Bitcoin 

Robinhood Zero-Fee Trading App Officially Launches in New York

American stock brokerage Robinhood Crypto has officially launched its zero-fee crypto trading app in New York, the company announced in a blog post on May 23. Following the acquisition of a BitLicense by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) in January 2019, Robinhood now allows New York citizens to trade in seven major cryptos with no commission fee using its Robinhood Crypto platform. From now, the Robinhood Crypto service is available in 39 states in the United States, including California, Washington and Florida, among others. The Robinhood…

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Blockchain 

New York Supreme Court Grants Bitfinex’s Motion to Modify Injunction

Justice Joel Cohen of the New York Supreme Court has granted the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange’s motion to modify an injunction from the New York Attorney General (NYAG), Bitfinex announced on May 16. Per the announcement, the court order will allow Bitfinex and affiliated stablecoin operator Tether to continue their normal business. It also states that the original injunction by the NYAG will expire in 90 days and that any motion to renew will be the responsibility of the NYAG. Cohen wrote in his decision: “…the Court finds that the preliminary…

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Bitcoin 

Crypto Prime Dealer SFOX Partners With New York Bank to Offer New FDIC Protection

Institutional cryptocurrency prime dealer SFOX has partnered with a New York bank to offer state-insured bank accounts for traders, the company confirmed in a blog post on May 14. SFOX, which says the move is an industry first, stated the deal with M.Y. Safra Bank primarily targeted institutional investors and funds. The company has been active in the trading space since 2014, and counts businesses such as Blockchain.com and Overstock subsidiary tZero among its clients. With Safra, SFOX traders will now have access to insurance through the United States government’s…

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Blockchain 

New York Assemblyman Says Blockchain Industry Needs Better Lobbying, Education

New York State Assemblyman Clyde Vanel said that the blockchain industry needs to be better at lobbying for itself and educating regulators. Vanel delivered his comments at a panel of ConsenSys’ Ethereal Summit on May 10. Vanel said that crypto- and blockchain-based business need to better advertise their accomplishments and value to the public. He noted that, within the nascent industry, bad actors often get all of the press, while projects that have real value are overlooked. Regarding blockchain, Vanel outlined the importance of educating the community, decision-makers, lawmakers and…

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Bitcoin 

New York District Attorney Charges Two for Shadow Banking Crypto Companies

The Southern District of New York Attorney has charged an Arizona man and Israeli woman for allegedly shadow banking cryptocurrency companies, according to an official announcement published on April 30. Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the arrest of Reginald Fowler for allegedly operating an unlicensed money transferring business and bank fraud. His purported co-conspirator Ravid Yosef has also been charged with bank fraud and is still at large, according to the announcement. In 2018, the accused allegedly worked for several…

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Bitcoin 

Why ATB Coin’s Legal Encounter Sets Precedent in New York for Future Securities Violations

If there’s anything to take away from this federal class-action suit, it’s that this new opinion on ATB Coin provides further guidance on when a token might be considered a security under securities law in the United States. For those with a legal background, this piece is set up in a similar way to a case brief you probably remember from law school. But even without a legal background, here’s some guidelines on how to read this. A traditional case brief outlines the factual background, issues, rule of law, and…

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Bitcoin 

Institutional Crypto Trading Platform Bakkt May Seek New York BitLicense

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)-lead institutional cryptocurrency trading platform Bakkt is considering acquiring a New York BitLicense to launch its bitcoin futures, Bloomberg reports on April 18. Bakkt has seen resistance from the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to approve its bitcoin futures because of its intentions to custody user’s assets. Bloomberg quotes anonymous sources familiar with the situation, stating that to ease the concerns of the regulator, the company is considering acquiring a license from New York financial regulators. The CFTC recognizes state bank and trust licenses and could…

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Bitcoin 

New York Denies Bittrex BitLicense Application Citing Inadequate Compliance

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has denied a BitLicense application from the Bittrex cryptocurrency exchange on April 10. In a letter to Bittrex CEO Bill Shihara, NYDFS explained that the exchange had inadequate policies and controls regarding Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Know Your Customer (KYC) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) standards. Bittrex applied for its BitLicense — which is required to conduct virtual currency related business in the state of New York — in August, 2015. Bittrex had been operating under the terms of a “safe…

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Bitcoin 

US Subsidiary of EU Crypto Exchange Bitstamp Seals Bitlicense From New York Regulator

The United States subsidiary of major European crypto exchange Bitstamp has been granted a virtual currency license from New York state’s financial regulator, according to an official press release from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) on April 9. The license, known as a BitLicense, has been awarded by the NYDFS to Bitstamp USA Inc., a subsidiary of the Luxembourg-registered exchange. According to the press release, the development makes Bitstamp USA reportedly the nineteenth firm to receive the department’s green light to conduct digital currency operations in New…

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Bitcoin 

Tagomi Holdings’ Subsidiary Gets BitLicense from New York DFS

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has granted a BitLicense to institutional-grade crypto trading platform Tagomi Trading, according to an official press release on March 27. Tagomi Trading, a subsidiary of Tagomi Holdings, is now legally authorized to trade virtual currency assets and to engage in money transmission. The company is allowed to offer trade routing and order execution services for non-security virtual currencies, including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH), the statement notes. The firm’s parent company, Tagomi Holdings, was launched by…

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