October will be remembered as the month the EU took a massive leap forward in bringing a more consistent digital asset regulatory structure to the continent with the passing MiCA. 

We also saw several leading crypto exchanges score regulatory approvals globally; Crypto.com was awarded one in France, Pan-African crypto exchange Yellow Card was approved for a virtual asset license in Botswana, Binance was given permission to operate in Kazakhstan, while Coinbase and Blockchain.com both won licenses in Singapore. 

Other key regulatory developments from the tenth month of 2022 include reports that Hong Kong is relaxing its digital asset regulation to allow retail investors to trade crypto, and news that Tron has became legal tender in Dominica. 

Global

OECD releases framework to unify global crypto tax reporting. More

Ukraine, Indonesia, and Russia led crypto adoption in Q3: DappRadar. More

Interpol launches 'first-ever metaverse' designed for global law enforcement. More

IOSCO demands tighter scrutiny over 'finfluencers'. More

G20 to review crypto regulation framework More

FTX and Visa partner to permit crypto payments in 40 countries. More

SWIFT sets out blueprint for CBDC network. More

Binance to train law enforcement on how to stop crypto crime. More

Europe

EU’s landmark digital asset legislation passes committee vote in European Parliament. More

European Parliament members vote in favour of crypto and blockchain tax policies. More

EU’s Russian crypto ban confirmed as Bloc tightens sanctions. More

Gemini launches its crypto services in six European countries. More

EU Commissioner calls for industry recommendations on DeFi regulation. More

EU Commission seeks automated Ethereum DeFi monitoring. More

Europe set to roll out energy efficiency labels for blockchains. More

EU countries must be ready to block crypto mining, Commission says. More

EU financial authorities increase coordination in light of MiCA, says EBA chair. More

Moody's executives say new EU MiCA regulations could unleash stablecoin innovation. More

Coinbase-backed AML group expands into Europe. More

France

Crypto.com follows Binance into France, invests $145m in Paris HQ. More

Societe Generale's crypto division SG Forge secures registration with French regulator. More

Time’s running out for French crypto registration regime, regulator says. More

France to explore crypto tax treatment next year. More

French police use Crypto Twitter sleuth’s research to catch scammers. More

Germany

German crypto exchange Nuri shuts down. More

Alleged OneCoin ‘Cryptoqueen’ associates face charges in Germany. More

Ireland

Binance enhances European presence with new Ireland subsidiary. More

Norway

Norway prepares to reverse electricity tax cut for cryptocurrency miners. More

Portugal

Portugal's new budget draft includes crypto income tax. More

Russia

Dapper Labs explains why it's suspending Russian accounts. More

Kraken ceases services to Russians amid EU sanctions. More

MPs set to vote on mining bill that would let Russians pay cross-border with crypto. More

Russian stablecoin usage surged after Ukraine invasion: Chainalysis. More

Spain

Crypto banking platform BVNK wins registration in Spain. More

Sweden

Ripple builds new partnerships in France and Sweden. More

Turkey

Turkish authorities seize $40m of crypto in illegal gambling crackdown. More

UK

Crypto-friendly Rishi Sunak becomes UK Prime Minister following Truss exit. More

UK is now the largest crypto economy in Europe. More

UK shuts down temporary crypto company licensing program. More

FCA names new digital assets head. More

Crypto AML compliance head at FCA to step down in 2023. More

UK government includes new crypto amendment in finance regulation bill. More

UK lawmakers vote to recognise crypto as regulated financial instruments. More

UK wants to make it easier to seize crypto in terrorism cases. More

The UK has a new name for stablecoins and a new bill to regulate crypto: “Digital Settlement Assets” (DSA). More

UK passes bill that could see trade documents stored using blockchain. More

Americas

FTX targets Latin America with Visa debit card—with Europe and Asia next. More

Argentina

Argentina's state-owned energy company moves into crypto mining. More

Brazil

Brazilian police issue warrants against alleged leader of $767m crypto pyramid scheme. More

Over 12K Brazil companies declare crypto holdings in record high. More

Buffett-backed digital bank Nubank to launch its own cryptocurrency in Brazil. More

Tether USDT will be available from 24,000 ATMs across Brazil. More

Binance opens two new offices in Brazil as team doubles since March. More

Canada

Canadian self-regulatory agency approves first crypto-native investment dealer. More

More than 30% of Canadians plan to purchase crypto by 2024 — OSC head. More

El Salvador

El Salvador, Lugano sign agreement to help spread bitcoin adoption and education.

United States

US Treasury fines crypto exchange Bittrex $29m over years-long sanctions violations. More

US regulators probing bankrupt crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital. More

EU financial services chief calls on US to create new crypto rules. More

Gensler supports granting CFTC more power over spot markets. More

CFTC takes legal action against Digitex futures exchange and CEO. More

Justice Department revives probe into Tether over bank fraud. More

Coinbase backs Grayscale’s Bitcoin ETF lawsuit against SEC. More

Binance.US hires ex-FBI agent as first Head of Investigations. More

Senior U.S. regulators propose new legislation, increased rules around digital assets. More

US Chamber of Commerce rips SEC for denying proposed Grayscale bitcoin ETF.. More

IRS introduces broader ‘digital assets’ category ahead of 2022 tax year. More

CFTC’s regulation by enforcement needs to change, Commissioner says. More

State securities regulators move to shut down NFT scam tied to metaverse casino. More

Crypto lobbyist group Blockchain Association asks court for permission to support Ripple in court case against SEC. More

SEC accuses two firms of crypto pump-and-dump scheme. More

Sen. Warren calls for CFPB to tighten rules on Zelle and other peer-to-peer payments. More

Coinbase temporarily halts payments and withdrawals from US bank accounts. More

Yellen doubles down on call for more crypto enforcement. More

US charges Chinese intelligence officers for bribing government employee with bitcoin. More

Crypto think tank Coin Center sues US Treasury over Tornado Cash sanctions. More

Gensler: SEC sees 'centralisation' in crypto markets. More

Stablecoin issuers should be subject to regulatory oversight, says FDIC chairman. More

SEC hands over key documents in case against Ripple. More

US acting comptroller urges not to rush crypto regulation. More

US alleges five Russian nationals used crypto as part of sanctions evasion, smuggling scheme. More

Janet Yellen stresses need for CBDC. More

FTX US under investigation by Texas regulator over securities allegations. More

FTX's Sam Bankman-Fried backtracks on $1bn political donation. More

Stablecoins add 'novel vulnerabilities' to crypto: NY Fed. More

US officials charge California resident with using using Bitcoin to launder $5.3m in drug proceeds. More

Nasdaq needs clear regulations before launching crypto exchange, says VP. More

SEC cracks down on multimillion crypto ponzi targeting Latino investors. More

Caribbean

Dominica

TRON becomes legal tender in Dominica. More

Middle East & North Africa

MENA emerges as world's fastest-growing crypto adopter -study. More

Binance sees 49% YTD rise in new users in MENA region. More

Afghanistan

The Taliban crushed Afghanistan’s crypto market, study says. More

Iran

Bitcoin advocate Ziya Sadr arrested by Iranian security forces. More

Israel

Israel's government and Tel Aviv stock exchange preparing to issue digital state bond. More

Saudi Arabia

Crypto transactions almost triple in Saudi, year on year. More

UAE

Crypto investment firm Q9 gets provisional approval to operate in Dubai. More

South Korea says report Do Kwon transited via Dubai ‘not false’. More

Middle East gets physical Bitcoin ETP listed on Nasdaq Dubai. More

UAE crypto market expected to grow 10-fold: report. More

Multiverse Labs launches government-backed metaverse city in UAE. More

Venom Foundation obtains ADGM licence. More

South Asia

India

India’s central bank outlines digital rupee CBDC plans. More

India's central bank to start wholesale CBDC pilot during November. More

India seeing spike in drug smuggling using crypto, home minister say. More

India aims to develop crypto SOPs during G20 presidency, says finance minister. More

Police complaints in this Indian district are going on the Polygon blockchain. More

Kazakhstan

Crypto exchange Binance receives license to operate in Kazakhstan. More

Kazakhstan among top three Bitcoin mining destinations after US and China. More

Kazakhstan to test national digital currency on BNB Chain, Binance CEO Zhao says. More

Russian users are welcomed by crypto exchanges in Kazakhstan, but there’s a catch. More

Kazakhstan legislature pushes new crypto rules forward: report. More

Uzbekistan

Uzbeki police get 'how to seize crypto' training from UN security org. More

Uzbekistan introduces monthly fees for cryptocurrency companies. More

East Asia & Pacific

Asia’s crypto craze spurs swath of fund launches. More

Australia

Coinbase incorporates in Australia, expands offerings for retail customers. More

Australia confirms crypto transactions will be subject to capital gains tax. More

Australian markets regulator sues promoter of crypto token Qoin. More

Aussie laundered stolen retirement funds via Hong Kong using crypto, diamonds. More

China

Privacy protection a top issue for digital yuan: China's central bank governor. More

Chinese 'spies' used Wasabi Wallet to try to conceal bitcoin bribes, Elliptic says. More

Hong Kong

Hong Kong to explore legalising retail crypto trades. More

Hong Kong to conduct public consultation on retail crypto trading, ETFs. More

SBF thinks Hong Kong could become the Web3 hub of Asia. More

Hong Kong unveils completed retail CBDC project that has a CBDC-backed stablecoin. More

Japan

Japan greenlights tougher AML for crypto. More

Japanese prime minister says gov't investment in digital transformation will include Metaverse, NFTs. More

Singapore

Blockchain.com wins Singapore license. More

Coinbase gets Singapore digital payment token license. More

Monetary Authority of Singapore completes phase 1 of CBDC project, with more trials to come. More

Terra co-founder Do Kwon faces $57m lawsuit in Singapore. More

Singapore MAS proposes to ban cryptocurrency credits. More

MAS reminds cryptocurrency exchanges in Singapore to comply with sanctions against Russia. More

Interpol team based in Singapore to help countries combat crypto crime. More

Singapore official says some crypto activities aren’t regulated. More

Singapore suggests blockchain to speed cross-border payments. More

Singapore’s central bank says illegal crypto operations will be hunted down. More

New Zealand

Binance registers in New Zealand. More

North Korea

North Korea’s Lazarus Group attacks Japanese crypto firms, police say. More

Philippines

Philippines places second in the Global Crypto Adoption Index. More

Future of blockchain adoption in the Philippines discussed at inaugural Philippine Fintech Festival. More

South Korea

South Korea to roll out blockchain-based identity. More

Terra’s Yoo Mo arrested in South Korea. More

Do Kwon denies report that South Korean prosecutors froze $39.6m of his crypto. More

Is crypto money? A South Korean court says no. More

South Korea seeks software to track US$7.2B in illegal crypto. More

Former Bithumb Chairman may face eight tears in prison for alleged $70m fraud. More

Thailand

5,000 miles apart: Thailand and Hungary to jointly explore blockchain tech. More

Thai SEC to prosecute Bitkub and four others in alleged wash trading case. More

New Zealand

Vietnam

Vietnam leads the world in retail crypto adoption. More

Vietnam's PM says country needs to regulate crypto. More

Africa

Africa crypto transactions increase despite bear market. More

Botswana

Yellow Card gets first crypto license in Botswana. More

Nigeria

Nigerians’ passion for crypto is stopping short at the eNaira. More

Nigerian presidential hopeful's party says It will review country's blockchain policy if elected. More

South Africa

South Africa declares crypto to be a financial product subject to financial services law. More

South African crypto landscape primed for TradFi growth after FSCA ruling. More

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