Crypto Is Tightening Up Its Anti-Money Laundering Game, While Banks Are Still Being Fined for Non-Compliance

In 2018, barely a month passed without an official at a financial institution or government department calling on crypto to clean up its act. In the last quarter of the year alone, the United States Department of the Treasury, the Canadian Parliament and the Russian Federal Financial Monitoring Service all urged or announced the introduction of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) laws for cryptocurrencies, and all of them based their moves on the (noticeably mistaken) presumption that cryptocurrencies are a primary haven for criminals, who use them either as a medium of…

Its ICO Portfolio ‘Could’ See 25 Percent Refund Rates Over Non-Compliance, Says Pantera Capital

Blockchain and cryptocurrency-focused investment firm and hedge fund Pantera Capital has warned that a quarter of its ICO projects could be found to violate the United States’ securities laws. According to the company’s most recent newsletter cited by a Bloomberg article Dec. 13, the ongoing crackdown by U.S. regulators means many ICOs, which have already felt the pinch from declining markets, may have to repay investors. “While we believe the vast majority of the projects in our portfolio should not be affected, approximately 25 percent of our fund’s capital is…

UK Financial Conduct Authority Investigates ‘50’ Firms Over Cryptocurrency Non-Compliance

The U.K.’s financial regulator has doubled the number of cryptocurrency-related businesses it is inspecting over unlicensed operations, local daily news outlet The Telegraph reported Nov. 26. Responding to a Freedom of Information request by the publication, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said it was currently eyeing 50 entities which it “suspected” were offering financial services without its permission. The number is more than twice that which the FCA reported in May this year, and comes at a time when the U.K. is seeking to adopt a more orderly approach to…