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U.S. man pleads guilty to defrauding virtual currency investors

Patrick McDonnell, who was first indicted earlier this year, has now pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud virtual currency investors, and faces up to 20 years in prison

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Finland's new crypto law does not extend to investor protection

The Finland Supervisory Authority has stated that even though it is now the registration and supervisory authority for virtual currency providers in Finland, the supervision does not extend to investor protection

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Virtual assets take centre stage at FATF forum

The Financial Action Task Force discussed virtual currency at its Private Sector Consultative Forum, focusing on the mapping of virtual asset services and business models, the measures applicable to virtual asset transfers and the implementation of specific FATF Recommendations in a virtual asset context

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US lawmakers urge IRS to issue crypto guidance

Twenty-one members of the US Congress have written to the US Internal Revenue Service, urging it to issue more robust guidance clarifying taxpayers’ obligations when using virtual currencies


Hong Kong financial services regulatory tracker – Q4 2018

The first edition of our Hong Kong financial services regulatory tracker summarizes the latest developments in Q4 2018, with highlights including some of the latest FinTech initiatives, the Securities and Futures Commission work on enforcement against money laundering and the UT Code 

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US man indicted for defrauding virtual currency investors

According to the nine-count indictment, Patrick McDonnell, the owner of CabbageTech Corp., has been charged with wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud investors in virtual currency

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Thai SEC updates list of cryptocurrencies eligible for investment in ICOs

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Thailand has said that bitcoin cash (BCH), ether classic (ETC) and litecoin (LTC) have been removed from the list of eligible cryptocurrencies

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US CFTC to discuss DLT and virtual currencies

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission will hear presentations and recommendations from its subcommittees on DLT and market infrastructure, virtual currencies, automated and modern trading markets and cyber security