India’s Top Court to Refuse to Lift Crypto Ban

Looks like Reserve Bank of India’s cryptocurrency ban will remain
03 July 2018   253

The Supreme Court of India refused on Tuesday to remove the restrictions imposed by the central bank of the country on the cryptocurrency activity of local financial companies. This is reported by Quatz India.

On April 5, the Reserve Bank of India sent a notice to all financial institutions under its control, which officially prohibited them from providing services to companies operating in the field of cryptocurrency. In addition, the banks were instructed not to carry out transactions that their customers can use to purchase cryptocurrency. Officially, the regulation of the regulator takes effect on July 5.

The decision tried to challenge a number of cryptocurrency companies, which called it "arbitrary, unjust and unconstitutional." The Supreme Court responded to the stormy reaction of the public and promised to consider the petitions received, whose signatories demanded that the decision of the Central Bank be canceled, but refused to accept new applications.

However, based on the results of today's hearing, the court refused to issue a temporary restriction on the decision of the RBI.

As one of the legal companies representing the local stock exchange cryptocurrency said, the participants in the process asked to postpone the deadline for the decision to enter into force for another month. "However, now that the ban was approved, the banking channels for exchanges and their users were completely cut," the partner of the law firm told Quartz.

Nevertheless, representatives of the local crypto-currency industry do not lose hope. Last week, the secretary of the Ministry of Economy of India confirmed that the authorities are at the final stage of developing legislation to regulate the sphere of crypto-currencies. It is expected that it will be submitted within two weeks.

We have prepared a draft (on virtual currencies) that entails what parts of this businesses should be banned and what should be preserved. This should be discussed by the first week of July and we should wrap this up within in the first fortnight of July.

Subhash Chandra Garg

Secretary, India department of economic affairs

The next hearing, during which representatives of the cryptocurrency industry will try to challenge the decision of the Reserve Bank of India, is scheduled for July 20.

Ex S&P President to Invest in iComply Startup

The startup is aimed at developing tools and services to meet the regulative standards for blockchain start-ups
14 August 2018   121

Startup iComply, working in the field of regulatory technologies and compliance with standards, has just completed the initial round of financing, which was headed by former Standard & Poor CEO Deven Sharma, CoinDesk reports.

IComply, aimed at developing tools and services to meet the regulative standards for blockchain start-ups (especially for those that conduct ICO), said on Monday that it attracted a seven-figure sum during this invest-round, but did not say the exact figure. The round was also attended by DMG Blockchain and Block X Capital.

In addition, iComply reported that it was joined by former employee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Jeff Bandman, former Managing Director of NASDAQ and the Financial Services Industry Regulation Service (FINRA) Manny Alikandro, MIT Connection Science program member, Praveen Mandal and Prosecutor Thomas Linder.

According to Sharma, he decided to invest in the startup iComply, because the project "is focused on services for ICOs related to risks and compliance with standards." Compliance with the standards, he said, will ensure the transparency of ICO issuers and thereby help to ease the concerns of regulators.

Sharma also believes that iComply can contribute to the spread of crypto technologies, helping the entry of traditional financial services into this industry.

My interest is to see iComply evolve into a benchmark that investors can use to assess credibility of issuers, sustainability of underlying services and the price of ICOs. iComply's patent-pending software enables both security and utility tokens to monitor and document compliance, governance and risk procedures, before a public blockchain executes an immutable trade, providing trust, integrity and transparency for our clients. There have been a few ICOs that had a fundamentally robust offering that I understood and did interest me [but I] missed the opportunity. Others that have transparency from a service like iComply, I would [invest in].

Deven Sharma

Ex-president, Standarts & Poors

It is the ideas of transparency and trust, according to Sharma, that sparked his interest in order to start working with the blockbuster.