Regulatory announcements came thick and fast in July!

As South Africa prepares to regulate crypto as a financial asset, the UK also came forward with plans to regulate stablecoins through an extension of banking and payment regulation.

Elsewhere, South Korea postponed its 20% tax on crypto to 2025, while Italy awarded regulatory approvals to Coinbase, Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

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Global

Korea and US agree to share investigation data on Terra. More

G20 regulator to present global crypto rules in October 2022. More

IMF says crypto sell-off won’t hit financial market. More

G20 report: CBDC for cross border payments highlights challenges. More

Europe

Europe regulator warns of ‘cautionary lesson’ from crypto crash. MoreECB issues three reports in effort to pass biggest crypto law in Europe. MoreAndorraAndorra green lights Bitcoin and Blockchain with Digital Assets Act. MoreDenmarkDenmark questions CBDC function as trust anchor for digital money. MoreFinlandFinland to donate $47m from sale proceedings of Bitcoin to aid Ukraine. More

France

France starts second stage of wholesale CBDC experiments, Central Bank Governor says. More

French MEP asks regulator to justify Binance approval, cites Reuters report. More

Germany

CoinShares launches staked Algorand ETP on Deutsche Boerse Xetra. More

Italy

Crypto.com secures regulatory license in Italy. More

Bitstamp lands regulatory approval to offer crypto services in Italy. More

Coinbase secures regulatory approval in Italy. More

Italian government will provide $46m in subsidies for blockchain projects. More

Ireland

Gemini receives virtual asset service provider license in Ireland. More

Netherlands

Binance fined $3m over illegal operations in the Netherlands. More

North Macedonia

North Macedonia progressively expanding bitcoin mining. More

Russia

Vladimir Putin signs bill banning digital assets as payments into law. More

Russians banned from accessing Bitmex within European Union. More

Bank of Russia opposes private stablecoins in the country. More

Russia’s biggest bank executes first digital asset transaction on its blockchain platform. More

Spain

Bank of Spain includes Binance in its crypto registry. More

Sweden

Sweden averse to Bitcoin mining amid rapid rise in energy demand. More

Switzerland

FSB calls for parity in crypto market regulation. More

State-owned Swiss bank Postfinance to offer clients direct access to crypto market. More

Ukraine

Pro-Russia military groups in Ukraine got $2.2m in crypto donations, Chainalysis says. More

UK

UK financial markets bill authorises regulation of stablecoins, service providers. More

Treasury launches inquiry to determine future of crypto in the UK. More

Hong Kong regulator Ashley Alder to head UK financial supervisor. More

UK Foreign Office criticized over North Korea crypto conference organizer’s detention in Saudi Arabia. More

UK court allows lawsuit to be delivered via NFT. More

UK, US eye central bank digital currencies and stablecoins in London meeting. More

Government funded Millicent tests UK synthetic CBDC. More

UK regulator appoints new digital assets director to oversee crypto. More

UK government seeks public input on DeFi taxation. More

Americas

Half of Latin Americans have used cryptocurrencies, Mastercard survey shows. More

Brazil

Brazil creates crypto-dedicated investigation unit. More

Brazilian congress postpones Crypto bill vote until after October presidential elections. More

Brazil police raids gang allegedly using crypto to launder illegal gold mining. More

El Salvador

‘Thank you for selling cheap’: El Salvador’s Bitcoin-mad president adds 80 more coins at $19K each. MoreEl Salvador seeks to allay default fears with sovereign bond buyback. MoreEl Salvador’s Bitcoin wallet Chivo scores $52M in remittances in 2022. MoreMexicoBrazilian crypto exchange Mercado Bitcoin to reportedly launch operations in Mexico this year. MoreSenator Indira Kempis proposes bill to make bitcoin legal tender in Mexico. MoreParaguayParaguayan senate passes bill regulating crypto mining and trading. MoreParaguay’s crypto framework one step away from becoming law. More

United States

Coinbase denies selling customer data to US federal agencies. More

Ethics watchdog bars US government employees from writing crypto policy if invested. More

The SEC is investigating Coinbase over its coin listings. More

US crypto regulation bill aims to bring greater clarity to DAOs. More

Schwab Asset Management to list crypto ETF on NYSE. More

Toomey calls for answers on crypto enforcement approach in letter to SEC. More

Crypto CEO who faked PayPal partnership pleads guilty for $21m fraud. More

CFTC will remodel LabCFTC, education office to increase regulatory efficiency. More

US Senators push bill to make small crypto transactions tax-free. More

US CFTC to intensify crypto work with tech innovation office. More

Credit unions warn about the cost of developing a CBDC. More

US calls of extradition request for BTC-e operators Alexander Vinnik. More

SEC lists nine crypto tokens as securities following Coinbase insider trading charges. More

US authorities arrest former Coinbase manager, alleging insider crypto trading. More

Crypto market crash gives regulation ‘more urgency,’ Sen. Gillibrand says. More

House, Senate Democrats push regulators to demand data from Bitcoin miners. More

CFTC flags 34 crypto and forex trading desks as unregistered foreign entities. More

Crypto miners in Texas shut down operations as state experiences extreme heat wave. More

Suing SEC is a possibility, Bitwise Chief Compliance Officer says. More

‘Cryptoqueen’ Ruja Ignatova makes FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. More

VanEck files fresh spot Bitcoin ETF application. More

Treasury suggests U.S. companies could lead in developing new CBDC global infrastructure. More

Caribbean

Bermuda

Canadian authorities issue warning against Bermuda insurer. More

 

Middle East & North Africa

Iran

Binance continued Iranian operations despite sanctions, Reuters says. More

Israel

Israel’s regulator teases comprehensive crypto framework at ICC. More

Israel puts the brakes on cash to spur digital payments. More

Qatar

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund explores blockchain investment opportunities. More

UAE

FTX wins full approval to operate crypto exchange in Dubai. More

Dubai’s metaverse strategy plans to add $4bn to economy by 2027. More

Dubai to ramp up metaverse efforts with 40,000 new jobs. More

OKX wins license in Dubai, plans to advance regulatory dialogue. More

South Asia

India

India’s crypto lobby group has been abruptly shut down, a member confirms. More

Trading dries up on India crypto exchanges as new tax kicks in. More

India’s central bank calls for cryptocurrency ban. More

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s new law imposes higher tax rates on crypto miners. More

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s central bank warns about crypto amid severe economic, political crisis. More

East Asia & Pacific

Australia

Aussie FPA supports ‘crypto rule book’ and regulation of exchanges. More

China

Chinese government to integrate crypto, NFT, in its digital economy. More

Chinese CBDC should not be as anonymous as cash, says PBoC official. More

Tether says there is no Chinese commercial paper among its reserves. More

Binance CEO raises alarm on Chinese data breach. More

Hong Kong

‘Crypto and DeFi won’t disappear’: Hong Kong monetary chief. More

Indonesia

Bank Indonesia’s governor says wholesale CBDC design ready by end of 2022. More

Japan

Japan’s Ministry of Economy launches Web3 policy office to develop the country’s Web3 business framework. More

Singapore

Crypto platform Zipmex files for bankruptcy protection in Singapore. More

Singapore’s financial watchdog pushes back against Terra and 3AC associations. More

Philippines

SEC Philippines to investigate Binance over alleged illegal operations. More

South Korea

FTX in talks to buy South Korean crypto exchange Bithumb. More

South Korea postpones 20% tax on crypto gains to 2025. More

Korean prosecutors raid crypto exchanges in Terra probe. More

Taiwan

Buying crypto with credit cards is now indirectly banned in Taiwan. More

Thailand

Cryptoasset platforms to face stricter rules in Thailand. MoreThai crypto regulations hindering SCB’s Bitkub stake purchase. MoreThailand Post issues country’s first crypto stamps. More

Africa

Board urges Bank of Central African States to introduce common digital currency. More

Central African Republic

Central African Republic launches national cryptocurrency called ‘Sango Coin’. More

Central African Republic set to launch Sango bitcoin sidechain. More

Kenya

Kenya has highest proportion of crypto owning citizens in Africa, UNCTAD data shows.

Nigeria

Nigeria SEC: We have the best Bitcoin regulations in Africa. More

Nigerian Central Bank: Crypto has changed functioning of the global financial sector. More

Nigerians run to crypto amid falling naira, Bitcoin P2P trading surge by 258% in 7 days. More

South Africa

South Africa to x crypto as financial asset. More

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