While a few smaller jurisdictions are making great strides, it has become clear that regional regulators are starting to recognise the need to provide a workable solution, or at the very least demonstrate a willingness to work towards one.

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Global

G20 Financial Stability Board say cryptocurrencies will challenge global framework. More →

Retail investors with 1-10 BTC still growing, research shows. More →

Financial Action Task Force urges 35 countries to regulate exchanges like mainstream banks. More →

 

Europe

EU

Self-proclaimed crypto state Liberland plans to lobby EU for membership. More →

Peer-to-peer exchange LocalBitcoins to comply with EU AML regulations. More →

Bloc ‘falling behind’ without crypto-asset regulation, Brussels fintech conference told. More →

ESMA chair supports stronger crypto-asset regulations. More →

Cyprus

Securities regulator calls for adoption of EU AML rules for cryptocurrency. More →

Germany

Commerzbank adds R3 blockchain to €100,000 securities transaction tests. More →

Eurex derivatives exchange launching crypto futures desk. More →

Coinhive crypto-mining browser to close in March 2019 after malware takeover. More →

Bundestag to reveal blockchain strategy by mid-2019. More →

Liechtenstein

Bank Frick adds cryptocurrency trading facility for retail customers. More →

Lithuania

Central bank policy update opens cryptocurrency investment funds to professional investors. More →

Luxembourg

Bill provides regulatory framework for securities issued on blockchain. More →

Malta

Malta Financial Services Authority announces cybersecurity consultation for blockchain industry. More →

Binance exchange launches ‘true’ decentralised trading with DEX testnet. More →

Romania

Fake auto gang who laundered millions in crypto extradited in US federal bust. More →

Russia

Justice Minister declares cryptocurrencies ‘categorically prohibited’ for payments. More →

Former Energy Minister announces oil-backed cryptocurrency to bypass sanctions. More →

Kremlin sets July 2019 deadline for Duma’s crypto-asset framework. More →

Spain

Banco de España warns citizens against crypto due to lack of local regulation. More →

Banco de España hits Bitcoin payment potential despite Lightning Network upgrades. More →

Banco Santander signs $700m IBM blockchain contract. More →

Switzerland

Cybersecurity firm Wisekey adds Geneva to blockchain research centre network. More →

SIX exchange to launch SDX blockchain bourse in second half of 2019. More →

High net worth private bank Julius Baer adds SEBA to offer customers crypto access. More →

FINMA continues war on unregistered crypto brokers. More →

UK

B2C2 market maker obtains FCA licence for crypto derivatives trading. More →

Crypto fraudsters shifting focus to social media, says Financial Conduct Authority. More →

£255m lost in crypto investment scams, says Financial Conduct Authority. More →

London Stock Exchange group leads $20m investment in crypto-denominated bond startup. More →

Coinomi multi-asset wallet denies leak over ‘spell check’ vulnerability. More →

Mainstream ATFX broker adds BTC, XRP, LTC and ETH to CFD platform. More →

EXMO exchange expands into Turkey with fourth national office. More →

Ukraine

Country completes pilot for e-hryvnia national digital currency. More →

 

The Americas

Argentina

Public travelcards can be topped up using Bitcoin, state rules. More →

Brazil

BTG Pactual investment bank debuts real estate-backed ReitBZ security token. More →

Ministry of Justice studying Bitcoin over crime uses. More →

Canada

Judge orders 30-day stay on QuadrigaCX lawsuits over $130m lost key scandal. More →

British Columbia securities regulator had ‘no oversight’ on QuadrigaCX. More →

Ontario securities regulator joins QuadrigaCX investigation. More →

Financial Markets Authority of Quebec decides crypto-mining contracts classed as securities. More →

Coinsquare acquires decentralised StellarX exchange. More →

Judge names legal representation for 115,000 QuadrigaCX users. More →

Chile

Bank of Chile takes sides in dispute between banks and cryptocurrency exchanges. More →

Mexico

[4 Feb 2019] Nasdaq-listed Overstock signs MOU for blockchain real estate ledger in Tulum. More →

[27 Feb 2019] Monetago fraud reduction dumps Hyperledger for R3’s Corda in six bank rollout. More →

United States

College student who stole $5m crypto jailed for 10 years. More →

Cottonwood Bitcoin ATM provider wins New York BitLicense. More →

Crypto Regtech platform TRMLabs raises $1.7m for regulation compliance. More →

SEC to track transactions on most popular ledgers. More →

Congress passes Financial Technology Protection Act giving $450,000 to curb cryptocurrency crime. More →

Abra unveils fractional stock prices linked to Bitcoin. More →

SEC ‘Crypto Mom’ says regulation delays will allow more freedom for tech. More →

Leaked interview shows SEC Commissioner thinks Bitcoin ETF will win approval. More →

SEC reiterate ICO guidelines amid regulatory debate. More →

Commodity Futures Trading Commission puts cryptocurrencies in focus in 2019 framework report. More →

Virginia public pension funds add $40m to crypto investor Morgan Creek Digital. More →

CFTC Commissioner suggests US crypto Self-Regulatory Organisation. More →

Electronic Frontier Foundation challenges SEC over EtherDelta unregistered securities exchange ban. More →

JP Morgan becomes first US bank to launch in-house crypto with JPM Coin. More →

CFTC official argues against SEC grounds against Bitcoin ETFs. More →

Reality Shares Bitcoin ETF deemed ‘inappropriate’ in crushing SEC decision. More →

SEC wins injunction against Blockvest for unregistered securities ICO. More →

Ohio congressman Warren Davidson plans to reintroduce bipartisan Token Taxonomy Act for ‘light-touch’ regulation. More →

SEC begins review of rule change for NYSE Arca Bitcoin ETF. More →

Public letter demands CFTC regulate ETH futures for greater liquidity. More →

BitGo wallet secures $100m crypto insurance policy from Lloyds of London. More →

Blockchain analytics firm Ciphertrace raises $15m. More →

Decentralised computing firm Gladius to pay $12.7m after SEC deems ICO unregistered security. More →

University of Michigan endowment to add to $3m already in Andreesen Horowitz crypto fund. More →

California bill would allow legal cannabis firms to pay taxes with stablecoins. More →

FBI seeks representations from BitConnect victims. More →

Pantera Capital raises $125m for third crypto fund. More →

Texas securities regulator issues Cease and Desist warnings to four token offerings. More →

Coinbase Pro adds XRP support. More →

Federal agents return 26.7BTC stolen in 2016 Bitfinex heist. More →

Jamie Dimon hints JPM Coin could be for consumer micropayments. More →

Nasdaq begins listing Ethereum, Bitcoin indexes. More →

Wyoming signs four crypto-asset bills into law. More →

Square’s Cash App sold $166m Bitcoin in 2018. More →

Blockchain lender Figure wins $65m funding round. More →

Fidelity buys $1.9m stake in Coinmetrics onchain analytics. More →

California issues bill comparable to New York Bitlicense to regulate all crypto businesses. More →

Federal prosecutors charge My Big Coin founder with fraud over gold-backed crypto. More →

Facebook execs touting in-house cryptocurrency to exchanges, insider reports. More →

Paraguay

Bitfury joins project to build world’s largest crypto-mining farm. More →

Venezuela

State publishes articles of legislation for crypto-assets. More →

Embattled government imposes monthly limits on crypto remittance payments. More →

Petro national cryptocurrency linked to money-laundering scandal. More →

 

Middle East & North Africa

Bahrain

28 blockchain firms win right to join regulatory sandbox. More →

Central Bank of Bahrain issues finalised rulebook on cryptoassets, insurance, custody wallets. More →

Rain cryptocurrency exchange graduates sandbox, wins Sharia compliance certificate. More →

Iran

State launches Paymon gold-backed cryptocurrency. More →

Israel

Court hears Sirin Labs founder claim investors have zero ownership rights as whitepapers are ‘descriptive only’. More →

Oman

Sultanate’s second-largest bank joins RippleNet to use xCurrent. More →

Saudi Arabia

Joint Saudi-UAE crypto Aber will be trialled in national banks, countries confirm. More →

Largest ATM provider launches blockchain ATMs. More →

United Arab Emirates

Bithumb announces launch of fiat-to-crypto exchange. More →

 

South Asia

India

Cryptocurrency racketeering gang amasses $14m before arrest. More →

Supreme Court sets 4 week deadline for state to deliver long-delayed cryptocurrency regulation. More →

India’s Silicon Valley Bengalaru tops crypto industry jobs growth. More →

 

East Asia & the Pacific

Australia

AUSTRAC financial intelligence agency recognises 246th cryptocurrency exchange. More →

Australia Securities and Investment Commission fine Byte Power exchange for ‘irregularities’. More →

AUSTRAC trialling blockchain to automate international fund transfers. More →

Huobi Australia subsidiary drops fiat-to-crypto trading, citing ‘crypto winter’ slump. More →

Hong Kong

CoinFLEX exchange adds physically delivered crypto futures. More →

Indonesia

Commodity Futures Regulatory Trading Association legalises cryptocurrency as tradable asset. More →

Japan

SBI bank Virtual Currency order book opening in March 2019 to trade yen for XRP, others. More →

Financial Services Agency finds cryptocurrency-related enquiries drop. More →

Economic Alliance asks Financial Services Agency to reduce crypto taxes. More →

Bank of Japan stokes anticipation with Central Bank Digital Currencies report. More →

E-commerce giant Rakuten hints at crypto acceptance in Pay app earnings report. More →

Overbit exchange claims country first as precious metals trades enabled with Bitcoin. More →

US Chamber of Digital Commerce recommends national, not state-led blockchain framework. More →

Mizuno bank to follow JPM with stablecoin in March 2019. More →

Money laundering with cryptocurrency on the rise, authorities say. More →

Malaysia

Digital asset trading framework puts crypto on par with equity crowdfunding, p2p lending. More →

New Zealand

Hacked Cryptopia exchange admits 9.4% of assets stolen. More →

Phillippines

Union bank launches fiat-crypto-fiat ATM. More →

Singapore

Foreign nationals gain majority stake in ABCC exchange. More →

Sovereign wealth fund GIC revealed as Coinbase Series E early investor. More →

South Korea

Virtual Currency Task Force decides not to lift ban on ICOs. More →

OKCoin, Coinlink exchanges fined for privacy violations. More →

Central Bank Digital Currencies may undermine commercial banks, says Bank of Korea. More →

US EFT decision will have wide ramifications for South Korea, report claims. More →

Huobi Korea strengthens AML protections. More →

$26m loss, founder theft bankrupts Coinbin exchange. More →

Blockchain linking firm forced to deny IPO plans, again. More →

Thailand

National Legislative Assembly greenlights tokenised securities. More →

Thai SEC adds LTC, BCH, ETC to approved trading pairs list. More →

 

Caribbean

Bermuda

First security token offering approved under new ICO Act. More →

Signature bank offers accounts to crypto startups. More →

 

Africa

Ghana

Securities and Exchange Commission regulator working on crypto-asset framework. More →

Kenya

Capital Markets Authority regulator confirms sandbox will not admit cryptocurrency firms. More →

Mauritius

Financial Services Commission to approve digital asset custody framework on 1 March 2019. More →

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