Tether to launch GBPT stablecoin pegged to British pound sterling

Major stablecoin company Tether is expanding its stablecoin offering with a new cryptocurrency pegged to the British pound sterling (GBP). Tether officially announced on June 22 that its upcoming GBP-pegged stablecoin, GBPT, will launch in early July and will initially support the Ethereum blockchain. GBPT will be a stable digital currency pegged on the 1:1 … Read more

HM Treasury changes course on collecting data around unhosted crypto wallets

The government of the United Kingdom said it intends to modify a proposal that would have required crypto firms to collect personal data from individuals holding unhosted wallets that were the recipients of digital asset transfers. In its Amendments to the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds updated on Wene, HM Treasury said … Read more

A life after crime: What happens to crypto seized in criminal investigations?

Earlier this year, during during the annual Queen’s Speech in the United Kingdom, Prince Charles informed the Parliament about two bills. One of them — the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill — would expand the government’s powers to seize and recover crypto assets. Meanwhile, the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seized more than … Read more

Enforcement and adoption: What do UK’s recent regulatory aims for crypto mean?

In April, the United Kingdom’s Economic and Finance Ministry, also known as Her Majesty’s Treasury, announced its intention to put the United Kingdom at the forefront of technology by bringing stablecoins under the country’s payments regulation — a bold move that looks especially intriguing in contrast to the recent shock, caused by TerraUSD’s (UST) depegging. … Read more

Law Decoded: The long waves in the aftermath of UST’s crash, May 16-23

It’s been two weeks since the shock of the TerraUSD (UST) depegging, but the long waves of this event are still coming in. The Congressional Research Service described the UST crash as a “run-like” scenario and claimed that the crypto industry has not reached the same level of “adequate regulating” as the traditional finance market.  … Read more

FCA will ‘absolutely’ consider recent stablecoin depegging when drafting crypto rules: Report

Sarah Pritchard, the executive director of markets at the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority, or FCA, reportedly said the regulator will look at the recent volatility in the crypto markets when creating rules for the space in 2022. According to a Friday Bloomberg report, Pritchard said the financial regulator will “absolutely” take into account stablecoins … Read more

The Lightning Network Lunch: A Bitcoin contactless payment story

The Lightning Network (LN) just got a bit faster, as the suitably named Bolt Card now enables Bitcoin (BTC) enthusiasts to pay for goods and services using contactless technology.  A data analyst at the company behind the card, CoinCorner, took the Bolt card on a trial run on the Isle of Man, a British Crown … Read more

Bitcoin investment giant Grayscale debuts ETF in Europe

Crypto investment giant Grayscale is expanding operations by launching a new crypto-linked exchange-traded fund (ETF) in Europe. Grayscale officially announced its first European ETF, called Grayscale Future of Finance UCITS ETF, on May 16. The new investment product is getting listings on major European stock exchanges, including the London Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana as well … Read more

UK Treasury en route to legalizing stablecoins amid Terra’s UST crash

United Kingdom’s Department of Treasury, or Her Majesty’s Treasury, has reportedly decided to go ahead with regulating stablecoins as legal tender. While welcomed by the crypto community, the decision comes as a shocker due to its proximity to the recent fall of one of the most popular algorithmic stablecoin, TerraUSD (UST). A local report from The … Read more

UK government targets crypto in latest legislative agenda

The United Kingdom has introduced two bills both concerning the seizure and support for cryptocurrencies as part of Prince Charles’ remarks at the State Opening of Parliament. In a Tuesday publication released by the U.K. Prime Minister’s Office, the government said it will address crypto regulation in the country with the introduction of the Financial … Read more