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The Japanese government said today that inspections will take place at 15 unlicensed cryptocurrency exchanges in light of a recent major hack. According to the Japan Times, the country’s financial services minister Taro Aso said at a news briefing that on-site inspections will take place at the exchange providers that have filed for licenses but …

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It was around midnight, January 31, when K. received an email from Coinbase containing a 1099 tax form. That was strange enough – K. certainly didn’t expect a cryptocurrency exchange to be a conduit for government documents. Then K. looked at how much Coinbase said he owed money on: $2.4 million. “I initially freaked out, considering …

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The undersecretary of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence called on the international community for stronger cryptocurrency regulations to help protect the financial system and national security in a speech yesterday. Citing Venezuela’s recent introduction of the “petro” cryptocurrency as an example, Sigal Mandelker told the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association …

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Japan’s Coincheck exchange reinstated Japanese yen withdrawals yesterday and investors are already flocking to take out their funds following the firm’s recent hack. According to a company announcement on Feb. 13, soon after Coincheck partially resumed operations on Tuesday, it had already processed 40.1 billion yen (or $373 million) in withdrawal requests from existing investors. The …

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South Korea has doubled down on its commitment to eliminating the use of cryptocurrency in illicit financial activities, while expressed a will to foster the country’s blockchain development. In a video published today, Hong Nam-ki, head of the office for government policy coordination, said the government is taking a strong stance in bringing transparency to domestic …

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Cryptocurrency startup Coinbase said Tuesday that its U.S.-based users won’t be able to add new credit cards as a payment option. Making the announcement through its official blog post on Feb. 13, Coinbase said the platform currently is unable to offer a smooth credit card purchase experience. As a result, it has “disabled adding new …

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The Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) plans to launch a blockchain-based clearing and settlement platform for token sales, it announced today. The initiative will see the CSE move to list so-called “Security Token Offerings,” through which blockchain-based assets which are explicitly securities would be offered and sold. The blockchain-powered platform represents a new service area for …

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South Korea is reportedly considering a technology-specific licensing scheme as part of it proposed regulation of cryptocurrency exchanges. According to BusinessKorea, a government official involved with a virtual currency task force said Sunday that such rules, which bear a similarity to New York’s controversial “BitLicense,” introduced in 2015, could be enacted or at least debated. The source …

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David Silver is the founder of Silver Miller, a plaintiffs’ law firm that brings cases against cryptocurrency exchanges and investment offerings. The views expressed here are his alone. You can reach him at DSilver@SilverMillerLaw.com. I’m late, I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say “Hello.” Goodbye! I’m late! I’m late! I’m late! …

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China’s state-own news agency appears to be stepping up its rhetoric on over-the-counter (OTC), crypto-to-crypto trading and overseas initial coin offerings (ICOs) that still remain active in the country, calling them an attempt to bypass existing regulation. In a news report published Feb. 12, the Xinhua News Agency, detailed how purchasing cryptocurrency assets through OTC channel …

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Abu Dhabi’s markets regulator is considering drawing up a supervisory framework for cryptocurrency exchange operations. In an announcement, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of the Abu Dhabi Global Market said it is “reviewing and considering the development of a robust, risk-appropriate regulatory framework to regulate and supervise activities of virtual currency exchanges and intermediaries.” The FSRA …

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South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb is now accepting new investor registrations following integration of new regulator-mandated “know-your-customer” (KYC) procedures. In an announcement on its homepage, Bithumb said that, starting from Feb.9, investors on the platform will be able to confirm their real identity through accounts at Nonghyup Bank. The firm further detailed that KYC integration with …

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Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has announced that it plans to allow users to start withdrawing local currency from their accounts next Tuesday. In a notice posted today, the company – which suffered a notable hack in late January – said (via unofficial translation): “Currently, assets of customers’ Japanese yen are managed safely in customer’s account …

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Binance, the Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange has announced has resumed all trading activities, including deposits and withdrawals, as of 10:00 UTC today. In a status update, the platform further said it will lower trading fee by 70 percent until Feb. 24 to show its “gratitude” for users’ support through the process. As reported by CoinDesk, …

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Hong Kong’s securities regulator appears to be stepping up efforts to regulate cryptocurrency exchanges involved with initial coin offerings (ICOs). In a statement released Friday, Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) revealed it has sent warning letters to seven cryptocurrency exchanges advising that certain tokens being traded on their platforms may be defined as securities. …

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Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Coinsquare has raised $30 million in new equity financing. Announced today, the funding was led by financial services firm Canaccord Genuity. The funding, according to the company, “will be used to fuel a global growth plan and diversification strategy focused on making the platform even more responsive to mainstream customers’ needs.” Part …

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Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange Binance said it won’t resume trading or enable customer withdrawals until Friday amid a continued blackout blamed on a prolonged system upgrade. The outage has sparked fears that the exchange has been hacked, though Binance, responding to such comments on Twitter, has strongly pushed back against the claim. According to the most …

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Japan’s financial watchdog is reportedly planning to conduct more on-site inspections of domestic cryptocurrency exchanges. According to a report from Japan’s Nikkei, the country’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) is looking to inspect several more cryptocurrency exchanges in the country starting as soon as this week, following its visits to Coincheck in the days after its …

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The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) intends to prioritize an examination of developments in the cryptocurrency and initial coin offering markets this year. Revealed today in the agency’s annual “examination priorities” update, the OCIE said it will broach the industry under its mandate to improve compliance, monitor risk and prevent fraud in …

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Singapore’s government has indicated that it sees no need to prohibit cryptocurrency trading. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Singapore’s deputy prime minister and chairman of Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), said in a written response to MPs yesterday that cryptocurrency and related trading activity currently do not pose any threat to Singapore’s finance system. He stated that MAS has …

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