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Mergers and acquisitions are rising, leaving crypto assessments in question

Fintech, cryptocurrency and mergers and acquisitions are poised to intersect significantly in the coming year. M&A activity is expected to rebound quickly — more than 60% of decision-makers at large companies who were surveyed by FTI Consulting for a February report agree that their company has recently been a target of aggressive M&A, and 39% …

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How banks can identify money laundering involving crypto, explained

Following the money laundering red flag indicator guidelines set out by the FATF is a good place to start. Red flag indicators related to transactions can involve payments that are made in small amounts, or in repeated quantities that fall under a reporting threshold. Alarm bells can also be raised if funds are sent to …

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Bank of International Settlements Chief Says Cryptocurrencies Being Used to Evade Laws- Advocates for More Regulation

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>Agustin Carstens, the general manager at the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), has claimed that cryptocurrencies are “used to evade laws and should therefore face more regulation.” Carstens, who has attacked bitcoin in the past, suggests that many crypto assets are “used to do some arbitrage, or to circumvent some regulations.”</strong> Carstens …

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New FATF Guidance Applies Regulatory Standards to Decentralized Exchanges, Defi and NFTs

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>On March 19, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published draft guidance on the risk-based approach to virtual assets. The newly updated guidance now applies anti-money laundering and know-your-customer rules to stablecoins, decentralized finance (defi), and non-fungible token (NFT) assets.</strong> FATF Defines Decentralized Exchanges and Defi as a Virtual Asset Service Providers …

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CZ responds to reports of Binance investigation: story has no “teeth”

Shortly after a Bloomberg report on Friday that cryptocurrency exchange Binance was under investigation for permitting US residents to place unlawful trades, Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao (better known as CZ) dismissed the reports during a live AMA on Clubhouse, saying that the report had “no teeth.”  “This is a topic that just came …

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Korean crypto exchanges could soon face fines for gaps in due diligence measures

South Korean crypto exchanges that don’t take extensive data collection and identity verification measures could soon be subject to heavy fines.  According to an official announcement Wednesday, South Korea’s Financial Services Commission has come up with a revised proposal for the regulation of virtual assets service providers, or VASPs. The proposal introduces new VASP penalty …

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Law Decoded: Closing remarks on the future of crypto law, March 5

Editor’s note Ladies and gentlemen, it is bittersweet to welcome you to the final installment of Law Decoded, at least with yours truly at the helm. Though someone may pick this newsletter back up at some point, there are no plans to do so now. Taking advantage of the rose-tinted glasses or maybe the graduation …

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US federal regulators set new expectations for stablecoin issuers

A group of leading U.S. financial regulators has released a new statement on stablecoins. One of the headlining topics of crypto regulation news this year, stablecoins were the main topic of a Dec. 23 statement the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, or PWG. The PWG includes representation from the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, the Securities …

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Law Decoded: The war of the wallets, 12/4–12/11

Every Friday, Law Decoded delivers analysis on the week’s critical stories in the realms of policy, regulation and law. Editor’s note Last week’s Law Decoded sounded the alarm on threats to self-custodial wallets in the U.S. in particular. While such concerns have continued to take shape, nothing concrete has emerged from the U.S. Treasury, which …

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