January Regulator Roundup

190+ updates for you to sink your teeth into

Copper Team

UK’s ban on crypto derivatives goes into effect, France’s central bank completes a transaction using its own CBDC for the first time and the OCC approves the use of stablecoins for banking transactions.

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Global

Crypto market cap surges above $1 trillion for first time. More →

Cryptocurrency platforms struggle with demand from WallStreetBets fervor. More →

 DeFi quietly breaks record as investors lock up $15bn. More →

Most central banks will not be launching digital money in foreseeable future, BIS survey finds. More →

Visa may add cryptocurrencies to its payments network, says CEO. More →

All over the world, small investors jump into the GameStop frenzy. More →

Europe

EU

ECB’s Christine Lagarde Says ‘Speculative’ Bitcoin Needs Global Regulation. More →

Crypto exchange Kraken launches mobile app across Europe. More →

Economist slams ECB chief Lagarde’s Bitcoin remarks as dangerous for cryptocurrency regulation. More →

EU parliament receives petition seeking to establish crypto crime victims’ fund. More →

Huobi Global Connects to European Banking System via UK’s BCB Group. More →

Bulgaria

Owner of crypto exchange RG coins gets 10 years in prison for laundering $5M. More →

Finland

Finland decides to sell $75m worth of seized BTC. More →

France

Bank of France settles $2.4M fund in central bank digital currency pilot. More →

Crypto startup Ledger fights to repair its reputation. More →

Germany

A German programmer has two guesses to unlock bitcoin worth $240 million. More →

German exchange traded product garners volumes matching those of popular European funds. More →

Italy

AC Milan to launch ACM crypto token for fans? More →

Italian Banking Association launches experimental digital euro project. More →

Liechtenstein

LCX Exchange Gets Licensed in Liechtenstein to Help Banks Create Their Own Digital Assets. More →

Netherlands

Bitstamp introduces KYC regulations for its Netherland users. More →

Crypto-exchange Deribit adds Bitcoin options with $300K strike. More →

Russia

Russian public officials banned from holding cryptocurrency. More →

Russian crypto exchange Livecoin is shutting down after attack. More →

Russian court takes crypto exchange Binance off website Blacklist. More →

Bitcoin donations to Navalny surge after Russian opposition leader is jailed. More →

Major Russian bank gets ready to launch its own cryptocurrency by spring. More →

The Russian energy giant mining Bitcoin with virtually free energy. More →

Major Russian bank Sberbank files application to launch its own stablecoin — possibly pegged to the fiat ruble. More →

Russian court removes Binance from Domain blacklist. More →

Bitcoin bubble will pop sooner or later, says famous Russian BTC critic. More →

Serbia

Serbia legalizes digital assets trading and issuance. More →

Slovenia

Slovenia’s Eligma grabs another four million euros for its GoCrypto platform. More →

Spain

Regulatory sandbox and DeFi boom: How Spain pushed crypto adoption despite the pandemic. More →

Europol, Spanish police bust alleged scam posing as crypto investment training firm. More →

Ex-Real Madrid football player joins a Spanish lower division club in deal financed with crypto. More →

Spanish city Lebrija introduces cryptocurrency Elio. More →

Switzerland

Switzerland’s crypto broker AG wins securities house license From FINMA. More →

Swiss stock exchange’s crypto trading volume soars — hits record $1.2 billion. More →

Switzerland’s largest bank UBS provides guidance on BTC investing. More →

Smart Valor secures cryptocurrency exchange & custodian licenses from Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority. More →

New Bitcoin ETP launches on Swiss Stock Exchange SIX. More →

FiCAS’ actively managed crypto ETP gets green light for European expansion. More →

Huobi Taps BLINC network for instant fiat-crypto settlement. More →

A $3 billion digital-asset investing trailblazer just launched an exchange-traded bitcoin product in the midst of the cryptocurrency’s wild rally. More →

UK

Existing cryptocurrencies unlikely to last, says BoE’s Bailey. More →

Crypto investors ‘should be prepared to lose all their money,’ top UK regulator warns. More →

Revolut confirms it has temporary permit from FCA to offer cryptocurrency services, issues update about Ripple’s XRP. More →

UK ban on cryptocurrency derivatives, ETNs comes into force today. More →

Bitcoin faces regulatory scrutiny after rapid rally. More →

Bitcoin holders barred from depositing profits in UK banks. More →

UK’s finance ministry opens consultation on regulating crypto and stablecoins. More →

Gemini survey finds over 40% of UK crypto investors are women. More →

UK government asks crypto industry to provide insights on its regulatory approach. More →

UK Treasury Calls for Feedback on Approach to Cryptocurrency and Stablecoin Regulation. More →

Man who accidentally threw out a Bitcoin fortune offers $70 million for permission to dig it up. More →

Bank of England governor on Diem: ‘Where’s the business model?’ More →

After Brexit, freedom to set own rules in fintech, crypto could benefit UK. More →

Ukraine

Ukraine chooses Stellar Foundation to develop its CBDC, regulatory infrastructure for stablecoins. More →

Ukraine to Set up a Large-Scale Crypto Mining Data Center in a Nuclear Power Plant. More →

Dynamo Kyiv to launch its own cryptocurrency. More →

Americas

Over 31% of People in Latin America Want to Invest in Bitcoin. More →

Argentina

Argentina’s Ripio acquires second-largest crypto exchange in Brazil.  More →

Brazil

Crypto exchange Mercado Bitcoin Raises $37M. More →

Canada

Amid rising debt, former prime minister of Canada calls for Bitcoin reserves. More →

Columbia

Colombia uploads the Bitcoin white paper to its governmental website. More →

Mexico

How Mexico’s central bank plans to move payments to digital. More → 

Crypto users donate $400K to Julian Assange defense as Mexico proposes asylum. More → 

United States

Jack Dorsey slammed proposed US cryptocurrency laws as ‘nonsensical’. More → 

BlackRock to add bitcoin as eligible investment to two funds. More → 

Cryptocurrency Startup Ripple’s Future Hinges on SEC Case. More → 

OCC Says Banks Can Use Stablecoins in Payments. More → 

Gary Gensler named as Joe Biden’s SEC chair pick. More → 

SkyBridge Capital has already invested $182m in Bitcoin. More → 

The Treasury’s crypto reporting proposal may be a fourth amendment breach. More →

Coinbase chooses direct listing instead of IPO. More → 

Crypto exchange Bakkt to go public via a $2.1 billion deal with blank-check firm. More →

Ray Dalio calls Bitcoin ‘one hell of an invention,’ considers it for new funds. More → 

JPMorgan strategists say U.S. ETF could sap Bitcoin price. More → 

US President freezes proposed crypto KYC regulations. More → 

Dogecoin surges 77% as retail fever pitch stretches into crypto. More → 

U.S Central Bank leader says no rush into crypto dollar. More → 

Congress members raise concerns over US Treasury’s cryptocurrency rule. More → 

Winklevoss twins consider taking Gemini crypto exchange public. More → 

Crypto fund’s price diverges from holdings in latest mispricing. More → 

MicroStrategy won’t stop at 70,784 BTC. More → 

US Federal Reserve Looking to Hire a Manager to Research Stablecoins and CBDCs. More → 

Two bars for bitcoins: owner in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen selling out for cryptocurrency. More → 

Brian Brooks, who spearheaded crypto initiatives at the OCC, is stepping down today. More → 

Crypto whale One River says volatility to ease as prices rise. More → 

PayPal leads investment in crypto tax automation startup TaxBit. More → 

Robinhood restricts crypto trading ‘due to extraordinary market conditions’. More → 

Crypto industry fears impact of proposed Treasury rule. More → 

Large bitcoin payment made to far-right individuals before U.S. Capitol attack: report. More → 

New York’s investigation of cryptocurrency Tether hits fresh delay. More → 

Fake ICO consultant sentenced for embezzling cryptocurrency now worth $20 million. More → 

Sequoia Holdings says employees can draw part of salary in cryptocurrencies. More → 

Coinbase Acquires Blockchain Infrastructure Firm Bison Trails. More → 

Biden Treasury pick Janet Yellen warns cryptocurrency poses terrorism risk. More → 

NY DFS approves new stablecoin co., blockchain data solutions announced, new cryptocurrency regulatory and enforcement actions in U.S. and abroad. More → 

Gemini to offer credit card with crypto rewards. More → 

BitGo to pay $93K to US Treasury to Settle 183 ‘apparent’ sanctions violations. More → 

Coinbase to suspend XRP trading following SEC suit against Ripple. More → 

Bittrex to delist ‘privacy coins’ Monero, Dash and Zcash. More → 

Mayor of Miami is building out his cryptocurrency team. More → 

Harvard and Yale endowments among those reportedly buying crypto. More → 

FinCEN seeks info on US citizens’ offshore Bitcoin holdings. More → 

Caribbean

Bahamas

Tether’s bank Deltec says stablecoin is fully backed by Reserves. More →

Jamaica

Bank of Jamaica drafts regulations for country’s $4n epayments industry. More →

Middle East & North Africa

Bahrain

Bahrain central bank licenses Sharia-compliant crypto exchange. More →

Crypto exchange Rain secures $6m through Series A investment round led by Middle East Venture Partners. More →

Iran

Iran, pressured by power blackouts and pollution, targets Bitcoin. More →

Iranian authorities close 1,620 illegal cryptocurrency mining farms: Report. More →

Israel

eToro Said to Be in Talks With Goldman About Possible $5B IPO: Report. More →

Cryptocurrency tokens are securities not assets, rules Israel Securities Authority. More →

UAE

Dubai regulator to develop cryptocurrency framework. More →

Dubai-based cryptocurrency racket kingpin held at IGI airport. More →

ZelaaPayAE: UAE will now have a crypto debit card. More →

South Asia

China, Singapore Look Ahead to CBDC Future at World Economic Forum. More →

India

Indian crypto exchanges freeze suspicious accounts as bitcoin crosses $40,000. More →

India mulls imposing 18% tax on Bitcoin transactions. More →

RBI explores the possibility of digital rupee. More →

Indian police seize $1.2m Bitcoin from arrested crypto hacker. More →

Lawsuit filed to stop a global cryptocurrency scam spreading in India. More →

Mastermind of a cryptocurrency scam arrested in India. More →

India’s largest crypto exchange launches user-friendly app, eyes 50m new users. More →

CoinSwitch Kuber secures $15m series A round amid Indian crypto funding spree. More →

World’s first physical cryptocurrency bank opens in India. More →

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan’s central bank opens up crypto draft laws to public discussion. More →

Pakistan

Pakistan to set up two state-owned Bitcoin mining farms to help boost economy. More →

East Asia & the Pacific

Australia

German authorities accuse Australian man of running DarkMarket, the world’s largest illegal online marketplacer. More →

Australian crypto exchange to delist BSV over ‘bullying’ threat to Bitcoin developers. More →

Australian Bitcoin trader takes banks to tribunal after sudden account closures. More →

Kraken adds 26 crypto trading pairs to capture growing UK, Australia markets. More →

SwapPay will be Australia’s first cryptocurrency for fashion. More →

Australians are flooding back into cryptocurrency markets as the price of Bitcoin surges. More →

Zipmex, which aspires to build the the Asia Pacific regions largest digital assets exchange raises 6 million led by Jump Capital. More →

China

After GME, Dogecoin and Bitcoin, Chinese traders are betting what will pump next. More →

China Construction bank has launched the DCEP wallet named “Panda”. More →

ED discovers money trail of betting scam to China. More →

Geopolitics at stake in US response to China’s digital yuan: reports. More →

Investors go all-in for the release of China’s new e-Yuan cryptocurrency. More →

Why Polkadot is the hottest crypto in China. More →

Trump signs order to ban Ma’s Alipay, other Chinese apps. More →

Bitcoin mining firms benefit from soaring Bitcoin price. More →

Shanghai government invests $5m in Blockchain startup Conflux. More →

State-owned Chinese bank rolls out ATMs for digital yuan. More →

Hong Kong

Thieves grab $451K in cash from Hong Kong crypto trader. More →

Hong Kong crypto exchange Coinsuper to launch its own blockchain. More →

Hong Kong-listed BC Group raises $90m as institutional crypto demand soars in Asia. More →

Mass Hong Kong arrests of legislators and activists show why Bitcoin is essential. More →

Fidelity ups stake in Hong Kong cryptocurrency company BC Group. More →

Japan

Enjin Coin becomes first gaming cryptocurrency whitelisted for use in Japan. More →

Japan rallies behind XRP as Ripple faces US litigation. More →

Japanese telecoms giant Softbank Corp joins crypto regulatory group JSTA. More →

Japan to have blockchain-based stock exchange in 2022. More →

Japanese police arrest 30 people for allegedly having exchanged stolen cryptos from the 2018 Coincheck hack. More →

Mitsubishi and Japanese university offer peer-to-peer trading alternative to FIT payments. More →

BofA says flee ‘frothy’ stocks, beware bitcoin bubble. More →

Japan’s top brokers compete with crypto-native exchanges for market share. More →

CoinLab cuts deal with Mt. Gox trustee over Bitcoin claims. More →

Malaysia

Active cryptocurrency traders not spared from LHDN. More →

Ripple tech to power new Malaysia-Bangladesh remittance corridor. More →

Singapore

Bank of Singapore says crypto could replace gold as store of value. More →

Parliament passes Bill to tighten regulations on virtual payment service providers dealing with cryptocurrency. More →

Singapore tightens oversight of crypto exchanges. More →

Gemini expands crypto offering in Singapore. More →

Singapore-based Vauld raises $2m to become a full-fledged crypto bank. More →

South Korea

South Korea’s 20% crypto tax still on track for 2022: Report. More →

Bitcoin retail FOMO brings a heap of ‘Kimchi Premium’ to S. Korea. More →

South Korea’s Dunamu launches Bitcoin ‘fear and greed’ index to guide traders. More →

Nexon founder goes after Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb. More →

Huobi Korea scores certification from Korea Internet and Security Agency. More →

Major South Korean Bank Shinhan is set to offer crypto custody-related services. More →

North Korea

Google says North Korea-backed hackers sought cyber research. More →

Court rejects Ethereum developer Virgil Griffiths’ motion to dismiss. More →

Taiwan

Taiwan-based crypto hardware wallet SecuX now featuring buy cryptocurrency through Coinif. More →

Africa

Trading Bitcoin in Africa is a way for some to escape poverty. More →

Kenya

Kenya to earn $46m as new tax targeting crypto exchanges comes into force. More →

Nigeria

Nigeria’s Bitcoin peer-to-peer trading for 2020 is $352 million. More →

South Africa

South Africa cracks down on Bitcoin after alleged ponzi scheme. More →

Liquidators of South African Bitcoin trading club request greater probe powers. More →

Bitcoin regulation in South Africa looming. More →

South African Bitcoin trader MTI enters liquidation, CEO on run. More →

Uganda

Complete internet shutdown wipes out Uganda Bitcoin trading. More →

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