April Regulator Roundup

130+ regulation and policy updates from the month of April

Copper

Coinbase made a rousing debut on the US stock market, the Turkish government is reportedly creating a regulatory framework for digital assets after two crypto exchanges are being investigated for fraud, and Iran leverages crypto as a way to operate outside of traditional financial controls.

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Global

Cryptocurrency market capitalisation hits $2 trillion. More

April’s crypto exchange volumes have hit a new all-time high. More

Visa ‘extremely well-positioned’ to dive into crypto and support CBDC development. More

Europe

Ethereum hits new ATH as European Investment Bank issues two year bond on ETH blockchain. More

Regulators to examine crypto exchange Binance’s foray into equities. More

European Central Bank releases results of digital euro consultation. More

European hedge fund Brevan Howard to invest $84m in digital assets. More

France

France’s third largest bank launches tokenised debt on Tezos. More

Crypto brokerage Bitit is shutting down amid bitcoin bull run. More

Germany

WisdomTree lists Bitcoin ETP on Germany’s Börse Xetra. More

A ‘physical’ Litecoin ETF is coming to Germany’s Xetra exchange. More

Deutsche Boerse to delist Coinbase’s shares. More

German giant Deutsche Telekom invests in DeFi network Celo. More

BaFin cracks down on crypto exchange Binance’s ‘stock tokens’. More

Ireland

Ireland passes strict law on all cryptocurrency companies. More

Norway

Norway is testing a central bank digital currency after four years of research. More

Norwegian authorities urge crypto users to declare earnings on upcoming return. More

Romania

Romanian university plans to accept crypto payments for admission fees. More

Russia

Russian central bank officials indicate that a digital ruble will launch in 2023. More

Former senior executive of Russia’s largest bank leaves for crypto startup. More

Survey: 14% of Russians think cryptocurrencies will oust fiat in 10 years. More

Ex-banker starts a DeFi firm in Russia. More

Russian lobby group launches new campaign against anti-crypto laws. More

Russian officials set to track transactions happening after crypto is exchanged into cash. More

Russian investors are complying with the tax bill on cryptocurrency gains. More

Russian news outlet calls for crypto donations as Kremlin cracks down on MediaMore. More

Spain

Spain seeks public comments on potential cryptocurrency regulations. More

11% of business in Spain use blockchain tech. More

Spain is ‘close’ to regulating crypto-related ads. More

Two major hotels in touristic Spanish City to accept crypto payments. More

Sweden

Millions of Swedish savers have exposure to Bitcoin via state pension fund. More

Sweden pushes ahead with a digital currency rollout. More

Switzerland

Switzerland’s largest insurer AXA starts accepting Bitcoin as payment. More

A Litecoin ETP just launched in Switzerland. More

CoinShares launches XRP ETP on SIX. More

Turkey

Turkey demands user information from cryptocurrency platforms. More

Turkish crypto exchange boss goes missing, reportedly taking $2 billion of investors’ funds with him. More

A second bitcoin exchange collapses in Turkey amid crackdown on cryptocurrencies. More

Turkey bans crypto payments for goods and services. More

Turkey’s central bank head says crypto rules coming, denies total ban ahead. More

UK

‘Blockchain recovery’ scam is posing as a legit firm, UK FCA warns. More

NFT investments plans listing on London Stock Exchange growth market. More

UK consumers go crazy for cryptocurrency apps in third lockdown. More

NatWest will refuse to serve business customers who accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. More

Bank of England, HM Treasury establish new taskforce to explore digital currency. More

HSBC blacklists MicroStrategy’s stock for investing in Bitcoin. More

UK court to consider Craig Wright’s claim of ‘inventing’ Bitcoin. More

UK revenue authority to target cryptocurrency tax evaders. More

Ukraine

Ukrainian parliament passes bill that criminalises people who don’t reveal crypto holdings. More

Report claims Ukrainian officials hold over $2.6bn in Bitcoin. More

Americas

Mass adoption looms as South America’s second-largest company accepts crypto payments. More

Brazil

Bank of Brazil becomes the first state-backed bank to allow customers exposure to a crypto ETF. More

Vitreo launches Brazil’s first DeFi fund. More

Canada

3 Ethereum ETFs start trading in Canada. More

Canadian cryptocurrency exchange CoinSmart submits OSC application. More 

CI Global Asset Management launches Bitcoin mutual fund in Canada. More

First Bitcoin ETF in North America hits $1bn in assets. More

United States

Coinbase, US’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, makes Nasdaq debut. More

Former currency comptroller to become CEO of Binance US crypto exchange. More

Gary Gensler confirmed as SEC chair. More

Former SEC chairman Jay Clayton warns of new Bitcoin regulations. More

Former Chainalysis exec takes reins at US AML watchdog. More

IRS seeks names of Circle customers transacting over $20K in crypto. More

US tax rise worries drive cryptocurrencies sharply lower. More

Mastercard and digital currency exchange Gemini to launch crypto rewards credit card. More

CEO of Kraken exchange warns a crackdown on cryptocurrencies may be coming. More

U.S. Bank to administer NYDIG’s Bitcoin ETF. More

Jackson TN looking to become a Bitcoin hub. More

US Congress to clarify crypto regulations once the Senate passes bipartisan bill. More

Cryptocurrency’s growth has led to nearly two-thirds of US adults being crypto-curious. More

Biden calls out crypto’s use in sanctions evasion in executive order response to Russian cyberattacks. More

U.S. is ‘behind the curve’ on crypto regulations, says SEC Commissioner Peirce. More

US courts dismiss manipulation allegations involving Bitcoin Cash. More

Former CFTC chair Giancarlo joins BlockFi’s board. More

Former BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes surrenders to US authorities. More

Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital joins growing list of Bitcoin ETF contenders. More

The New York Stock Exchange is issuing NFTs for these 6 stocks. More

Court denies SEC’s request seeking years of financial records from Ripple execs. More

Facebook’s Diem stablecoin could be launched by the end of 2021. More

The US General Services Administration to auction off more than $500k in Bitcoin. More

Charles Schwab to offer crypto services if the US implements clearer regulations. More

NYSE files to list shares of Valkyrie’s Bitcoin ETF. More

Survey: 14% of Americans own crypto, Bitcoin remains most popular. More

Wyoming ‘DAO law’ to go into effect in July after receiving final approval. More

San Francisco Sheriff’s department bought the recent Bitcoin dip. More

Ripple CEO says the U.S. lacks regulatory clarity on cryptocurrency. More

CFTC appoints former DEX lawyer as Head of Fintech wing. More

Venezuela

Venezuela’s Caracas Air adds Bitcoin as new payment method. More

Venezuela seizes 76 Bitcoin mining rigs due to transport documentation issues. More

Caribbean

Bequia

Bequia set to become home to world’s first Bitcoin community where you can buy homes with cryptocurrency. More

St Kitts and Nevis

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank publicly launches new digital currency. More

Middle East & North Africa

Egypt

Egypt’s growing P2P volumes being driven by crypto traders under the age of 34. More

Central Bank warns Egyptian retail investors away from Bitcoin as value skyrockets. More

Georgia

Abkhazia bans Bitcoin mining shortly after legalising it. More

Iran

Iran’s central bank says officially mined crypto can be used to pay for imports. More

Iran revises electricity pricing rules for cryptocurrency mining. More

Kyrgyzstan

Former gov’t official blames crypto mining for energy crisis in Kyrgyzstan. More

UAE

Nasdaq Dubai to list Middle East’s first Bitcoin fund. More

First Bitcoin ETF in Dubai aims to raise more than $200m. More

UAE minister of economy: Crypto & tokenization “key” to doubling GDP. More

 

South Asia

India

India may give crypto holders an “exit window” in case of Bitcoin ban. More

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s central bank warns public against risks of crypto investment. More

East Asia & the Pacific

Binance and Huobi stablecoins surge as Asia seeks fiat alternatives. More

Zipmex processes Asia’s first purchase of Lamborghini with Bitcoin. More

Australia

The ASX could launch Australia’s first crypto ETF by the end of the year. More

Bank protections against cryptocurrency scams in Australia ‘ a very shaky area’. More

China

Hong Kong and China test cross-border digital yuan, says PBoC official. More →

Publicly-traded fintech firm acquires Chinese mining farm for $9m. More

China is studying crypto as an investment tool, says PBoC deputy governor. More

China’s capital probes cryptocurrency mining. More

Chinese lottery firm furthers crypto pivot by buying Bitcoin miner maker for $100m. More

Beijing to track crypto mining impact on energy consumption. More

Hong Kong

Regulated Bitcoin and Ethereum funds have launched in Hong Kong. More

Japan

Japanese regulator aims to implement FATF Rules toward crypto companies in 2022. More

Japan’s central bank begins CBDC experiments . More

Nexon first public Japanese company to buy Bitcoin. More

Japan sees record crypto deposits, nearly 7 times more than last year. More

Indonesia

Indonesian regulators consider tax on cryptocurrency transactions. More

Indodax CEO explains Bitcoin transaction surge in Indonesia. More

Indonesia’s plan for a cryptocurrency exchange met with enthusiasm. More

Malaysia

Remitano blocked in Malaysia after it was declared illegal by SC. More

South Korea

South Korean gov’t makes $10.5m profit from 4-year-old Bitcoin crime haul.  More

Young Koreans turning to crypto as alternative for creating wealth. More

Listed Korean firm Gamevil to acquire $28m stake in local crypto exchange Coinone. More

South Korea plans interagency crackdown on illegal crypto transactions. More

Seoul gov seizes $22m worth of crypto from tax evaders. More

All 200 crypto exchanges could be shut down under new regulation, regulator warns. More

Taiwan

Taiwan set to roll out new AML regulations for crypto exchanges. More

Thailand

Thai Central Bank to pilot its retail CBDC in 2022. More

Major Thai bank experimenting with decentralised finance. More

Vietnam

Survey: Vietnam has second highest rate of cryptocurrency use. More

Vietnam studies legal framework for virtual currencies. More

Africa

Africa crypto usage spurs Luno as customers reach 7m. More

Egypt

Egypt’s growing P2P volumes being driven by crypto traders under the age of 34. More

Ethiopia

Ethiopian education minister confirms Cardano blockchain partnership. More

Nigeria

Bitcoin peer-to-peer trading in Nigeria rises 27% since central bank ban. More

Nigeria’s SEC says central bank’s crypto ban disrupted the market. More

Senegal

Akon wants to run a Senegal city on cryptocurrency. More

South Africa

Cryptocurrency exchange iCE3 goes into liquidation. More

Another South African company reveals plans to list a crypto ETF on local stock exchange. More

Zambia

Zambia’s largest land titling project gets blockchain backing by Medici. More

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