Australian Government to Help Fund Trade Mission to CoinDesk Consensus

news Australia’s government has committed AU$100,000 (US$71,139) funding for a blockchain industry trade mission to CoinDesk’s Consensus event in May. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews and Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham jointly announced Monday that the federal government funding is aimed to help Australia become “a global leader” in the…

Wyoming Lawmakers Pass Three Bills in Boost for State’s Crypto Industry

news The U.S. state of Wyoming has passed several bills aimed to make the state a top destination for cryptocurrency and blockchain businesses. The Wyoming House of Representatives approved bill SF0125 last week, which recognizes digital assets as property and clears the way for banks to act as crypto custodians. The bill passed a House vote 54-2 and…

Germany Seeking Industry Feedback for National Blockchain Strategy

news The German government is seeking industry feedback ahead of developing the country’s blockchain strategy by the summer. A Reuters report on Monday, citing anonymous government sources, said that companies and industry groups “that could become stakeholders in a blockchain deployment process” have been invited to provide recommendations on the strategy. Whether proposed recommendations would…

Oceans Apart: Crypto Regulation in the US and EU

feature Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and member of CoinDesk’s product team. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a newsletter for the institutional market, with news and views on crypto infrastructure delivered every Tuesday. Sign up here. ————————–————————–————————–————————–————————–————————– Spare a thought for the financial regulators: the American ones, with no paycheck…

Venezuela Calls US Sanctions Against Its Petro Cryptocurrency ‘Discriminatory’

news Venezuela is pushing back against U.S. sanctions before the World Trade Organization, including ones imposed against its controversial cryptocurrency efforts. The complaint, filed late last month and published this week, addresses a number of actions taken by the U.S. in recent years, claims that the country is infringing on Venezuela’s rights under the General…

Stablecoin Issuers May Need Licenses in Texas, Unlike Most Crypto Startups

news Stablecoins may qualify as “money” under Texas law, according to updated guidance from the state Department of Banking. A memo published Wednesday by Texas Banking Commissioner Charles Cooper outlines how cryptocurrencies are to be treated under local and federal regulations, in particular adding details of how stablecoins backed by sovereign, or fiat, currencies may…

The Cost of Not Engaging Regulators

opinion Zachary Fallon and James Blakemore are securities law attorneys who lead Ketsal Consulting, a strategic advisory firm focused on blockchain compliance. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  If the top cryptocurrency story of 2018 was the arrival of winter, a close and inextricably intertwined second was regulatory oversight. The regulators are…