South Korea Has No Intention to Ban Cryptocurrency Exchanges

South Korea’s finance minister has confirmed that the government has no plans to shut down cryptocurrency trading or exchange platforms
31 January 2018   103

South Korea has become one of the main markets for cryptocurrency, yielding, probably, only Japan and China. Therefore, it is not surprising that the government was forced to deal with the regulation of a new industry that gained popularity in just a few months, after the outflow of traders and start-ups from China.

Today, after a few weeks of panic and confusion among Korean traders and investors, who fear a complete state ban on cryptocurrency trading (similar to China’s tough action in blocking virtual coin platforms), South Korea's finance minister said that the government is not going to set barriers to the cryptocurrency market.

 As it is indicated in the report by Reuters, South Korea’s finance minister Kim Dong-yeon said: «There is no intention to ban or suppress cryptocurrency market».

He also commented on contradictory statements by government officials from several ministries who partly supported and partly rejected the ban on the cryptocurrency exchanges, which was proposed by the Korea’s Justice Ministry.

On the same day with proposing to shut down all domestic cryptocurrency exchanges, Korea’s justice ministry was forced to soften its stance on the ban proposal after the backlash and called it  “not a finalized decision”. The Justice Ministry found little support from other governmental ministries including the Ministry of Finance which refused to support a trading ban on cryptocurrency market.

Wyoming Passed Bill Exempting Utility Tokens from Securities Laws

The Wyoming House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill exempting utility tokens from securities laws  
20 February 2018   71

On Monday, House Bill (HB) 70 passed the House 60 to 0 and will now head to the Senate. The bill exempts utility tokens from securities laws. This will attracts ICO’s launches to the state and will make the state a favorable environment for blockchain startups.

According to the bill, the utility token must meet three conditions:

  1. The token’s issuer must not market it as an investment;

  2. The token must be exchangeable for goods and services, for example, startups must have a working product or service at the time the tokens are issued;

  3. The token’s issuer must not actively make efforts to create a secondary market for the token by entering into a repurchase agreement or agreeing to locate buyers for the token.

It is important to note that there are four more cryptocurrency and blockchain-related bills currently moving through the Wyoming legislature.

HB 19 passed the House of Representatives on Monday and is now awaiting introduction in the Senate. The bill exempts cryptocurrency from the state’s money transmitter act.

HB 101 has passed its second reading in the House and, if it passes its final hearing, will then go to the Senate. This bill will allow companies to create and use blockchains for the purpose of storing records and conducting inter-office communication.

HB 126 has just passed its second reading in the House. It will allow the creation of series LLCs.

Senate File (SF) 111 passed a vote to introduce on Friday and is now headed to a committee hearing. This bill will exempt cryptocurrency assets from state property taxes.