Tag Archives: AML

OECD Calls for ‘Delicate Balance’ in Global ICO Regulation

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has stated that global regulators should work together to facilitate the development of initial coin offerings (ICOs), according to a report released Jan. 15. The document calls for regulatory clarity and a supervisory framework for ICOs, defining such moves as “a stepping stone to their safer use for financing purposes.”… Read More »

Crypto Is Tightening Up Its Anti-Money Laundering Game, While Banks Are Still Being Fined for Non-Compliance

In 2018, barely a month passed without an official at a financial institution or government department calling on crypto to clean up its act. In the last quarter of the year alone, the United States Department of the Treasury, the Canadian Parliament and the Russian Federal Financial Monitoring Service all urged or announced the introduction of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) laws for cryptocurrencies, and… Read More »

Irish Gov’t Approves Anti-Money Laundering Bill Affecting Cryptocurrency

The Cabinet, the executive organ of the government of Ireland, has approved a bill that would give effect to the European Union (EU) Fifth Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Directive, the Irish Times reported Jan. 3. The directive — which came into force on July 9, 2018 — sets a new legal framework for European financial watchdogs to regulate digital… Read More »

Another Plus One For Crypto: Morgan Stanley Fined For Failing to Detect Money Laundering

Major banks are often spewing anti-crypto rhetoric over its potential to be used for money laundering. So it is a little ironic when one of the world’s largest banks gets fined for not doing enough to prevent or detect it.$10 Million Fine For Morgan StanleyAn article in the Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that Morgan Stanley had been… Read More »

US Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Impose Sanctions on Iranian National Cryptocurrency

United States lawmakers have introduced a bill to levy further sanctions on Iranian financial institutions and the development and use of the national digital currency. HR 7321 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Gallagher on Dec. 17. In a bid to combat money laundering and terrorism-related activities, the “Blocking Iran Illicit Finance Act” calls… Read More »

Bermuda Financial Regulator Releases Draft Regulation for Crypto Custodial Services

Bermuda’s financial regulator has released draft regulation for crypto custodial services, according to an official press release issued on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The Bermuda Monetary Authority’s (BMA) draft regulatory document, entitled “Digital Asset Custody Code of Practice,” seeks to clarify the regulator’s stance on crypto custodial services in Bermuda and to protect clients’ assets. The document provides a… Read More »

Swiss Federal Council: Existing Financial Law Should Be Adjusted to Blockchain Industry

The Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat) has said that existing financial law in the country suits the blockchain industry, but needs specific adjustments. The government suggested several amendments in an official statement by the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) published on Friday, Dec. 14. In a meeting on Dec. 7, the Bundesrat adopted a report on the legal framework… Read More »

Dutch Central Bank Proposes License Requirement for Cryptocurrency Service Providers

Cryptocurrency service providers will soon be required to obtain a license from the central bank of the Netherlands, major Dutch news outlet DeTelegraaf reports Dec. 11. The article explains that the measure has been undertaken hoping that it will “prevent such cryptocurrencies being used to launder money obtained through crime or to fund terrorism.” To qualify for a… Read More »

UK Crypto Exchanges Pose Low Money Laundering Risk, Says Global Watchdog

Cryptocurrency exchanges in the U.K. present a “low risk” for money laundering and terrorist financing activities, according to a report published last week by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global anti-money laundering policymaker. The report states that while such activities are an “emerging risk,” there is not enough evidence yet to suggest that they are occurring through crypto… Read More »

Financial Action Task Force Urges UK to Improve AML Activities in Cryptocurrency Sector

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental financial security body, has demanded the United Kingdom step up its cryptocurrency monitoring. According to a new report released Dec. 7, the country needs increased measures to prevent money laundering and combat terrorist financing (CFT). As part of its dedicated “mutual evaluation” on the U.K.’s Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and CFT… Read More »