Cryptotrading still alive in India despite RBI efforts

RBI bans banks from working with crypto exchanges, but Unocoin and Zebpay continue trading, already calling people to sign the petition against new regulations
08 April 2018   1573

Reserve Bank of India recently caused an uproar in Indian cryptotrading community with their ban for all RBI-regulated banks to work with any cryptocurrency operators.

RBI released a statement, with Chief General Manager Jose Kattoora as a spokesperson, that the banks should stop any partnership or affiliation with any business or person(s) that are dealing with cryptocurrencies. The banks have three month to confirm with the new regulation, or face charges and fines.

The goal for all this hassle is, apparently, to curb over the counter cryptocurrency trading and stop money laundering. Which, if one stops to think about it, is quite strange considering the fact that instead of preventing, it will magnify the problem. The legal exchanges always have an extensive Know-Your-Client policy to prevent exactly this shady stuff from happening, and they are now getting roadblocked for all the effort.

Despite the media craze surrounding this ban, it doesn't entail a ban on cryptocurrency trading as a whole. RBI only made banks stop their partnership with exchanges, which means that while there may be problems with or outright no way of converting fiat to crypto and back, trading itself wouldn't pose any problem to the users.

Still, one of the largest Indian cryptocurrency exchanges – Unocoin, has released a statement, that the clients' funds, be they fiat or crypto, are safe on the platform and the users can still trade and utilize their money as they see fit, even withdraw them to fiat. At least for now.

Mirroring the competitor, Zebpay also announced that there shouldn;t be any problems with trading itself, but in this case they've preferred to cover ther back with a remark of possible problems with deposits and withdrawals. Also of note is a passage that they can't guarantee any returns in such cases.

Already there is a huge movement underway to refute these new regulations. Several prominent players from blockchain community and exchanges are reaching to the Indian government to withdraw the ban. Also, common folk can sign a petition supporting the same agenda.

US Crypto Companies to Support TON in Case With SEC

The Blockchain Association said Telegram taken sufficient measures to ensure that the Gram token offer met SEC requirements
23 January 2020   134

The Blockchain Association, which combines companies such as Coinbase, Circle, 0x and Ripple, issued an expert opinion as part of the ongoing proceedings of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with Telegram.

Previously, the Digital Commerce Chamber launched a similar initiative. The blockchain association, however, was more straightforward and stated that Telegram had taken sufficient measures to ensure that the Gram token offer met SEC requirements. According to members of the organization, the actions of the SEC can damage not only Telegram, but the market as a whole.

The Court should not block a long-planned, highly anticipated product launch by interfering with a contract between sophisticated private parties. Doing so would needlessly harm the investors that securities laws were designed to protect.

 

The Blockchain Association

The Blockchain Association notes that for many years it has not been possible for SEC to obtain clear and unambiguous guidance for conducting activities in the cryptocurrency space, while the claims of the regulator make the current situation even more ambiguous. 

The SEC’s lawsuit also raises novel questions regarding whether companies are forbidden from raising funds from sophisticated U.S. investors, under well-established regulatory provisions, to build blockchain networks.

 

The Blockchain Association

They cite examples of startups TurnKey Jet and Pocketful of Quarters, in respect of which the regulator recommended not to apply legal measures, adding that such litigations inevitably involve high costs and do not guarantee industry participants that they will not be prosecuted in the future.

Telegram discussed its plans with SEC staff for a year and a half, provided copious information and responded to limited feedback by adjusting the design of its transaction. Yet, at the end, the SEC has sued, and the SEC’s briefs thus far say nothing about the substance of those discussions. 

 

The Blockchain Association

In conclusion, the group asks the court to “reject the SEC’s arguments that the not-yet-in-existence Grams were securities at the time of the Purchase Agreements.”