Friendly Crypto Regulatory offered by Liechtenstein PM

Liechtenstein government declares they’ll be taking a light-handed approach to blockchain technology with a new “Blockchain Act”
04 April 2018   433

Liechtenstein have recently recommended itself as a blockchain center. It is the sixth smallest country in the world  with a population of 40,000 people, and also it is home to more businesses than factual citizens because of the low tax rate.

Liechtenstein is specially engaging to blockchain businesses due to the lightness with which they can be established: it’s not obligatory to open a bank account to launch a firm. Also all the financial activities of a company can be realised with Ethereum or Bitcoin according to the country’s leading financial institution Bank Frick (accepting cryptocurrency directly). Yanislav Malahov, the Aeternity blockchain creator, founded a shop in Liechtenstein, reporting Forbes “they’re making it really easy to incorporate a cryptocurrency business”.

Crown Prince Alois is interested in using blockchain technology for administrative government purposes. He is stating his family’s involvement in cryptocurrency investment, among the richest royal families in Europe. It’s no surprise that Liechtenstein is aimed to take it very easy on blockchain regulatory in their upcoming legislation known simply as “The Blockchain Act”.

Adrian Hasler (Liechtenstein`s Prime Minister) affirms that the new order objects to “provide the necessary legal framework for a wide range of new services and business models relating to these technologies”, claiming that it “goes much further than the blockchain legislation of other countries” in his speech at a Finance Forum in late March.

Last month the Prime Minister of Malta encouraged the offered relocation of Binance HQ to their island, while announcing his support for blockchain technology and calling on other EU leaders to connect him “on the frontline in embracing this crucial innovation” and create the “Bitcoin continent of Europe”.

Liechtenstein is definitely among those countries replying the call, with their Financial Market Supervisory Authority at the helm officially processing over 100 blockchain and cryptocurrency-related requests so far in their effort to state themselves as a leading blockchain nation.

Japan to Tighten Regulation Due to Zaif Hack

$ 62 000 000 worth cryptocurrency was stolen from the Zaif exchange few weeks ago
25 September 2018   70

Hacking of Zaif exchange is the reason for toughening control over the market by the financial regulator of Japan, Reuters reports.

The first measure taken was administrative sanctions against the exchange and its operator Tech Bureau Corp. The Financial Services Agency (FSA) has expanded the list of requirements for the latter, pointing out the need to identify preventive measures and search for the organizers of the theft.

Shortly before that, researchers of the Japanese financial company Tech Bureau Corp could not provide details of the theft of $ 62 million from the Zaif crypto exchange at the request of the FSA. The Osaka-based operator had to investigate the causes, consequences of the theft and options for compensating the victims. According to the Agency, the financial company could not cope with the task.

According to the Tech Bureau, the exchange was hacked on September 14 within a few hours. The problem with the server was discovered by the site staff on 17 September. Official confirmation of the incident and notification of the authorities was made only a day later.

Recall, the theft of $ 60 million from the Japanese stock exchange Zaif caused a surge of volatility of bitcoin. For a short time the price was able to overcome the distance of $ 400.