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Florida gov. Signs bill that defines ‘virtual currency’ and eases licensing restrictions on certain virtual currency transactions in the state

USA - May 26 2022 On May 12, 2022, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed bill CS/HB 273 (the Bill), amending Florida’s money services business (MSB) laws (i.e., Chapter 560 of the…

Monica Lopez-Rodriguez, Marina Olman-Pal

SEC chair continues push to regulate digital asset markets

USA - April 7 2022 At a speech to the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Capital Markets Association on April 4, 2022, SEC Chair Gary Gensler took the opportunity…

Barbara A. Jones

Executive Order on digital assets establishes policy goals for whole-of-government approach to regulation

USA - March 15 2022 On March 9, 2022, President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order on Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets (Executive Order) calling for…

Claudio J. Arruda, Robert C. Jones, Barbara A. Jones, William B. Mack, Robert Mangas, Marina Olman-Pal, Benjamin M. Saul

DOJ establishes Task Force KleptoCapture to enforce sanctions, export restrictions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Russia, USA - March 7 2022 On March 2, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the establishment of Task Force KleptoCapture, an interagency law enforcement task…

Kara M. Bombach, Kyle R. Freeny, Benjamin G. Greenberg, John Huber, Mark J. Lesko, Marina Olman-Pal

SEC’s BlockFi Order Signals Further Scrutiny of DeFi

USA - February 17 2022 On Feb. 14, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged crypto lending platform BlockFi Lending LLC (BlockFi) with (1) failing to…

Matthew Hoxsie, Kyle Jaep, Barbara A. Jones, William B. Mack