On May 7, the 43rd Annual Conference of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) began its work in Budapest. The head of the National Securities and Stock Market Commission Timur Khromaev represent Ukraine at the conference.
During the work of the relevant committees and regulatory seminars, Timur Khromaev pointed out that the regulator is in favor of making a decision to recognize cryptocurrency as a financial instrument. The official believes that Ukraine has already passed the “point of no return” regarding this issue and it is time for its consideration by the financial regulator of the country.
It is expected that Ukraine’s securities regulator will raise the issue of the status of the cryptocurrency at the next meeting of the Financial Stability Board in Kyiv. The head of the National Securities and Stock Market Commission of Ukraine believes that digital currencies should be recognized as financial instruments. Such a solution will allow legalizing crypto units in the country, although not in all their possible functions.
“I think it will be very timely to consider the recognition of some crypto units as financial instruments during the...
ICO (Initial coin offering) is a form of attracting investments in the form of selling a fixed number of new units of cryptocurrency, received with a single or accelerated emission.
In the middle of November, the European financial regulators, including ESMA (the European Securities and Markets Authority), the Belgian FSMA (the Financial Services and Markets Authority) and the Dutch AFM (the Authority for the Financial Markets), issued warnings about risks for the investors and rules applicable to the companies participating in the ICO.
The market of so-called cryptocurrencies has heated up. The approximate total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies has increased from $ 18 billion in early 2017 to staggering $ 200 billion by the time of writing this article. Needless to say, some people were worried about this hype, and not only the European financial regulators.
ICO is the key concept of cryptocurrency as a type of “crowdsale” (“crowd” and “sale”) where the project developers offer a new type of cryptocurrency (also called “token” or “coin”) using the distributed ledger technology. Cryptocurrency can acquire various characteristics based on...
Legal regulation of blockchain. Latest changes and prospects for the development of legislation
Blockchain Technology is a developing technology on which basis new applications in the field of finance appear daily. Regulators of some countries have already reported their intentions to study the use of blockchain technology, which is also called distributed ledger technology (DLT).
The new technology is potentially attractive to the regulators because of the increased level of transaction security and risk reduction of manipulation, but, at the same time, it creates complex legal problems that regulators are trying to understand and resolve. In this article, we will try to make a brief analysis of the approach of regulatory authorities to blockchain technology.
Regulation in the USA
The regulators in the USA are seriously monitoring the development of blockchain and other DLT (as well as cryptocurrency, in circulation on the basis of such registers). Some express concern about their impact on financial stability and market integrity.
At the same time, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is actively exploring the potential possibilities of the use of...
The technology of the distributed registry gives the potential to the companies in different spheres of activity to enable them to work more efficiently, create new business models and launch innovative products. But, naturally, the reasonable question arises: will the technology "Internet finance" be able to justify the arisen agiotage?
The Distributed ledger technology (hereinafter referred to as DLT), also known as Blockchain, refers to the innovations that can offer a tremendous potential to the large companies for more efficient operation and better customer service but it is not sufficiently developed yet for such applications.
The Distributed registries are common databases that contain digital lists of the transaction records. Their unique feature is that the identical copies of the registry are "distributed" between several hosting and information storage servers (hosts) that check transactions written in the form of "packages" by means of the agreed process. After checking, the "packages" are blocked with a cryptographic "hash" or an alphanumeric string of the fixed size, which allows the hosts to check incoming data but does not allow data recovery.
The developers, businesses and ordinary people are increasingly using the Initial Coin Offering, which is also called the ICO or the sale of tokens to raise capital. Such activities provide fair and legitimate opportunities to attract investment. Nevertheless, new technologies and financial products related to the ICO can be misused to attract investors with the promises of high profitability in the new investment space.
Providing this material, we begin a series of articles on crypto-currencies in order to acquaint you with the current issues of regulating a new and actively developing sphere of investment.
Virtual coins or tokens are created and distributed using the distributed registry technologies or distributed storage of reliable records (blockchain technology). Recently, the sale of virtual currency through the ICO is more and more popular. The buyers (investors) can use funds to purchase money (for example, US dollars) or virtual money to buy virtual coins or tokens. The creators (promoters) provide the buyers with the information that the capital raised from the sales will be used to finance the development of the digital platform, software or other projects of...