Blockchain roundtable organized in Japan

Japan`s regulator, Financial Services Agency (FSA) has opened some details of the closed-doors roundtable
21 March 2018   539

This meeting was arranged for regulators and central banks from many countries and it was connected with a wide multilateral joint research project on blockchain technology. The private conference was held on March 8 and 9, then FSA confirmed its report on Monday.

The financial regulators and central banks from a number of countries met Japanese and foreign academic institutions at the FSA-hosted roundtable. The representatives of the central banks of Singapore, Canada and Japan faced the financial regulators from the UK, France, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and the Australian security regulator. They discussed their points of view on the possibilities and disadvantages of the public (open) blockchain technology.

The FSA declared that the roundtable should definitely reveal the blockchain`s peculiar risks and opportunities. Also this financial regulator constantly researches possible weak spots of the public blockchain technology, relevant questions of its security and technical perspectives.

The list of subjects which were discussed at the roundtable includes the “Blockchain innovation and responsible user protection”, “Potential of blockchain”, “Blockchain tests and use cases - jurisdictional Proof of Concept” among others.

The FSA added that despite many details of the closed-door discussion stay under wraps, some common positions and challenges may be shared with the public while agreed upon by all the participants.

The banking market in Japan is aimed to be the largest consumer-end implementation of blockchain tech through a consumer payments application powered by Ripple. Therefore the largest central banks in the world were told cryptocurrencies “do not pose risks to global financial stability” during the ongoing G20 summit in Argentina by the international Financial Stability Board.

Coinbase to Issue New Statement

As reported, company says it was wrong about SEC approval of acquisitions of Keystone Capital Corp., Venovate Marketplace Inc. and Digital Wealth LLC
18 July 2018   15

Vice President of Communications of Coinbase Rachel Horwitz denied the information that the company received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States for a deal to buy brokerage companies. This is reported by Bloomberg.

It is not correct to say that the SEC and FINRA approved Coinbase’s purchase of Keystone because SEC was not involved in the approval process. The SEC’s approval is not required for the change of control application. Coinbase has discussed aspects of its proposed operations, including the acquisition of the Keystone Entity, on an informal basis with several members of SEC staff.
 

Rachel Horwitz

Vice President of Communications, Coinbase

On Monday, a spokesman for Coinbase said that the company received permission from the SEC and the Agency for Regulation of Financial Institutions (FINRA) to purchase Keystone Capital Corp., Venovate Marketplace Inc. and Digital Wealth LLC.

However, despite the refutation from Rachel Horwitz, Coinbase still intends to obtain a license to carry out brokerage activities.