Blockchain 

Liechtenstein’s Parliament Unanimously Approves New Blockchain Act

Liechtenstein’s Parliament has unanimously passed the Act on Tokens and Entities Providing Services Based on Trusted Technologies (TVTG), also known as the Blockchain Act. Pioneer in comprehensive regulation On Oct. 3, the Parliament of Liechtenstein approved the Blockchain Act, which aims to improve investor protection, combat money laundering and establish clarity. The new law will enter into force on Jan. 1, 2020. The parliament’s announcement claims that this act will make Liechtenstein the first country to have comprehensive regulation of the token economy. The newly approved law will regulate civil…

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Blockchain 

Liechtenstein Approves DLT Public Offering with Porsche-Backed Firm

German crypto investment startup Neufund launches its blockchain-enabled public offering platform featuring a Porsche-backed firm as the first issuer. 10 euro minimum investment  Within the first offering on Sept. 16, Neufund’s platform will be used by mobility firm Greyp, company backed by sports car giant Porsche, Camel Group and T-mobile, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph today. Neufund’s platform has acquired clearance from the Financial Monetary Authority in Liechtenstein to host public offerings with a minimum investment of just 10 euro, enabling high accessibility to investors. Firms from…

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Blockchain 

Canadian Judge Approves $1.6M in EY, Legal Firm Fees in QuadrigaCX Case

The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Canada, has approved over $1.6 million in fees for parties seeking funds from former Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX, according to recently released court documents. Justice Darlene Jamieson ordered to approve the activities, fees and disbursements incurred by the Monitor — Big Four audit firm EY — in the ongoing proceedings of QuadrigaCX.  The exchange ostensibly lost access to its cold wallet holdings following the death of its founder, Gerald Cotten, in December 2018, and now owes over $198.4 million to an estimated 115,000 users.…

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Ethereum 

G7 Approves Japan’s Cryptocurrency-Based SWIFT Alternative

The Japanese government is attempting to spearhead the creation of a new, global cryptocurrency payments network that would be similar to SWIFT. Replace SWIFT with a global crypto payments network? Citing an anonymous source, a Reuters report published on July 18 claimed that the country’s push for the network is motivated by a resolve to combat money laundering more effectively. While plans are being kept firmly under wraps, the source alleged that Tokyo hopes to have the network established within the next few years.  Plans for the network were reportedly…

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Blockchain 

US Senate Committee Approves the Blockchain Promotion Act

The United States Senate committee of commerce, science and transportation approved the Blockchain Promotion Act on Tuesday, tech news outlet CNET reports on July 11. The bill, published by the outlet, moves the U.S. closer to a blockchain definition at the federal level and establishes a blockchain working group within the Department of Commerce. Members of the working group should be representatives of federal agencies that could use blockchain and non-governmental stakeholders. Non-governmental participants will include information and communication technology manufacturers, suppliers, software providers, service providers, vendors, and experts. Within…

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Ethereum 

US SEC Approves Blockstack Token Offering Under Regulation A+

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has given blockchain-based startup Blockstack the go-ahead to run a $28 million public token offering under Regulation A+, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on June 10. Blockstack will reportedly launch its token offering online tomorrow, July 11. While other firms have previously taken advantage of Regulation A+ funding, this marks the first time that investors will receive a token, rather than shares in the company. Regulation A+ is an initial public offering (IPO) alternative geared towards startups…

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Blockchain 

US CFTC Approves LedgerX’s Application for Designation As Contract Market

The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has approved the application of LedgerX LLC for designation as a contract market, according to an announcement published on June 25. LedgerX — a U.S.-based regulated crypto derivatives and clearing platform — can operate as a designated contract market (DCM) as of June 24, 2019. The company’s activities will be registered under Section 5 of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and Part 38 of the CFTC’s regulations. Registration as a DCM will require that LedgerX maintain compliance with all applicable provisions of…

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Bitcoin 

Iceland’s Financial Regulator Approves Blockchain-Powered E-Money Firm

The Financial Supervisory Authority (FME), Iceland’s sole financial regulator, has approved the first blockchain-powered e-money firm in the country, crypto media outlet CoinDesk reported June 14. Reykjavik-based Monerium, backed by blockchain software company ConsenSys, has reportedly been approved by the Icelandic financial watchdog to provide fiat payment services using ethereum (ETH) blockchain. According to the report, Monerium has become the first company to operate under an electronic money framework, a major European regulatory framework that enabled the firm to offer blockchain-powered e-money services across the European Economic Area (EEA). Monerium…

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Bitcoin 

Japan Officially Approves Bill to Amend National Legislation Governing Crypto Regulation

The Japanese House of Representatives has officially approved a new bill to amend national laws that govern crypto regulation, Cointelegraph Japan reported on May 31. The bill — which had been prepared by Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) and accepted by the House in mid-March of this year — has been passed by a majority in the House of Councilors plenary session, according to an update today on the FSA’s website. The bill seeks to introduce amendments to two national laws that apply to crypto assets — the Act on…

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Blockchain 

Bermuda Ministry of Finance Approves Velocity Ledger ICO

The Bermuda Ministry of Finance has approved the initial coin offering (ICO) of trading company Velocity Ledger Holdings Limited (VLHL), according to a press release published on April 10. VLHL’s subsidiary VL Financial is now in the application process with the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) to obtain the relevant licenses to operate. If approved by the BMA, the company will operate a digital asset exchange in Bermuda. The release notes that the company can use VL tokens for payment for licensing VL technology platforms and services. Commenting on the development,…

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