New York Department of Financial Services Issues 14th BitLicense

Today, November 14, 2018, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced that it has approved the application of NYDIG Execution LLC, a subsidiary of NYDIG LLC, for a virtual currency license and a money transmission license. The approval of this so-called “BitLicense” or “Virtual Currency License” application is the 14th of its kind and is required under New York State law in order for a company to engage in “any Virtual Currency Business Activity.” Under the BitLicense, NYDIG Execution LLC is allowed to offer secure custody and…

Bitfury Acquires Minority Stake in Final Frontier, Aims To Expand Services

The Bitfury Group has acquired a minority stake in blockchain services firm Final Frontier. Both organizations are looking to utilize each other’s knowledge and experience in the traditional and digital finance spaces to potentially release a new line of financial products and services designed to assist professional investors in getting their hands on digital assets. “Our mission is to be the bridge for institutions from traditional finance to enter this innovative asset class,” said Final Frontier co-founder Imraan Moola in a public statement. “Bitfury’s technological expertise, combined with our financial…

Major South Korean Hospital to Use Blockchain Tech for Medical Information Services

One of the South Korea’s largest hospitals has partnered with a local tech company to develop a medical services platform based on blockchain technology, according to the hospital’s official press release Nov. 12. Myongji Hospital, located in the city of Goyang, South Korea, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Korean IT company BICube, which markets itself as a machine learning platform. The two parties plan to use blockchain technology to create a healthcare information exchange system. According to the hospital’s release, the aim of the project is to…

ConsenSys’ Kaleido, Amazon Web Services Launch ‘Blockchain Marketplace’ for Enterprises

ConsenSys’ blockchain startup Kaleido and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have launched a full-stack platform that helps enterprises implement blockchain solutions, according to a press release published Nov. 8. The platform, dubbed Kaleido Marketplace, reportedly “eliminates 80 percent of the custom code” needed to build a given blockchain project by providing an array of full-stack tools and protocols that are “plug-and-play,” spanning needs from back-end development to front-end app user interfaces. According to the press release, Marketplace clients can access native integrations with AWS cloud, as well as swiftly implement solutions…

Crypto Exchanges Should Take a Hard Look at IP Address-Masking Services

Richard Malish is General Counsel at NICE Actimize where he counsels on global anti-money laundering, fraud, trading compliance and banking regulatory matters. The New York Attorney General (“NY AG”) recently issued a report on its fact-finding enquiries to multiple virtual currency trading platforms believed to be operating in New York. One of its many interesting findings was how virtual private networks (“VPNs”) may permit market manipulation. VPNs are a critical tool for privacy-minded cryptocurrency traders, as well as the only method for some traders to access these markets in countries…

Mauritius Financial Commission Releases Draft Regulation for Crypto Custodian Services

The Financial Services Commission (FSC) of the Republic of Mauritius has released a draft regulatory framework for crypto custodian services, according to an official document posted on Nov. 5. According to the announcement, the island country aims to establish regulation for custodian services for digital assets in order to enable users of crypto custodian services to have a due level of safety. According to the draft regulation, the FSC will issue a custodian service license that will allow an entity to operate as a holder of digital assets as well…

Post-Trade Financial Services Giant, 15 Major Banks Test DLT Project for Credit Derivatives

Global post-trade market infrastructure giant The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) is entering the testing phase of its replatformed Trade Information Warehouse (TIW) based on distributed ledger technology (DLT), according to a press release published Nov. 6. DTCC’s warehouse provides event processing services for around 98 percent of all credit derivatives transactions in the global marketplace. The infrastructure provider is now reportedly working with fifteen of the world’s leading banks to test its new DLT-based restructuring of the warehouse. While participant banks in DTCC’s 2016 proof-of-concept (PoC) included Bank…