Japan to Publish Report of New Crypto Regulations

The report contains measures in areas that are not currently enlighten in existing laws
17 December 2018   5970

The Financial Services Agency of Japan (FSA) published the long-awaited preliminary report on the new regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICO), Bitcoin.com reported. Discussion of the document was included in the agenda of the eleventh meeting of the research department of the department and contains recommendations for the previous ten meetings. According to local media, the proposed measures did not arouse significant objections, therefore, it is expected that based on them, the FSA will draft a new bill.

One of the main points of the report was the prevention of hacking and working with them - this year the country's cryptocurrency exchanges in such incidents appeared twice, and both times with large sums: Coincheck in January and Zaif in September. The FSA will require cryptocurrency exchanges to reinforce customer property management and maintenance systems and have reserves sufficient to cover losses in the event of a break-in. The document also proposed measures to prevent the bankruptcy of cryptocurrency exchanges. In part, this has already been implemented in the current licensing system.

The regulator notes the fact of the rapid development of the financial and technological industry and recognizes the importance of its self-regulation. In October, the Japan Association of Virtual Currency Exchanges was accredited by the FSA, with which it received the right to set rules for industry participants.

The FSA considers it permissible to deny registration to operators who do not want to join an accredited association and follow its rules, or will not have their own systems to comply with these rules. Given the positive experience of licensing cryptocurrency exchanges in Japan, they are probably among the first to be able to make self-regulation work in this industry.

Among other things, the document discusses restrictions on listing of private cryptocurrencies, derivatives trading and margin trading - already familiar to us proposals for earlier discussions.

According to the FSA, ICO "can be subject to securities regulation". “We are implementing an administrative measures,” the agency reports, whatever that implies. Depending on their structure, tokens can be regulated in accordance with the law on financial instruments and stock exchanges or the law on financial settlements. The possibility of vesting third-party organizations with the authority to study the business of issuers of tokens and their financial position is also being considered.

A separate place in the report is reserved for crypto-custodian business, which is currently not regulated by Japanese laws. The FSA proposes to create a registration system, implement internal control systems, divide the management of client funds and company funds, oblige services to prepare hacking response procedures and have reserves for paying compensation to users - in general, everything that is already applied to cryptocurrency exchanges licensing system.

Bitfinex Shareholder to Start Pre-Orders for IEO

It should be noted there's no official whitepaper for the token and the fact of IEO wasn't confirmed by the operator of trading platform
06 May 2019   289

The Chinese platform RenRenBit, which is an intermediary between cryptocurrency lenders and borrowers, has begun to accept preliminary applications for participation in the public stage of IEO of the Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex. RenRenBit is part of the DGroup company, which is owned by a major Bitfinex shareholder, Zhao Dong, CoinDesk reports.

Note that the operator of the trading platform iFinex Inc. has not yet published the official white paper for its token, and has not even confirmed the fact of IEO itself. Dong is the main source of information on tokensale for $ 1 billion and it was he who distributed the marketing documentation of the LEO token through Weibo, although some top managers from Bitfinex have already mentioned the coin on Twitter.

Retail investors who have undergone a KYC procedure can already commit to invest up to $ 1,000 in USDT equivalent at the IEO's public stage. However, according to the mentioned marketing documentation, if the tokens are sold out to accredited investors by May 10, the tokensale will end in a closed format. As of May 4, the exchange allegedly received a verbal commitment of $ 600 million.

It is worth adding that the fake white paper of Bitfinex token has already appeared on the web, whose authors use the uncertainty around the alleged campaign and the lack of official statements to mislead gullible users. The official white paper has not been released.

CoinMarketCap, a popular analytical resource, meanwhile, excluded Bitfinex quotes from calculations of the average value of digital assets, since they significantly exceed those of other trading platforms.

Earlier, New York State Attorney General Letitia James asked the state Supreme Court to uphold the order for Bitfinex, which does not allow her to renew the credit line from Tether Limited. She warned the court about the high risks for users of the platform and USDT holders.

However, a week ago, Tether Limited's chief lawyer Stuart Hogner stressed that there are no risks for users, although steylcoin is secured only by 74%.

So, Bitfinex could already receive about $ 750 million from the USDT issuer's reserves to ensure liquidity after the fiat funds of the exchange's operator were blocked in the accounts of the Panamanian processing Crypto Capital Corp. in Poland, Portugal, the UK and the USA.