SEC’s Valerie Szczepanik at SXSW: Crypto ‘Spring’ Is Going to Come

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Valerie Szczepanik is optimistic that regulation will ultimately boost the cryptocurrency market. “I do think if we hope to smell the crypto spring in the air, it will take people walking with the regulators,” Szczepanik, the SEC’s senior advisor for digital assets, told a crowd Friday at SXSW in […]

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London Stock Exchange Leads $20 Million Fundraise for Blockchain Startup Nivaura

Capital markets blockchain startup Nivaura has raised a total of $20 million with the closing of its second seed extension round led by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG). Announced today, other investors in the latest round include Santander InnoVentures, the Spanish bank’s VC arm; law firms Linklaters and Orrick; Transamerica Ventures, part of pensions and […]

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Blockchain Analysis Links Hamas Fundraising to Coinbase Bitcoin Account

The Palestinian military-political group Hamas, which the U.S. government deems a terrorist organization, may be using the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange for fundraising. Earlier this week, the Israeli blockchain analytics firm Whitestream identified several bitcoin wallet addresses referred to on official Hamas digital media channels in public requests for donations. One such appeal for bitcoin donations […]

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NYSE Arca Files Paperwork for Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Approval

New details have surfaced about the bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) proposed by Bitwise and NYSE Arca. Bitwise Asset Management announced its intention to launch the ETF earlier this month. If approved, it would be the first bitcoin ETF to make it to market in the U.S. At the time, the company said NYSE Arca would file the […]

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Crypto Exchange Kraken Says US Subpoenas Becoming ‘Barrier to Entry’

San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has said that the cost of handling government subpoenas is fast becoming a “barrier to entry” in the U.S. On Saturday, the exchange tweeted an infographic from its “2018 Transparency Report,” indicating that the law enforcement and other inquiries it has received from various government agencies around the world have […]

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The Future of ICOs: In the Hands of Regulators or Innovators?

William Mougayar is the founder of Token Summit and author of “The Business Blockchain.” The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  What is the future of initial coin offerings (ICOs) as we look to a 12-month horizon? As an early supporter of ICOs (properly run), I’d like to offer a […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Fear the Blockchain Regulators

Kevin Werbach is a Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the author of “The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust,” from which this article is adapted. _______ In 2015, New York became one of the first jurisdictions in the world to adopt a regulatory […]

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SEC Fines Crypto Fund $50K and Issues Cease-and-Desist

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has ordered fund manager CoinAlpha Advisors LLC to pay a $50,000 fine following what it deemed to be an unregistered securities sale. According to the order published Friday, CoinAlpha formed a fund in October 2017 with the goal of investing in digital assets. It reached out to possible investors, […]

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