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China: Government Indicates All Virtual Currency Platforms Have Withdrawn from Market

(July 12, 2018) On July 6, 2018, the People’s Bank of China indicated that the platforms trading virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin, and dealing with initial coin offerings (ICOs) in China have “basically all safely withdrawn from the market.” Chinese authorities had identified 88 virtual currency trading platforms and 85 ICO platforms since September 2017 […]

Mexico: Amendment to Anti-Money Laundering Law Pertaining to Cryptocurrencies

(May 22, 2018) Mexico’s Federal Law for the Prevention and Identification of Transactions with Resources of Illicit Origin (commonly referred to as the Anti-Money Laundering Law) was amended in March 2018 in order to regulate transactions with “virtual assets”—that is, cryptocurrencies. (Ley Federal para la Prevención e Identificación de Operaciones con Recursos de Procedencia Ilícita [Federal […]

Iran: IMF Evaluates Iran’s Legislative and Institutional Efforts to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing

(Apr. 13, 2018) In its March 2018 report assessing the economic situation in Iran, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) found that Iran had made progress in reforming its policies on combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism and was taking steps to improve the country’s connections to the international banking and trade system. (IMF, […]

Israel: New Law Restricts Use of Cash

(Mar. 27, 2018) On March 12, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) gave final approval for the Minimizing Use of Cash Bill, 5778-2018. The bill provides a monetary ceiling above which dealing in Israeli legal tender or in foreign currency in cash is prohibited. The restrictions will generally enter into effect on January 1, 2019. (Minimizing […]

Poland: Criminal Background Check for Financial Sector Job Applicants Introduced

(Jan. 9, 2018) On January 1, 2018, amendments to the Polish Labor Code and other laws regulating employment in the financial sector entered into force. (Law of October 24, 2017 on Amending Financial Sector Legislation (DZIENNIK USTAW [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] 2017, No. 2491).)  The new provisions, which were drawn up by Poland’s Ministry of Development, extend […]

Belarus: Decree Introduces Common-Law Principles and Tax Exempts Mining of Cryptocurrencies

(Jan. 3, 2018) On December 21, 2017, the President of Belarus signed the Decree on Developing the Digital Economy, which is aimed at “creating conditions, under which world-class IT companies would come to Belarus to work on developing new products and technologies that would be in demand worldwide.”  (Decree No. 8 of Dec. 21, 2017, […]

Nigeria: Government Reconstitutes the Investment and Securities Tribunal

(Oct. 12, 2017) On September 19, 2017, the Nigerian Minister of Finance announced the reconstitution of the Investment and Securities Tribunal (IST) in order “to sanitise the capital market, restore investors’ confidence and reposition the country’s economy.”  (Bassey Udo, Nigerian Govt. Moves to Sanitise Capital Market; Reconstitutes Investment & Securities Tribunal, PREMIUM TIMES (Sept. 20, 2017).)  […]

Iceland: Central Bank Eases Currency Restrictions, Ends Financial Crisis Capital Controls

(May 16, 2017) On March 12, 2017, the Icelandic Central Bank announced that it had adopted new currency exchange rules and entered into agreements to purchase Icelandic krónur from foreign holders. (Central Bank of Iceland Concludes Agreement with Owners of Offshore Króna Assets, ICELANDIC CENTRAL BANK (Mar. 12, 2017); New Rules on Foreign Exchange, ICELANDIC CENTRAL […]

Kenya: Anti-Money Laundering Law Amended

(Mar. 24, 2017) On March 3, 2017, the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, signed into law the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill.  During the signing ceremony, he reportedly noted that “[t]his is a major tool in our sustained efforts to fight corruption.  It means that no proceeds of theft and corruption are beyond the […]

Italy: Amendments to the National Budget Law

(Oct. 6, 2016) On September 9, 2016, new legislation amending the national budget entered into effect in Italy. (Law No. 163 of August 4, 2016, Amending Law No. 196 of December 31, 2009, Concerning the Content of the Budget Law, Implementing Article 15 of Law No. 243 of December 24, 2012 (Law No. 163), GAZETTA […]