Blockchain 

BitMEX Operator HDR Global Hires Former BNP Paribas Exec

BitMEX parent firm HDR Global Trading has hired a former executive of French banking group BNP Paribas as the group’s general counsel. 28 years of legal expertise Derek Gobel, who served at BNP Paribas for more than 19 years, will now oversee HDR Global’s legal function and help the company move forward in a constantly evolving regulatory environment, according to a blog post on BitMEX on Sept. 11. A member of the Legal 500’s 2017 GC Powerlist in China and Hong Kong, Derek will bring 28 years of experience working…

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Blockchain 

Report: BitMEX Crypto Exchange COO Steps Down

The chief operating officer (COO) at digital currency exchange BitMEX, Angelina Kwan, has reportedly stepped down. A spokesperson familiar with the matter told industry-focused media outlet The Block on Sept. 9: “We can confirm that Angelina Kwan is leaving the company and is on gardening leave now. That’s all we can say on the matter at the moment, but we wish Angelina all the best.” A veteran Hong Kong regulator Kwan — who previously covered enforcement and market supervision as part of her role as director of Hong Kong’s Securities and…

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Ethereum 

CFTC Probe of BitMEX a Result of Roubini Vs. Hayes Taipei Tangle?

Seychelles-based cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX is reportedly in trouble. Soon after Nouriel Roubini, a New York University professor of economics and anti-cryptocurrency pundit, criticized BitMEX of violating regulations, it was reported on July 19 that United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is opening an investigation into BitMEX on whether it broke the law by allowing U.S. residents to trade on its platform. A day later, an additional finding by London-based blockchain data provider TokenAnalyst revealed that BitMEX has experienced major Bitcoin (BTC) outflows to the tune of $73 million after…

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Ethereum 

BTC Outflow on BitMEX Exceeded Inflow by $73M: TokenAnalyst

Bitcoin (BTC) outflows on major crypto exchange BitMEX have notably exceeded the inflows after the firm was reported to be a subject in a regulatory investigation. Bitcoin outflows on BitMEX exceeded inflows by $73 million Over the past 24 hours, BitMEX saw an outflow of $83 million worth of Bitcoin, while only $12 million came in, London-based blockchain data provider TokenAnalyst reported in a tweet on July 19. 24-hour on-chain Bitcoin flows on major exchanges. Courtesy of: TokenAnalyst Twitter While such a discrepancy appears to be abnormal in comparison with…

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Ethereum 

U.S. Regulator Investigating BitMEX for Allowing Americans to Trade

United States regulator the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is reportedly investigating derivatives giant BitMEX. According to sources citing people familiar with the matter speaking to Bloomberg, the CFTC suspects that BitMEX, which is registered in the Seychelles, allowed U.S. residents to use its platform to trade. Under current law, the U.S. is one of the countries excluded from using BitMEX and similar crypto-based financial services, but users may have sought to circumvent the geoblock using services such as VPNs. The investigation, details of which have not yet been confirmed…

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Ethereum 

BitMEX in Violation of Securities Laws, Crypto a Metastasized Cancer

Economist and anti-cryptocurrency pundit Nouriel Roubini has recently declared that there is “overwhelming evidence of rampant fraud and abuse” in the crypto space.  Roubini, a professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, also took aim specifically at the compliance policies of crypto exchange BitMEX in an essay entitled “The Great Crypto Heist.” The essay was published by opinions publication site Project Syndicate on July 16. According to Roubini, anonymous sources from within BitMex told him that criminals perform a massive amount of money laundering on the exchange: “BitMEX insiders revealed…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Lightning Nodes Claimed 2.22 BTC in ‘Justice’ Against Thieves: BitMEX

Bitcoin (BTC) Lightning Network nodes have claimed 2.2 BTC in “justice transactions” to deter potential thieves, a BitMex Research analysis revealed on July 15. A so-dubbed “justice transaction” is a punitive mechanism involving the closure of a lightning channel that is suspected to be attempting theft. As the report outlines: “… by design, when a thief attempts to steal funds on the lightning network, if caught, they do not only lose the money they tried to steal, they lose all the funds in the relevant channel. This “punishment” is expected…

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Blockchain 

BitMEX Owner Awards $60K Grant to Bitcoin Developer Michael Ford

Bitcoin Core contributor Michael Ford, aka “fanquake,” has been awarded a $60,000 grant by the parent firm of top crypto derivatives platform BitMEX. In an official announcement published on July 12, BitMEX owner and operator HDR Global Trading revealed its decision to award Ford the grant, noting that he has just recently been made the latest official maintainer of the Bitcoin Core software project.  This means that the developer’s key has been added to the “trusted keys list” file on GitHub — giving him the ability to merge in changes…

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Bitcoin 

BitMEX CEO Says Facebook Libra Will Make Banks ‘Dumb Nodes’

Facebook’s Libra payment protocol could make central and commercial banks irrelevant, but PayPal has no future anyway, the CEO of derivatives giant BitMEX thinks. Arthur Hayes made the comments in a new interview with Taiwanese news network BlockTempo TV on July 9. Speaking during this year’s Asia Blockchain Summit (ABS), Hayes made grim forecasts for both banks and fiat-based payment networks.  Libra, which saw its whitepaper release last month but has yet to launch, has drawn both praise and criticism from across the international economy.  For Hayes, participants who should…

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Bitcoin 

‘Release the Tape You Coward’ — Roubini Tells BitMEX CEO After Debate

American economist and professional crypto contrarian Nouriel Roubini has furiously demanded the release of a recording of his latest debate with BitMEX CEO and co-founder Arthur Hayes.  In one of several fulminating tweets posted on July 2, Roubini accused the organizers of the Asia Blockchain Summit in Taiwan of being part of a “mafia hush money racket” and cowing to BitMEX’s censorship by choosing to neither tape nor broadcast his debate with Hayes during the event. One tweet reads: “Another @CryptoHayes scam: he didnt allow the blockchain conference to record our…

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