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01 November 2018

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Financial Watchdog Reveals New Cryptoasset Regulations

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) today announced a raft of new regulatory measures for the cryptoasset industry. In an announcement posted on its website on November 1, the SFC sets out the “overarching principles and regulatory standards of the regulatory framework” the regulator will put in place to reduce the risks of investing … Continue reading Hong Kong’s Financial Watchdog Reveals New Cryptoasset Regulations

Mark Knowles, Coinlaw

16 October 2018

Malta

Digital-Age Contracting and the Dawn of a New Legal Order

The rise of the Internet and the digital economy has had a profound, and as yet not fully mapped out, impact on our understanding of law and the limits of regulation. Its borderless nature undermines the central regulatory role that the nation-state had since early modernity. The disintermediation that it facilitated subverted existing hierarchies and … Continue reading Digital-Age Contracting and the Dawn of a New Legal Order

Dr Ian Gauci, GTG Advocates

11 October 2018

Worldwide

Who’s going to write ‘smart contracts’ – the lawyer or the programmer?

  I have often come across the tired joke about lawyers not being “good at numbers” unless it’s to do with their fees. My experience is that this joke has substance. In general, lawyers see themselves as masters of the written or spoken word and not as people whose job it is to deal with … Continue reading Who’s going to write ‘smart contracts’ – the lawyer or the programmer?

Jacob Enoch, Firon

28 September 2018

Switzerland

Crypto market sentiment deeply influenced by regulatory news, says BIS analysis

  Regulatory news has a strong influence on cryptocurrency prices, according to an analysis published by the Bank of International Settlement (BIS) last Sunday, September 23. The report attributes this influential relationship to the fact that virtual coins are typically governed by national laws, due to their reliance on existing financial institutions already overseen by various … Continue reading Crypto market sentiment deeply influenced by regulatory news, says BIS analysis

Mark Knowles, Coinlaw

27 September 2018

Malta

Huge Crypto Summit Set To Cement Malta’s ‘Blockchain Island’ Reputation

  Malta has been stealing the headlines within the DLT and cryptoasset space for the better part of 2018, and since announcing its groundbreaking DLT regulation, the small Mediterranean island has surged to the front in the race to become the leading global crypto hotspot. The decisions of Binance, OKEx, and ZBX to set up … Continue reading Huge Crypto Summit Set To Cement Malta’s ‘Blockchain Island’ Reputation

Dennis Avorin, Iota Ecosystem, Malta

21 September 2018

France

New ICO Legislation Brings Legal Certainty to France’s Blockchain Sector

  The French parliament has passed what many analysts are describing as the most progressive and comprehensive legislative framework for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) to date. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire announced via Twitter on September 13 that the legislation, known as Article 26, had been “adopted in committee” and had created “a legal … Continue reading New ICO Legislation Brings Legal Certainty to France’s Blockchain Sector

Mark Knowles, Coinlaw

20 September 2018

Malta

Maltese Brokerage Says Crypto Real Estate Deals Will Boom Under New Laws

  Just a few days ago, a project called CryptoHomes.io was launched in Malta. It is the first serious attempt to establish a full-service real estate brokerage platform using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in the emerging “Blockchain Island” and beyond. Malta is experiencing a booming real estate sector with skyrocketing prices and an ever-growing demand for … Continue reading Maltese Brokerage Says Crypto Real Estate Deals Will Boom Under New Laws

Jan Henrik Stockhausen, Crypto Homes

14 September 2018

Malta

Interview With Dr Ian Gauci: A Key Advisor on Malta’s Blockchain Legislation

Malta has quickly risen to prominence in the global crypto industry following the passage of three groundbreaking blockchain legislation bills which are set to come into effect this November. As a result, all eyes are on the small island country to see what effects the legislation will have on the industry. Coinlaw recently spoke to … Continue reading Interview With Dr Ian Gauci: A Key Advisor on Malta’s Blockchain Legislation

Mark Knowles, Coinlaw

05 September 2018

China

Why China Loves Blockchain But Hates Cryptocurrencies

For those who follow developments in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry in China, it often seems as though the government has a love-hate relationship with this new technology and the booming cryptocurrency market it has spawned. China saw the game-changing potential of blockchain early on, and over the last few years it has steadily increased … Continue reading Why China Loves Blockchain But Hates Cryptocurrencies

Mark Knowles, Coinlaw

12 July 2018

The Philippines

The Philippines kickstarts ‘fintech hub’ by licensing cryptocurrency exchanges

The Phillippines is pushing ahead with its plan to become ‘Asia’s Silicon Valley’ by licensing cryptocurrency exchanges to operate in a designated special economic zone. Photo: Pixabay Golden Millennial Quickpay Inc. Limited (GMQ) on Wednesday (July 11) became the first crypto exchange to receive a license to operate in The Philippines’ Cagayan Special Economic Zone. … Continue reading The Philippines kickstarts ‘fintech hub’ by licensing cryptocurrency exchanges

Mark Knowles, Coinlaw

11 July 2018

France

French crypto task force: regulation is ‘neither desirable nor necessary’

Jean-Pierre Landau, the head of France’s Crypto Regulatory Task Force, has released his in-depth report on the use of cryptocurrencies in France in which he concludes that it “is neither desirable nor necessary” to regulate them. Landau who has been nicknamed “Monsieur Bitcoin” was appointed in January this year by French Minister of the Economy … Continue reading French crypto task force: regulation is ‘neither desirable nor necessary’

Mark Knowles, Coinlaw

06 July 2018

Thailand

Thai SEC reveals regulatory framework for ICOs and cryptocurrency trading

  Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday (July 5) released its regulatory framework for creating and trading digital tokens through initial coin offerings (ICOs). The regulations will come into effect on July 16. It also announced that the ICO portal process and outlined the rules and fees that will apply to businesses wishing … Continue reading Thai SEC reveals regulatory framework for ICOs and cryptocurrency trading

Mark Knowles, Coinlaw

04 July 2018

Korea

Korean government set to spend big on blockchain technology development

  Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT this month announced its far-reaching Blockchain Technology Development Strategy aimed at securing a competitive edge for Korea in the rapidly emerging industry. The strategy aims to raise a total of 230 billion won ($US207 million) over the next four years to invest in the development and implementation of … Continue reading Korean government set to spend big on blockchain technology development

Mark Knowles, Coinlaw

28 June 2018

United States

US House of Reps passes bill mandating study on illicit use of cryptocurrencies

  The US House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill on Monday (June 25) to mandate the US Comptroller General to undertake a study to examine the role of cryptocurrencies in illicit transactions. Bill H.R. 6069, also known under the title of the Fight Illicit Networks and Detect Trafficking Act, was “passed unanimously,” according to … Continue reading US House of Reps passes bill mandating study on illicit use of cryptocurrencies

Mark Knowles, Coinlaw

Malta

Malta’s ‘Bitcoin island’ dream moves closer as parliament approves three cryptocurrency and blockchain bills

On Tuesday (June 26) members of the Maltese Parliament voted unanimously to approve three cryptocurrency and blockchain bills designed to move the country closer to its stated goal of becoming a “blockchain island.” Parliament Secretary for Financial Services and Digital Economy and Innovation Silvio Schembri, who is leading the push to make Malta a global … Continue reading Malta’s ‘Bitcoin island’ dream moves closer as parliament approves three cryptocurrency and blockchain bills

Mark Knowles, Coinlaw

22 June 2018

United States

Bitcoin’s historic first mention in US Supreme Court opinion

  A passing reference to Bitcoin in a dissenting opinion by US Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer has made history as the first ever mention of cryptocurrency in an opinion by the court. On June 21, the Supreme Court issued a ruling on Wisconsin Central Ltd. v. United States, a case involving a dispute … Continue reading Bitcoin’s historic first mention in US Supreme Court opinion

Mark Knowles, Coinlaw

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