The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network today issued guidance on how its regulations apply to money transmission involving convertible virtual currencies.
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Federal and state regulators have ordered a halt to activities by a Dallas-based entity known as “AriseBank” that has targeted investors in an allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering.
Aside from the recent bitcoin mania that is seeing a wave of “initial coin offerings” and goosing the stock value of companies that announce virtual currency plays, the underlying technology — known as blockchain, or distributed ledger technology — has attracted significant interest from financial institutions and investors.
Amid the hoopla over bitcoin and other virtual currencies, it’s the underlying documentation platform that’s revolutionizing transactions.
The Conference of State Bank Supervisors yesterday finalized its new framework for model state-level regulation of virtual currencies such as bitcoin.
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Plenary held in Brisbane, Australia on June 26 adopted a number of reports including a revised best practices on combating the abuse of non-profit organization, and guidance for a risk-based approach to virtual currencies.
Recent actions by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network indicate that regulatory pressure on virtual currency companies is heating up.