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Israel: Supreme Court Grants Temporary Injunction Ordering Israeli Bank to Provide Banking Services to Bitcoin-Related Account

(Mar. 16, 2018) On February 25, 2018, Israel’s Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction prohibiting a bank from blocking activities in an account, held by a company trading in bitcoin, until an appeal over the district court ruling recognizing the legitimacy of a permanent authorization for such blockage has been decided. (CA 6389/17 Bits of […]

Germany: Federal Ministry of Finance Publishes Guidance on VAT Treatment of Virtual Currencies

(Mar. 13, 2018) On February 27, 2018, the German Federal Ministry of Finance published guidance on value-added-tax (VAT) treatment of bitcoin and other virtual currencies. It determined that transactions to exchange a traditional currency for bitcoin or other virtual currencies and vice versa constitute the taxable supply of other services for consideration, but fall under […]

European Union: New EU Legislative Framework to Regulate Financial Markets Enters into Force

(Feb. 27, 2018) On January 3, 2018, the European Union’s (EU’s) Second Directive on Markets in Financial Instruments (MiFID II) entered into force with the main objective of strengthening investor protection and increasing transparency in financial markets. (Directive 2014/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on Markets in Financial […]

China: New Rules Increase Restrictions on Overseas Cash Withdrawals

(Jan. 24, 2018) On December 29, 2017, China’s foreign exchange regulator, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), issued a circular regulating overseas cash withdrawals using Chinese bank cards. (Guojia Waihui Guanliju Guanyu Guifan Yinhangka Jingwai Da’e Tiqu Xianjin JIaoyi de Tongzhi [SAFE Circular on Regulating Large Overseas Cash Withdrawals on Bank Cards] (SAFE Circular) […]

Indonesia: Circulars Issued on Bank Accounts for Foreigners, Other Financial Services

(Sept. 18, 2015) Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority has recently issued a number of regulations and circulars, including a Regulation on Framework Provisions on the National Economic Stimulus for Banks (Regulation No. 11/POJK.03/2015) and a Regulation on Framework Provisions of the National Economic Stimulus for Islamic Banks and Sharia Businesses (Regulation No. 12/POJK.03/2015, in addition to […]

Italy: Updated Legislation on Credit Entities and on Strengthening of Bank of Italy

(July 17, 2015) On June 27, 2015, new legislation on the supervision of credit entities and on the strengthening of the country’s central bank, Decree-Law No. 72, entered into effect in Italy. (Decree-Law No. 72 of May 12, 2015, Implementation of EU Directive 2013/36, That Amends Directive 2002/87/CE and Repeals Directives 2006/48/CE and 2006/49/CE, Concerning […]

Italy: Measures to Foster Banking System and Promote Investment

(Feb. 10, 2015) Italy’s cabinet has approved new measures, contained in Legislative Decree No. 3 (D.L. No. 3), aimed at bolstering the national economy, in particular the banking and investment sectors. (Legislative Decree No. 3 of January 24, 2015, Urgent Measures for the Banking System and Investment, GAZETTA UFFICIALE (G. U.) No. 29, NORMATTIVA (in […]

Russia: Fines for Bitcoin Transactions Will Be Introduced

(Oct. 7, 2014) On October 3, 2014, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, as a part of a government legislative initiative, announced that it is going to submit to the State Duma (legislature) legislation that would recognize the act of engaging in Bitcoin transactions as a misdemeanor and impose fines for “transactions with a […]

Canada: Canada Passes Law Regulating Virtual Currencies as “Money Service Businesses”

(July 9, 2014) On June 19, 2014, the Governor General of Canada gave his royal assent to Bill C-31 (An Act to Implement Certain Provisions of the Budget Tabled in Parliament on February 11, 2014 and Other Measures (Bill C-31), STATUES OF CANADA 2014, Ch. 20), which includes amendments to Canada’s Proceeds of Crime (Money […]

Mexico: Warning Issued on Risks of Using Bitcoin

(June 4, 2014) In April 2014, Mexico’s National Commission for the Protection and Defense of Users of Financial Services (CONDUSEF, a government agency under Mexico’s Department of the Treasury) issued a statement explaining the risks of using Bitcoin and similar virtual assets. (Press Release, CONDUSEF, Alerta CONDUSEF sobre uso del bitcoin como medio de pago, […]