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New guidelines push to support Swiss blockchain ecosystem

The Crypto Valley Association (CVA), a non-profit supporting the blockchain ecosystem in Switzerland, today welcomed the issuance of new guidance from the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) to its members, regarding the treatment of blockchain-based companies…

Texas Securities Board targets Russian crypto hoaxers, offshore crypto “bank”

It was announced today by Texas Securities Commissioner Travis J. Iles, that he has undertaken emergency action to stop the fraudulent offerings of investments in three separate schemes involving cryptocurrencies. Commissioner Iles entered separate emergency cease and…

PrimaBlock reveals it uses API from KYC3 for KYC compliance and due diligence

PrimaBlock, a blockchain platform for Ethereum crowdfunding revealed today that it uses a third-party API for its internal Know your custome (KYC) process provided by its partner KYC3, a compliance and due diligence company trusted by Europeans banks…

Vestigo Ventures leads $1.5 million round for crypto tax software ZenLedger

Vestigo Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investments in fintech companies, announced today that it led a $1.5 million financing round for ZenLedger, a provider of software for cryptocurrency investors and their accountants. Seattle-based ZenLedger…

Blockchain startup Smart Valor accepted as financial intermediary by Swiss SRO

Smart Valor, a Swiss-based blockchain startup, announced that, following acceptance as a financial intermediary by an SRO in Switzerland, it will be launching the Valor Platform in Q4 2018. The VALOR Platform will be a first global…

IDnow launches AI-powered ID verification service

IDnow, a provider of KYC and electronic signing solutions today launched the next generation of its identity verification-as-a-service platform that will enable companies to verify the identities of more than 7 billion potential customers online, easily and…

Bitcoin wallet app company Wirex granted UK e-money license

Wirex Limited, the company behind popular bitcoin and cryptocurrency wallet platform Wirex announced today they have been granted an e-money license by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The license helps reassure users that Wirex is trustworthy…

Equibit opens new office in Switzerland’s “Crypto Valley”

Equibit, a company applying blockchain technology to establish peer-to-peer equity and debt marketplaces, announced its new office opening in Zug, Switzerland, also known as “Crypto Valley.” The Swiss city has an established track record for being an…

Gemini, Bitstamp, Bittrex and bitFlyer join Virtual Commodity Association (VCA) working group

Bitcoin exchanges Gemini, Bitstamp, Bittrex and bitFlyer today announced they have joined the Virtual Commodity Association (VCA) working group. Gemini, released the initial proposal back in March 2018, for an industry-sponsored, self-regulatory organization (SRO) concerning the U.S. virtual currency industry,…

Startup crypto exchange Archax to partner with Custom House for KYC/AML checks

Archax, an upcoming institutional-grade crypto exchange, today announced a partnership with Custom House Global Fund Services to perform Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti Money Laundering (AML) checks on firms and professional investors wishing to join and…

BiteBTC seeks new jurisdiction after Singapore disapproves verification methods

BiteBTC, a recently launched bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange that operates transparently from Singapore has announced that they are seeking to change their jurisdiction. The BiteBTC team said that it has spent the last few months in empty…

Stellar obtains Sharia certification for payments and blockchain asset tokenization

Today, Stellar announced it has obtained a Sharia compliance certification for the Stellar technology and network. The Shariyah Review Board (SRB), a leading international Sharia advisory agency licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain, has reviewed the…

New York grants BitLicense to bitcoin payments company BitPay

New York State Financial Services Superintendent Maria T. Vullo today announced that the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has approved the application of BitPay, Inc. for a virtual currency license. BitPay is authorized to offer…

Former SEC and BigLaw attorneys launch Ketsal Consulting for blockchain market

Five specialist attorneys have launched strategic advisory firm Ketsal Consulting in conjunction with law firm Blakemore Fallon to guide companies through the fast-moving blockchain and cryptocurrency legal and regulatory landscape. Founded by a team of attorneys from…

BlockEx launches digital bond service, enters FCA Sandbox as path to UK authorization

BlockEx, a digital asset exchange ecosystem has announced that its new digital bond service has been successfully selected for the FCA Sandbox in Cohort 4 as part of the roadmap to regulatory authorization. Initially, BlockEx is targeting…