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Money Laundering Concerns Prompt EU Parliament to Approve Privacy-Reducing Crypto Rules

On March 31, 2022, two European Parliament committees – the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (the “Committees”) – voted in favor of new rules  (the “Rules”) that would change the way cryptocurrency transactions are treated by the European Union (EU) and would require that … Continue Reading

Executive Order Launches Comprehensive US Policy and Action Plan for Digital Assets

On March 9, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Executive Order on Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets (EO) and the White House released a corresponding fact sheet summarizing related key policy objectives. As discussed in more detail here, this is a landmark moment for the U.S. cryptocurrency market. … Continue Reading

Executive Order Addresses Digital Assets; Banks and Restaurants Launch Crypto Initiatives; FinCEN Issues Alert; SEC, CFTC and DOJ Bring Actions

In this issue: President Biden Issues Executive Order Addressing Digital Assets Banks Join USDF ‘Stablecoin’ Consortium, Pursue Crypto Custody Offerings U.S. Restaurants Adopt Crypto; Swiss City Calls Crypto ‘De Facto’ Legal Tender Cryptocurrency Sanctions Compliance Activity Spikes Following Russian Actions SEC, CFTC and DOJ Bring Charges Alleging Cryptocurrency Fraud Schemes President Biden Issues Executive Order … Continue Reading

New Crypto Products Launch; Market Reports Published; Treasury Dept. Addresses Crypto Tax; Crypto Enforcement Actions and Threats Continue

In This Issue: •Reports Address Crypto M&A and Metaverse, New Crypto Products Launch •Treasury Dept. Letter Addresses Crypto Tax; Reports Address Crypto Risks •US, UK and Canadian Law Enforcement Take Aim at Cryptographic Assets •Counterfeits, Wash Trading and Bots: Crypto Market Threats Continue •Chainalysis Previews 2022 Cryptocurrency Crime Report Findings… Continue Reading

U.S. Bank Acquires Blockchain Infrastructure; SEC Approves Blockchain-Based Exchange; FTC Warns on Crypto Scams; NFT Threats, Crypto Hacks Reported

In this issue: • U.S. Bank Seeks to Launch Stablecoin; New Crypto Payments Data Released • U.S. Bank Seeks to Launch Stablecoin; New Crypto Payments Data Released • FTC Warns of Crypto Scams, IRS Offers Staking Settlement; MAS Bans ATMs • Reports Address NFT Platform Exploits, Wash Trading and Money Laundering • SEC Scrutinizes Crypto … Continue Reading

Crypto Payments Firms Make Moves; NFT and Blockchain Supply Chain Projects Launch; Central Bank Addresses CBDCs; SEC and DOJ Bring Crypto Actions

In this issue: • Crypto Payments Consortium Sells Assets; Other Crypto Firms Make Moves • New NFT Projects Launch in Art, Music, Fashion, Sports and Social Media • Firms Launch Blockchain Supply Chain Initiatives in Pharma and Liquor Products • U.S. Central Bank Addresses CBDCs; Congressman Proposes Crypto Action • SEC Scrutinizes Crypto Interest Accounts … Continue Reading

US Banks Launch New Stablecoin; NFT Markets Expand; OCC Promotes Stablecoin Regulation; Blockchain Networks Evolve; Exchange Hacked for $34M

In this issue: • US Banks Launch New Stablecoin, Data Shows Increasing Interest in Crypto • With New Acquisitions and Partnerships, NFT Marketplaces Continue to Expand • Acting Comptroller of the Currency Promotes Stablecoin Regulation • Blockchain Networks Implement Scaling and Operational Initiatives • Major Cryptocurrency Exchange Hacked for $34M, Customers Reimbursed US Banks Launch … Continue Reading

NFT Initiatives Launch, Congress Writes to CFTC on Crypto, SEC Charges ICO Fraud Scheme, GAO Addresses Crypto ATMs, Reports Address Crypto Threats

In this issue: • From Music to Marketplaces: NFT Use Cases Continue to Expand • Congress Writes CFTC on Crypto, Firms Make DeFi and Crypto Derivative Moves • SEC Charges ICO Fraud Scheme, GAO Recommends Crypto ATM Regulation • New Reports Provide Data on 2021 Cryptocurrency Criminal Activities From Music to Marketplaces: NFT Use Cases … Continue Reading

Banks to Use Blockchain for FX; Avalanche Adds USDC; NFT Boom Continues; Regulators Address Crypto Ads, Derivatives; Reports Address Crypto Threats

• Banks to Use Blockchain for FX Settlement, Avalanche Network Adds USDC • From Auctions to Venture Capital, NFTs Continue to Generate Millions • IMF Calls for Crypto Regs, UK Bans Ads, ISDA Addresses Crypto Derivatives • Cryptocurrency Exchange Hacked for $77M; Reports Discuss Crypto Threats Banks to Use Blockchain for FX Settlement, Avalanche Network … Continue Reading

US Financial Services Firms Announce Crypto Initiatives; Crypto Firms Pursue LATAM Market; Products Launch in DAOs, NFTs; Exchange Hacked for $200M

• Multiple US Financial Services Firms Announce Cryptocurrency Initiatives • Crypto Firms Pursue LATAM Market, Launch Cold Storage and DAO Products • New NFT Initiatives by Beer Co., Crypto Exchange; NFT Market Report Published • Crypto Exchange Hacked for $200M, Lawsuit Targets Crypto Malware Botnet Multiple US Financial Services Firms Announce Cryptocurrency Initiatives By Robert … Continue Reading

Financial Firms Plan Decentralized Exchange, Launch Digital Bond; NFTs Launch in Sports, Fashion; Blockchain Tracing Solutions Launch; OCC Clarifies Crypto Guidance for Banks

• US and Swiss Financial Firms Announce Decentralized Exchange, Digital Bond • Sports and Fashion NFTs Launch; Food Delivery Service Adds Bitcoin Rewards • Blockchain Solutions Track Data for Carbon Footprints, Medical Supplies, Wine • OCC Letter Clarifies Crypto Guidance for Banks, IRS Reports Crypto Seizures US and Swiss Financial Firms Announce Decentralized Exchange, Digital … Continue Reading

The Four Areas Online Merchants and E-Commerce Companies Must Know About Cryptocurrency

Partner Jeewon Serrato and Counsel Rob Musiala discuss what online merchants and e-commerce companies should know about cryptocurrency. Questions & Comments: jserrato@bakerlaw.com, rmusiala@bakerlaw.com Listen to the episode. Subscribe to BakerHosts Apple Podcast | Google Podcast | iHeartRadio | Spotify | Stitcher | TuneIn Download Episode Transcript… Continue Reading

Crypto Initiatives Launch; Bitcoin Upgrade Activated; Reports Address DeFi, Tether; SEC Rejects Bitcoin ETF; DOJ to Sell $56M in Crypto Fraud Proceeds

• Raising Municipal Funds and Rewarding Loyalty: New Cryptocurrency Use Cases • Bitcoin’s Taproot Upgrade Activated to Improve Network Security • Reports Address DeFi Security, Tether Distribution and Liquidity • SEC Rejects Proposal for Spot Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund • US and Canadian Authorities Pursue Fraud Schemes, Recover Stolen Crypto Raising Municipal Funds and Rewarding … Continue Reading

Crypto Payment Products Launch; SEC Addresses DeFi, Targets DAO Tokens; OFAC Adds Crypto Exchange to SDN List; Crypto Fraud Schemes Revealed

• New Crypto Payment Products Launch, Report Cites Exchange Consolidation • SEC Commissioner Publishes Article Addressing DeFi Risks and Regulation • OFAC Adds Crypto Exchange and Cryptocurrency Addresses to OFAC SDN List • Enforcement Agencies Target DAO Offering and Fraudulent Crypto Companies • New Cryptocurrency Fraud Schemes Revealed, DeFi Protocol Hacked New Crypto Payment Products … Continue Reading

Financial Firms Integrate Crypto Offerings; Congressmen Address Bitcoin ETFs; NFT Boom Continues; Agencies Seek Crypto Oversight; Crypto Hacker Indicted

• Traditional Financial Firms Integrate Crypto Services, CBDC Reports Published • Congressmen Advocate for Bitcoin Spot ETFs, Australia Issues Crypto ETP Regs • Sports Franchises and Music Platforms Continue to Embrace NFTs • Government Agencies Argue for Increased Oversight of Cryptocurrency Markets • DOJ Charges Cryptocurrency Hacker, Decentralized Exchange Hacked for $139M Traditional Financial Firms … Continue Reading

Financial Firms Integrate Crypto, NFT Market Expands, Blockchain Pilots Launch, FATF Publishes New Crypto Guidance, Crypto Enforcement Actions Continue

• Financial Firms Integrate Crypto Products, New Bitcoin Network Data Published • From Digital Art to Alcohol: The NFT Marketplace Continues to Expand • Blockchain Pilots Launch in News Data, Satellite Networks and Trade Finance • FDIC Chair Addresses Crypto, FATF Publishes Updated Crypto AML Guidance • Global Agencies Target Darknet Market; CFTC Investigates Crypto … Continue Reading

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

NFT Scandals Coincide with Increased Push for Crypto Regulation

Authorship credit: George A. Stamboulidis, Robert A. Musiala Jr., and Christina O. Gotsis Problems caused by the lack of regulation in NFT markets were clearly exposed just last month with the revelation of not one, but two NFT scandals involving the use of insider information to snag exclusive pieces and game the market. In early … Continue Reading

Market Updates in CBDCs, Crypto Funds, BD-ATS Platforms and Stablecoins; DOJ and CFTC Enforcement Continues; DeFi Error Releases Millions in Crypto

In this issue: • CBDCs Explored by the U.K., New Zealand and Major Payments Network • New Products Launch in Crypto Funds, BD-ATS Platforms and Stablecoins • Fashion, Sports, Graphic Novels and Art: NFT Market Continues to Expand • Crypto Enforcement: DOJ and CFTC Target Sanctions and Registration Violations • DeFi Error Releases Millions in … 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
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