The DOJ, OFAC, FinCEN and the CFTC settled enforcement actions against Binance, its CEO and former CCO. The coordinated settlements addressed charges against the digital asset exchange for CFTC registration failures and for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and International Emergency Economic Powers Act sanctions programs.
The SEC charged an online crypto asset trading platform for failing to register with the SEC as an exchange, as a clearing agency and as a broker-dealer of crypto asset securities.
CFTC Commissioner Christy Goldsmith Romero warned regulators of the danger of regulatory complacency and not to rollback critical Dodd-Frank post-crisis reforms. She highlighted the need for vigilant management of emerging risks in the cryptocurrency industry and as to the deployment of artificial intelligence in financial services.
House Financial Services Committee Chair Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and a bipartisan group of legislators asked banking regulators to clarify "through guidance and other actions" that an SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin, which describes how a custodian must account for digital assets, is not enforceable.
The New York Department of Financial Services finalized guidance on listing and delisting virtual currencies for New York-regulated entities engaged in virtual currency businesses.