NYDFS: Why We Rejected Bittrex’s Application for a BitLicense

Shirin Emami is the executive deputy superintendent for banking at the New York State Department of Financial Services. Bittrex purportedly aims to get the facts straight about the denial of its license applications by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) in recent statements to the media (including CoinDesk). But, the cryptocurrency exchange leaves out the context necessary to understand its failures to comply with DFS’s licensing requirements, it continues to misstate the facts and it presents a misleading picture about the denial. First, Bittrex claims that DFS…

NYDFS: Why We Rejected Bittrex’s Application for a BitLicense

Shirin Emami is the executive deputy superintendent for banking at the New York State Department of Financial Services. Bittrex purportedly aims to get the facts straight about the denial of its license applications by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) in recent statements to the media (including CoinDesk). But, the cryptocurrency exchange leaves out the context necessary to understand its failures to comply with DFS’s licensing requirements, it continues to misstate the facts and it presents a misleading picture about the denial. First, Bittrex claims that DFS…

Bittrex Responds to NYDFS Denial of BitLicense Application, Cites Factual Inaccuracies

United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex has responded to the New York Department of Financial Services’ (NYDFS) denial of the company’s BitLicense application in a press release published on April 10. Earlier today, NYDFS denied Bittrex’s application for a BitLicense — which is required to conduct virtual currency related business in the state of New York — claiming that the exchange had inadequate policies and controls regarding Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Know Your Customer (KYC) and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) standards. In its response, Bittrex expressed its disappointment in…

Crypto Exchange Gemini to List Bitcoin Cash With NYDFS Approval

The Winklevoss-owned Gemini crypto exchange is adding support for bitcoin cash (BCH), the firm announced Friday. Specifically, the New York-based startup is only supporting the fork of bitcoin cash based on the Bitcoin ABC roadmap, and not the alternative version, “Satoshi’s Vision” (SV). The difference arises after a controversial hard fork last month when the bitcoin cash network split into two different and competing blockchains with their own tokens. The exchange has added replay protection to ensure that transactions are only valid on the one network, wrote engineering VP Eric…