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Two new bills in Congress would clarify agency jurisdiction over cryptocurrency

Three longstanding policy issues facing cryptocurrency technology are being addressed by two new bi-partisian bills introduced in the House today: (1) the patchwork of state-by-state licensing of exchanges, (2) the...

The ideal regulatory environment for Bitcoin

We’re often asked what our ideal regulatory environment would be for Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies like it. A few years ago, in a regulatory submission to the Indian Ministry of Finance,...

What’s in the Bitlicense’s 5-year update?

On the Bitlicense’s 5th anniversary, NYDFS has announced plans to streamline the licensing application process, the new coin listing process, and it has updated a Frequently Asked Questions page. These...

How the OCC can clear a path for financial technology entrepreneurs

At last week’s Consensus: Distributed virtual conference Brian Brooks, chief operating officer of the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), said the agency should consider a federal licensing scheme...

The Uniform Law Commission’s model virtual currency act has been introduced in California

In February, the Uniform Law Commission’s model act for virtual currency business licensing was introduced in the California Assembly as AB 1489. Although it is now October and the Assembly’s...

Breaking down the consumer benefits of cryptocurrencies

In addition to their widely touted commercial use-cases, cryptocurrency and open blockchain technologies can significantly empower and improve the welfare of individual consumers. Because they do not offer the same...

New regulation would effectively ban crypto exchanges in Mexico

The Mexican central bank, acting under authority from a recently enacted fintech law, proposed new regulations last week that would effectively ban cryptocurrency exchanges in the country. This is a...

Three pro-cryptocurrency bills are being introduced in Congress

Update - 1/14/2019: The Blockchain Regulatory Certainty Act has been reintroduced by Reps. Emmer and Soto. We applaud this bipartisan approach. Today Representative Emmer from Minnesota's 6th congressional district and Representative...

Money Transmission Licensing is broken. Here’s how to fix it.

Last week the Chairmen of the SEC and CFTC co-authored an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that, among other things, called for a “revisit” of the policy thinking behind...

The ULC’s Model Virtual Currency regulation has been introduced in Hawaii & Nebraska.

Earlier this month, State Senator Mike Gabbard introduced the Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act in the Hawaii legislature. We worked with the Senator on this initiative and are...

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