February Regulator Roundup

100+ regulation and policy updates from February

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From Ukraine legalising cryptocurrencies, the Canadian government sanctioning crypto wallets associated with the Ontario trucker protests, and crypto companies taking top slots at the Super Bowl – February saw a flurry of activity.

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Global

Global financial watchdog calls for ‘urgent’ action to contain crypto risks. More

Crypto market capitalisation slumps to $1.5T as Russia attacks Ukraine. More

Europe

EU mulls metaverse regulation as businesses jump into virtual reality. More

EU finance chief says digital euro bill coming in early 2023. More

EU reportedly plans to task new money laundering agency with oversight of crypto. More

EU ‘commits’ to cutting Russian banks off from SWIFT over Ukraine invasion. More

European Parliament postpones vote on crypto regulations indefinitely. More

Austria

Austrian programmer and ex-crypto CEO likely stole $11bn of Ether. More

France

21Shares lists Chainlink, Terra, And Uniswap ETPs on Euronext Paris and Amsterdam. More

Germany

Binance shared information with German police on Islamist attacker’s suspected accomplices. More

Gibraltar

Valereum to accelerate its acquisition of 90% of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX). More

Hungary

Hungary’s central bank head calls on EU to ban crypto mining and trading. More

Italy

Italy formally lays out crypto firms’ new AML requirements. More

Russia

Russia houses $200bn worth of crypto, Kremlin estimates. More

Russia’s finance minister: local banks should be able to deal with crypto. More

Russian government and central bank agree to treat Bitcoin as currency. More

Russia Finance Minister: Banning BTC is like banning the internet. More

Russian lawmakers begin public discussions on establishing crypto rules. More

Russian government introduces crypto bill to parliament over central bank objections. More

Bitcoin Mining in Russia largely unaffected amid Ukraine invasion. More

Spain

Bank of Spain governor calls for crypto surveillance. More

Sweden

Crypto advocates push back on Sweden’s call for EU mining ban. More

Switzerland

Fidelity debuts bitcoin ETP on the Deutsche Börse and SIX Swiss Exchange. More

Ukraine

Ukraine parliament legalises cryptocurrencies. More

Ukrainian central bank suspends electronic cash transfers, bolstering the use case for crypto. More

Ukraine to issue legal demands on crypto exchanges to freeze Russian accounts. More

Ukraine’s official Twitter account posts pleas for crypto donations amid Russian invasion. More

United Kingdom

UK tax department confuses crypto investors in DeFi and staking earnings pursuit. More

BoE is ‘highly unlikely’ to develop a retail wallet for CBDC, says official. More

Crypto firms face cliff-edge in UK as time ticks down for AML approval. More

British MP Matt Hancock considers buying BTC. More

UK authorities seized 3 NFTs in a $1.9m fraud case. More

London Stock Exchange buys TORA for $325m in digital asset push. More

Americas

Brazil

DeFi ETFs take flight in Brazil with two launches this month. More

Bill to regulate crypto in Brazil for first time heads to Senate vote. More

Canada

Canadian Bitcoin ETF sees its third-biggest daily inflow ever. More

KPMG Canada latest firm to add BTC, ETH to balance sheet. More

Tories push Trudeau for plan to attract crypto investment. More

Crypto payments firms face new restrictions under Canada’s blockade crackdown. More

Court orders freeze of Canadian ‘Freedom Convoy’ crypto fundraising. More

Canada protests: Kraken CEO says users should consider taking crypto off exchanges. More

Canada finally ends Emergencies Act. More

El Salvador

El Salvador’s Bitcoin-fueled vet hospital opens. More

Mexico

Coinbase to let crypto recipients in Mexico cash out in local currency. More

United States

Fed releases new research on risk and promise of stablecoins. More

Grayscale debuts ETF to track digital asset-based equities index. More

MIT, Boston Fed go public with ‘Project Hamilton’ central bank digital currency research. More

Financial disclosures show Ted Cruz made a January 25 bitcoin purchase. More

US Treasury targets NFTs for potential high-value art money laundering. More

Tesla held $2bn of BTC as of late 2021, SEC filing reveals. More

DoJ seizes $3.6bn in crypto and arrests two in connection with 2016 Bitfinex hack. More 

US Treasury reiterates that the IRS won’t consider crypto miners, stakers or coders to be brokers. More

BlockFi moves to register lending products with SEC. More

Coinbase shares slip as app crashes briefly after Super Bowl ad. More

US lawmaker debuts draft of federal stablecoin regulation bill. More

FBI launches new crypto crimes unit. More

SEC chair hints at no spot Bitcoin ETFs yet, but cites ‘careful consideration’ for future. More

US Senator Cynthia Lummis: The Federal Reserve should buy bitcoin. More

Fed puts new bans on trading in stocks, bonds, crypto or commodities following trading scandal. More

DOJ indicts BitConnect’s Indian founder for $2.4bn crypto Ponzi scheme. More

Senator Ted Cruz explains why he is bullish on Bitcoin amid Canadian controversy. More

BitMEX founders plead guilty to Bank Secrecy Act violations. More

Coinbase posts record revenue, user numbers in Q4 earnings surprise. More

President Biden announces technology export controls, bank sanctions against Russia. More

Colorado governor Polis says the state will accept crypto for taxes by this summer. More

Caribbean

Jamaica

Jamaica has everything ready for its new Jam-Dex CBDC. More

A bold Caribbean experiment in E-Cash hits a major obstacle. More

Middle East & North Africa

Iran

Iran aims to develop a CBDC. More

Israel

Israel seizes 30 crypto wallets allegedly used to fund Hamas. More

IsIsrael’s securities regulatory chief lays out crypto plans. More

Kazakhstan

New tax proposal in Kazakhstan could push crypto miners out. More

Kazakhstan terminates 13 crypto mining farms. More

Kazakhstan president calls for tax increase on crypto mining. More

Pakistan

Pakistan says risks from cryptocurrencies outweigh its benefit. More

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia to invest billions in metaverse, blockchain technology. More

Swiss BSV to establish blockchain academy in Riyadh. More

UAE

UAE prepares national crypto licensing. More

Arab Federation of capital markets partners with UAE to launch blockchain innovation challenge. More

South Asia

India

India’s CBDC to arrive in the next fiscal year, crypto income to be taxed 30%. More

India’s ad watchdog issues guidelines for crypto advertisements. More

Indian authorities crack $5.4m crypto scam, arrest 11. More

Top Indian crypto exchanges see 35-59% jump in sign-ups post Budget announcement. More

Myanmar

Myanmar Junta wants own digital currency after government in exile pushes Tether. More

East Asia & Pacific

Australia

Australian cryptocurrency investors targeted in fake crypto app scam. More

China

China tightens law to jail those found raising funds though crypto sales. More

Hong Kong

Hong Kong to propose bill to license crypto exchanges. More

Japan

FTX is acquiring Japanese crypto exchange Liquid. More

Singapore

Singapore state investment fund Temasek eliminates position in Coinbase. More

North Korea

North Korea funding its missile programme with stolen cryptocurrency, UN investigators say. More

South Korea

Executives from V Global crypto exchangehanded prison sentences for $1.7bn fraud in South Korea. More

KB Bank to launch South Korea’s first crypto investment fund. More

South Korea to invest $187M in national metaverse project. More

Thailand

Thailand scraps 15% crypto capital gains tax following public backlash. More

Africa

Nigeria

Nigeria’s Bitcoin P2P trading surge by 16% since CBN enforced crypto ban. More

South Africa

South Africa urges caution on crypto exchange FTX. More

South African exchange raises $50M in Africa’s largest funding round. More

Government is going after crypto miners and assets in South Africa. More

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