Transmitter, ICO Extortion Scheme Central Bank Digital Currencies Explored in Thailand, Japan and Sweden By: Veronica Reynolds According to a recent press release, … Continue Reading

Financial Firms Move to Integrate Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain Solutions Announced Across Markets, Agencies Target Crypto Crimes as Threats Continue

In this issue: • Payment Firms Adopt Cryptocurrencies, Company Purchases $1.5 Billion in Bitcoin • Blockchain Enterprise Initiatives Announced Across Global Markets • US and Foreign Agencies Take Action Against Cryptocurrency Fraud Schemes • Report Details North Korea Links to Crypto Hacks, Ransomware Connections Payment Firms Adopt Cryptocurrencies, Company Purchases $1.5 Billion in Bitcoin By: … Continue Reading

Podcast: BakerHostetler Blockchain University: Beyond Cryptocurrency – Non-Financial Use Cases for Blockchain

The fourth episode in the series provides an overview of how Blockchain is being used today in non-financial applications. Topics discussed include using blockchain in various sectors, including the food supply and pharmaceutical industries, maritime shipping, the cobalt supply chain, self-sovereign identity, credentialing and records management. Questions & Comments: rmusiala@bakerlaw.com, vreynolds@bakerlaw.com Listen to the episode. Subscribe to … Continue Reading

NY DFS Approves New Stablecoin Co., Blockchain Data Solutions Announced, New Cryptocurrency Regulatory and Enforcement Actions in U.S. and Abroad

In this issue: • NY DFS Approves New Stablecoin Company, Crypto Financial Products Continue Growth • Blockchain Used To Enhance Auto Geofencing and Combat Whiskey Fraud • US Financial Regulators Continue Crypto-Focused Regulatory Proposals • OFAC Settles With Crypto Custodian; Enforcement Actions in UK, Italy, Iran NY DFS Approves New Stablecoin Company, Crypto Financial Products … Continue Reading

FinCEN Proposes New Crypto Record-Keeping Rules; SEC and CFTC Issue Digital Asset Guidance; SEC Closes 2020 With Multiple Enforcement Actions Against Blockchain Firms

In this issue: • FinCEN Proposed Rule Creates New Cryptocurrency Record-Keeping Requirements • SEC Issues Statement on Digital Asset Custody, CFTC Issues Digital Assets Primer • SEC Closes 2020 With Multiple Blockchain Industry Enforcement Actions FinCEN Proposed Rule Creates New Cryptocurrency Record-Keeping Requirements By: Robert A. Musiala Jr. On Dec. 18, 2020, the Financial Crimes … Continue Reading
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