September Regulator Roundup

100+ regulation and policy updates from the month of September

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September saw Evergrande fears filter into the crypto world, El Salvador became the first country in the world where Bitcoin is legal tender, China prohibit all digital asset transactions, Europe emerge as largest crypto economy and Ukraine become the latest country to legalise cryptocurrencies.

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Global

Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa launch joint CBDC pilot. More

IMF says crypto boom poses challenges to financial stability. More

BIS wants central banks to move faster with CBDC amid looming stablecoin pressure. More

Visa develops interoperability concept for central bank digital currency payments. More

Europe

EU

SEC chair Gensler reaches out to European Parliament on crypto regulation. More

Chainalysis: Europe becomes largest crypto economy with over $1T in transactions. More

Belarus

Belarus president calls on citizens to mine crypto. More

France

French regulator warns against unauthorised crypto platforms. More

Société Générale proposes historic $20m DAI loan in exchange for bond tokens. More

Germany

Europe’s largest stock exchange to list TRON exchange-traded notes. More

Deutsche Boerse launches Solana and Polkadot ETNs by VanEck. More

Gibraltar

FTX subsidiaries receive crypto licenses in Gibraltar and the Bahamas. More

Russia

Russian pyramid scheme netted over $1.5bn in bitcoin throughout Eastern Europe, says Chainalysis. More

Survey: Bitcoin is superior to gold according to 77% of Russian investors. More

Former chief of Russia’s Wex crypto exchange arrested in Poland. More

Bank of Russia wants to block ‘emotional’ and suspicious crypto activity. More

Russia not ready to accept Bitcoin as legal tender, says Kremlin. More

Russian Duma wants to regulate crypto mining as business. More

Spain

Spain’s football league seals digital player card deal with Sorare. More

Switzerland

SIX receives approval from Swiss regulator to operate digital securities market. More

First cryptocurrency fund approved in Switzerland. More

Turkey

Turkey central bank turns to local tech sector for CBDC research. More

UK

FCA chair calls for greater powers to regulate crypto promotions. More

British Post Office app to sell Bitcoin vouchers next week. More

BoE unveils CBDC forum members, including reps From Asos, PayPal and Spotify. More

UK customers can now buy and sell crypto on PayPal. More

Warning over ‘dramatic’ spike in UK scams amid crypto fraud. More

CoinJar Secures UK FCA registration, advocates for license in Australia. More

Ukraine

Ukraine passes legislation to recognise and regulate crypto. More

Ukraine joins the comity of crypto-friendly nations with new regulation. More

Ukraine’s central bank seeks to hire a blockchain developer, job posting reveals. More

Americas

Brazil

Major Brazilian bank BTG Pactual to offer investment options in bitcoin and ether. More

Brazil aims to tighten penalties for crypto-related financial crimes. More

Canada

Canadian politician says he supports bitcoin as federal election looms. More

Canada gets its first BTC and ETH multi-crypto ETF. More

Cuba

Cuba’s crypto regulations take effect. More

El Salvador

El Salvador launches Chivo wallet as bitcoin becomes legal tender. More

Protesters burn Bitcoin ATM as part of demonstration against El Salvador president. More

El Salvador purchases first 200 BTC, President Bukele confirms. More

El Salvador’s largest bank will support Bitcoin for loans, credit cards and other services. More

El Salvador exempts foreign investors from tax on bitcoin gains. More

El Salvador president teases geothermal Bitcoin mining farm. More

El Salvador buys 150 more bitcoins, worth $6.8m. More

Nayib Bukele: Chivo bitcoin wallet has now more active users than any Salvadorian bank. More

United States

Cryptocurrencies now recognised under commercial law in Texas. More

Three years later, the SEC files charges against BitConnect, its founder, and top US promoter. More

Binance US targets IPO in the next three years, says Changpeng Zhao. More

SEC gains access to Ripple’s Slack, email conversations. More

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says ‘crypto is the new ‘shadow bank’. More

SEC wants to sue Coinbase over planned lending service. More

Brian Armstrong responds to SEC threats to shut down Coinbase yield product. More

SEC charges Rivetz over $18m ICO, seeks the return of ‘ill-gotten gains’. More

Three Grayscale digital asset trusts have become SEC-reporting companies. More

Survey: One in every four Americans in favour of legalising Bitcoin in the US. More

Elizabeth Warren and Gary Gensler place Coinbase in oversight crosshairs. More

President Biden announces picks to fill CFTC vacancies. More

SEC takes action against Chinese billionaire’s companies for unregistered ICO and IPO. More

Alabama’s securities regulator is scrutinising crypto lender Celsius. More

Kentucky regulator orders Celsius to stop offering crypto accounts. More

Sen. Toomey says China’s latest crypto moves represent ‘a big opportunity’ for the US. More

CFTC’s Berkovitz to become top lawyer at SEC. More

American CryptoFed DAO seeks US SEC consent for stable utility tokens. More

Pro-crypto senator Lummis thinks stablecoins should face audits. More

CFTC hits Kraken with $1.25m in fines over alleged illegal offering. More

Crypto tax ‘a top enforcement priority,’ reminds IRS Commissioner. More

CFTC charges 12 New York crypto options businesses with failing to register. More

SEC pushes deadlines on four bitcoin ETF applications to late 2021. More

SEC chair compares stablecoins to casino poker chips. More

Caribbean

Bahamas

FTX moves headquarters from Hong Kong to Bahamas. More

 

Middle East & North Africa

Iran

Tehran Stock Exchange CEO resigns following discovery of Bitcoin miners in basement. More

UAE

UAE regulators approve crypto trading in Dubai free zone. More

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan has no plans to ease crypto payments ban, says official. More

South Asia

Asian central bank digital currency test cut cross-border transfer times ‘from days to seconds’. More

Bhutan

Ripple to pilot Bhutan’s CBDC using private ledger. More

India

Global crypto exchange CrossTower enters India despite policy uncertainty. More

India looking to tax cryptocurrency trades and ecosystem in the country. More

Tajikistan

Tajikistan Bank partners with Fantom to build CBDC solution. More

East Asia & Pacific

Australia

Crypto fund manager sentenced to 7 years for stealing $54m from investors. More

Binance stops futures and options trading in Australia amid regulatory concerns. More

China

China’s Inner Mongolia hires contractor to search for illegal crypto mining. More

China expands crackdown by declaring all crypto activities illegal. More

Ethereum’s second-largest mining pool to shut down on Sept 30 amid China regulatory pressure. More

Leading crypto mining machine maker Bitmain said to halt sales in China. More

Hong Kong

Hong Kong-based crypto unicorn Amber Group eyes US listing: report. More

Huobi to cease all mainland China user accounts. More

Japan

SBI reportedly looks to launch crypto fund in Japan by December. More

New Zealand

New Zealand central bank releases issue paper on digital currency. More

North Korea

Ethereum dev Virgil Griffith pleads guilty on North Korea sanctions charge. More

Singapore

Binance.com placed on investor alert list by Singapore regulator. More

Binance limits offering for Singapore customers. More

DBS Bank’s brokerage arm receives license from Singapore regulator. More

South Korea

Bybit crypto exchange suspends services in South Korea. More

Thailand

The SEC is reportedly investigating Uniswap Labs. More

Thai SEC issues license to Ethereum-based real estate project. More

Vietnam

Crypto mining demand soars in Vietnam amid Bitcoin rally. More

Africa

Chainalysis: Crypto adoption in Africa surged 1,200% in 2021. More

Ghana

Bank of Ghana to pilot CBDC with German securities printing firm G+D. More

Kenya

Kenyans lead the world in peer to peer crypto trade. More

Nigeria

Nigeria’s securities regulator establishes fintech unit to study crypto. More

Nigeria CBDC website goes live as October launch draws near. More

South Africa

Binance pushes back against warning from South Africa regulator. More

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