June Regulator Roundup

100+ regulation and policy updates from the month of June

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It was a frenzied month which saw Kazakhstan roll out the welcome mat for miners fleeing China’s crackdown, El Salvador racing to be the future of Bitcoin, and crypto exchange Binance encounter fresh compliance concerns.

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Global

Google lifts 2018 ban on crypto exchange, wallet advertisements. More

World Economic Forum releases policy toolkit for DeFi regulations. More

BIS joins France and Switzerland’s central banks on cross-border CBDC project. More

El Salvador’s Bitcoin adoption an ‘interesting experiment,’ says BIS exec. More

Listed companies, trusts and ETPs now control almost 7% of the Bitcoin supply. More

Europe

Euro investment bank predicts shortfall in blockchain and tech investment. More

ECB says digital euro may be needed to combat ‘artificial currencies’. More

Digital euro could drain 8% of bank deposits, Morgan Stanley says. More

Austria

Austrian blockchain company builds platform to tokenise solar energy. More

Denmark

Denmark’s largest bank cautious on crypto, but won’t interfere. More

Germany

CoinShares lists physically backed crypto ETPs on German exchange. More

Deutsche Boerse acquires majority ownership of Crypto Finance AG. More

Coinbase to launch a DApp store after getting crypto custody license from BaFin. More

Ireland

Irish MEP calls for stringent crypto regulations in Europe. More

Malta

$71bn in crypto has reportedly passed through ‘blockchain island’ Malta since 2017. More

Netherlands

Dutch official calls for complete ban on Bitcoin. More

The Netherlands should regulate crypto instead of banning it, says finance minister. More

Norway

Norway finance minister sees great interest in cryptocurrency — says bitcoin could see ‘breakthroughs’. More

Norwegian FSA sees urgent need for crypto investor protection. More

Norwegian financial regulator cautions about Bitcoin investing as price tumbles. More

Norway’s Arcane Crypto to list an ETP with Valour later this year. More

Portugal

Portugal grants first crypto exchanges operating licenses. More

Russia

Russian central bank policies stop Tinkoff from offering crypto trading, CEO says. More

Russian central bank ‘short-sighted’ regarding crypto, lawmaker says. More

Spain

Spanish court rules John McAfee can be extradited to the United States. More

McAfee found dead in Spanish prison as extradition loomed; autopsy planned. More

Sweden

Bitcoin’s rising popularity will lead to more regulation, says Riksbank. More

Polkadot ETP hits Swedish stock market. More

Switzerland

21Shares AG launches Solana ETP for crypto on Swiss Stock Exchange. More

Spain’s BBVA opens Bitcoin trading service to clients in Switzerland. More

UK

UK FCA buys another 9 months to review crypto companies’ registrations. More

Over 2 million adults in UK now hold crypto, FCA survey finds. More

UK Starling bank to resume crypto exchange deposits in late June. More

ETC Group to list first Bitcoin ETP in London on the Aquis Exchange. More

UK regulator commits more resources to assessing crypto firms, says HM Treasury. More

Met Police seizes more than $150m in cryptocurrency during criminal investigation. More

UK regulator bans Binance from regulated activities in the country. More

UK bank NatWest limits amount users can transfer to crypto exchanges. More

13 more crypto firms withdraw licensing applications in the UK. More

Ukraine

Ukraine ranks 10th globally in bitcoin investments, earns $400 million in 2020. More

Revised bill on cryptoassets aims to regulate Ukraine’s crypto space this summer. More

Americas

Support for making Bitcoin legal tender grows in Latin America. More

Latin American telecom company accepts crypto payments through BitPay. More

Brazil

Brazil stock exchange lists first Bitcoin ETF in Latin America. More

Canada

Binance says it will no longer serve Ontario users. More

Colombia

Colombia’s Capital unveils $2.8bn blockchain investment plan. More

El Salvador

Bill to make Bitcoin legal tender passes in El Salvador. More

El Salvador’s president wants to build volcano-powered crypto miners. More

El Salvador minister says it’s too early to use Bitcoin for wages. More

World Bank refuses El Salvador’s request for help on BTC transition. More

El Salvador to airdrop $30 in Bitcoin to every adult citizen. More

Mexico

Mexico lawmakers aim to follow the example of neighbouring countries with proposed Bitcoin legislation. More

Mexico’s Finance Minister confirms cryptos are banned from financial system. More

United States

Guggenheim’s new fund may seek exposure to Bitcoin, SEC filing shows. More

Miami mayor bought Bitcoin after Congress passed $1.9T stimulus bill. More

IRS needs congressional authority to handle crypto, says chief. More

After googling it, CFTC boss says DeFi is a ‘bad idea’ and probably illegal. More

Elizabeth Warren compares ‘bogus’ crypto to ‘legitimate’ CBDCs in senate hearing. More

SEC warns investors of the risks with Bitcoin futures. More

Bill banning crypto mining for 3 years dies in NY state assembly. More

Pension provider partners with Coinbase to offer 5% exposure to crypto. More

Biden hints at possible cybersecurity arrangement with Russia over ransomware attacks. More

SEC opens to comments on whether to approve VanEck Bitcoin ETF. More

US crypto exchange Kraken eyeing public listing in 2022. More

US Republican Party’s election arm to accept cryptocurrency donations. More

Miami crypto conference predicts attendance exceeding 50,000. More

SEC-registered crypto robo-advisor Makara launches.

House Democrats form working group focused on cryptocurrencies. More

Hawaii had largest increase in demand for crypto out of US states this year. More

Miami’s mayor lures Chinese Bitcoin miners with cheap nuclear energy. More

3 tons of Bitcoin mining rigs will reportedly relocate from Guangzhou to Maryland. More

Biden nominee for Treasury Dept will prioritise crypto regulation. More

New York City will become a Bitcoin centre, says city’s mayoral lead Eric Adams. More

SEC reportedly delays Robinhood’s IPO due to its growing crypto business. More

US Fed official calls Tether a ‘challenge’ to financial stability. More

Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest is readying the first bitcoin ETF with 21Shares. More

FINRA orders Robinhood to pay $70m over ‘significant harm’ to customers. More

Caribbean

None this month.

 

 

 

Middle East & North Africa

Iran

Iranian president calls for legal framework for crypto trading. More

Iran seizes 7,000 crypto miners amid Bitcoin energy crackdown. More

Iran’s Ministry of Industry issues 30 licenses to crypto mining farms. More

Israel

Bank of Israel deputy governor confirms digital shekel pilot is underway. More

Bank of Israel uses Ethereum blockchain for upcoming ‘digital shekels’. More

Kazakhstan

Publicly-listed Chinese mining firm has already sent bitcoin miners to Kazakhstan. More

UAE

Mideast joins Bitcoin craze with first Dubai crypto listing. More

Dubai economy and HSBC updated the UAE KYC blockchain platform. More

South Asia

India

Indian central bank remains anti-crypto, affirming ‘no change’ in its stance. More

India to reportedly ditch Bitcoin ban agenda in favor of asset classification More

Crypto investments in India skyrocket by 19,000% in one year. More

 

East Asia & the Pacific

Australia

ASIC has launched a new consultation on crypto ETFs – but only Bitcoin and Ethereum would be eligible under the proposed rules. More

40% of Australians intend to buy Cryptocurrency in 2021. More

China

China to hand out $6.2M in new digital yuan trial in Beijing. More

Southern China warns investors against illegal token platforms. More

Chinese search engines block results for top crypto exchanges. More

China debuts blockchain-based digital yuan salary payments in Xiong’an. More

City in Sichuan orders crypto miners to shut down for investigation More

China’s digital yuan is now available at 3000+ ATMs in Beijing. More

Chinese Bitcoin mining pools see further hash rate plunge on Sichuan shutdown order. More

Crypto exchange Huobi bans Chinese residents from trading derivatives. More

Beijing subway now accepts digital yuan. More

Hong Kong

Hong Kong includes central bank digital currency in fintech strategy. More

Indonesia

Indonesia’s central bank marshals staff to enforce crypto payments ban. More

Japan

Coinbase enters Japanese market after completing registration with financial watchdog. More

,Japan regulator issues another warning that Binance is operating in the country. More

Singapore

Singapore’s DBS Bank launches digital bond security token. More

South Korea

South Korea moves to ban cross trading for crypto exchanges. More

Korean banks will need to classify crypto exchange clients as ‘high risk’. More

Regulations drive Korean exchanges to delist, warn against high risk coins. More

South Korean crypto exchanges banned from handling coins they issued themselves. More

Authorities in South Korea seize $47m in crypto from tax evaders. More

Thailand

Thailand to target DeFi in latest regulatory clampdown. More

Thai regulators ban exchanges from trading meme tokens and NFTs. More

Africa

Ethiopia

Jack Dorsey notes lobbying efforts to get Ethiopian gov’t to embrace Bitcoin. More

Ghana

Ghana plans pilot for digital currency. More

Nigeria

Nigeria’s central bank plans CBDC pilot launch before the end of 2021. More

South Africa

South Africa to revise national policy position on cryptocurrency. More

A major crypto scam in South Africa? Two brothers and 69,000 BTC have vanished together. More

South Africa to revise national policy position on cryptocurrency. More

Tanzania

Tanzanian president urges central bank to prepare for crypto. More

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