A huge amount of activity in the US suggests there is a race between States to provide the first framework that drives mass-adoption. But is that missing the point? Particularly when national and regional jurisdictions around the world are racing ahead and not encumbered by fragmentation at a national level.  This month Copper brings you 100 updates from around the world to keep you in the know.

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Regulators working to expose gaps in crypto-asset regulation, new Financial Stability Board chairman confirms. More →

Global regulation on the table in June 8 G20 finance meeting. More →

World Bank, IMF launch private blockchain, ‘quasi-cryptocurrency’ to investigate tech. More →

Cambridge study: Worldwide regulation hampered by lack of standardised terms. More →

Financial Stability Board delivers directory of crypto-asset regulators to G20. More →

Cryptocurrency thefts and scams top $1.2bn in Q1 2019. More →

24 countries, 11 international organisations meet to discuss possibility of global cryptocurrency regulation. More →




EU commits to regulate crypto-assets against money-laundering risks. More →


‘We don’t need blockchain regulations’ claims Economic Affairs Minister. More →

Financial Markets Authority grants Bitpanda payment provider licence. More →

Fintech regulatory sandbox to include ICOs, cryptocurrency is coming, says Austrian government. More →


Financial Services and Markets Authority blacklists seven more cryptocurrency sites. More →


Financial Supervisory Authority takes on registration role for crypto-exchanges, wallet providers ahead of Virtual Currency Act. More →


Adoption of Pact Act means insurers can offer crypto-asset investments as part of life insurance contracts. More →

French Finance Minister asks EU to adopt its cryptocurrency regulations. More →

Societe Generale issues $112m blockchain bond. More →


Bitfury, Swiss investment firm launch regulated Bitcoin mining fund. More →


First 14 crypto-asset agents approved for license. More →

Binance delists Bitcoin SV over due diligence, call Craig Wright a ‘fraud’. More →

Malta Financial Services Authority issues consumer guides on crypto-assets, scams. More →


Billion wins first e-money license from KNF watchdog. More →


Industry exchange group backs Financial Action Task Force cryptocurrency KYC ruling. More →

Coinbase launches cryptocurrency debit card. More →

Gov’t launches 5AMLD consultation eyeing EU money-laundering rules post-Brexit. More →

Jaguar Land Rover to offer owners IOTA cryptocurrency payments for driving data. More →




Quebec reverses course, sets aside 300MW to attract Bitcoin miners. More →


Tougher cryptocurrency regulations introduced to Congress. More →

United States

SEC issues guidance to determine whether digital assets are securities. More →

Nevada State proposes fintech sandbox including blockchain, cryptocurrencies. More →

SEC issues first ‘no-action letter’ to blockchain firm over airfare token sales. More →

SEC hiring cryptocurrency financial analyst at $230,000 a year. More →

Unregistered Bitcoin dealer jailed for two years, forfeits $823,000 to FinCEN. More →

Facebook targeting $1bn for stablecoin project, sources say. More →

Ohio Rep Warren Davidson re-introduces Token Taxonomy Act to exclude cryptocurrencies from definition of securities. More →

Bitstamp exchange wins New York BitLicense. More →

Bittrex exchange will appeal rejection of New York Department of Financial Services BitLicense. More →

Texas securities regulator issues Cease and Desist against ‘obvious crypto scam’ FXBitGlobal. More →

Blockstack seeks SEC Regulation A+ approval for $50m token sale. More →

SEC pressures ETFs to drop ‘blockchain’ from name for misleading investors. More →

Venture capital investment in crypto startups tops $850m in 2019 so far. More →

Bittrex exchange issues stern denial of NYDFS allegation over suspected North Korean accounts. More →

Browser extension allows Amazon payments in Bitcoin. More →

JP Morgan expanding in-house blockchain payment platform. More →

Guilty pleas for two men in New York’s first Bitcoin money-laundering case. More →

California court jails student in $7.5m Bitcoin SIM-swap hack. More →

New York Attorney General accuses Bitfinex/Tether of hiding $850m in losses. More →

Nigerian nationals at large over ‘risk free’ Bitcoin investment scam. More →

Explosion in cryptocurrency lending market sees single firm loan $1.5bn to institutional borrowers. More →

Disney acquisition offer for $13.2bn Korean gaming firm would mean they own stakes in cryptocurrency exchanges Bitstamp, Korbit. More →

FinCEN makes first public statement on darknet Silk Road p2p crypto-exchange operator. More →

Mainstream asset trader E*Trade to launch crypto trading desk. More →

Circle-owned equity crowdfunder SeedInvest wins FINRA approval. More →

Nasdaq adds real-time XRP spot prices to global data service. More →

Bakkt acquires DACC crypto custody firm. More →

Washington State signs law recognising blockchain technology. More →

Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital posts $272m loss in 2018. More →

SEC suspends securities trading on minor Bitcoin Generation exchange. More →

Malwarebytes: crypto-mining ‘all but extinct’ with 80pc drop in cases. More →

Bittrex exchange launches IEO for decentralised Ocean Protocol. More →

Tether only backed by 74% cash, securities, parent firm admits in Supreme Court filing. More →


Hyperinflation-hit citizens using Bitcoin as barter for food. More →

Economist’s crypto airdrop billed as humanitarian crisis aid. More →


Middle East & North Africa


Dubai luxury development sold entirely in Bitcoin ‘on hold’ over regulatory snag. More →

UAE surges to world leader with $210m in token sales. More →


Half of companies in regulatory sandbox now crypto firms. More →


Central Asia


Central bank governor to launch sovereign crypto bond to raise $5.8bn. More →


South Asia


Supreme Court delays central bank fight with crypto-exchanges to July 2019. More →

Unocoin exchange sacks half its workforce as regulation stagnates. More →

Reserve Bank: Blockchain, smart contracts are in regulatory sandbox but cryptocurrencies are out. More →

Government discusses draft bill for total ban on cryptocurrencies. More →


Financial Services Commission regulator issues Security Token Offering guidance. More →


Authorities preparing first draft cryptocurrency regulations, sources suggest. More →


East Asia & The Pacific


Australian Tax Office collecting bulk records to make sure cryptocurrency traders pay enough tax. More →

Crypto scams topped $4.3m in 2018, report finds. More →

Fast food chain now accepts BTC, BNB, ETH. More →


Regulators approve two blockchain supply chain firms to operate. More →

Chinese government wants to ban cryptocurrency mining. More →

Forex reserve regulator to adopt blockchain trade finance pilot. More →

[25 Apr 2019] Centralised regulation in conflict with new economy, says tech giant. More →

Hong Kong

Gatecoin exchange winds up after six years, investors seek recompense. More →


Liquid becomes $1bn unicorn after Series C funding round. More →

Country’s largest financial institution MUFG adds $6m to Chainalysis Series B round. More →

Monex sees $34m Coincheck exchange buyout as key to future. More →

Financial Services Agency regulator to strengthen requirements for exchange cold wallets. More →

Zaif exchange, hacked for $60m, reopens under new owner Fisco. More →

FSA hits Huobi, Fisco exchanges with surprise raids. More →


Central bank Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas approves three crypto-exchange licenses. More →


Churches indicted as front for $3m Bitcoin ponzi scheme. More →


Binance Singapore goes live with fiat-to-crypto exchange. More →

Scam warning over fake Chinese officials asking for Bitcoin payments. More →

South Korea

Bipartisan group of lawmakers call for relaxation of restrictive cryptocurrency regulations. More →

Government defence program will use blockchain for sensitive data sharing. More →


Financial Supervisory Commission says Security Token Offerings may be limited to $1m. More →

Proof of Capital announces $50m blockchain and fintech fund. More →


Bitcoin trader faces death penalty for floating ‘sea state’ in Thai waters. More →




Velocity Ledger approved for Bermuda ICO, seeking $22m. More →

British Virgin Islands

Digital currency will be released as disaster aid, says BVI. More →




Securities and Exchange Commission warns public over cryptocurrency investments. More →

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