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Matthew has a passion for law and technology. He graduated from Georgetown University, where he studied international economics and music. Matthew enjoys biking and listening to tech podcasts. He lives in Los Angeles.
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world

Much Ado About Blockchain During UK Parliament Treasury Committee Hearing

May 2nd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
In a remarkably detailed hearing on digital currencies, members of the United Kingdom’s Parliament asked industry stakeholders and experts about the possible advantages and disadvantages of blockchain.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Federal Trade Commission To Host Training Workshop On Cryptocurrency Scams

May 1st, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Next month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will hold an event called “Decrypting Cryptocurrency Scams.” The workshop is free and open to the public.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

SEC, CFTC To Discuss Possible Securities Classification Of Ether, Other Cryptocurrencies

May 1st, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Senior officials from the CFTC and SEC will meet next Monday to carefully consider whether Ether and other cryptocurrencies should be regulated as securities.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

No ‘Macrocritical’ Risks From Cryptocurrency, Says IMF

Apr 30th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) isn’t terribly worried about the financial stability risks posed by cryptocurrencies. Nonetheless, the organization expressed limited concerns about leveraged trading of cryptocurrencies, the integration of crypto-assets into mainstream financial products, and the cross-border character of these digital assets.
NEWS
law and legislation

CFTC Commissioner Discusses Tokenization And Spot Market Regulation Of Cryptocurrencies

Apr 30th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Brian Quintenz, a Republican commissioner of the CFTC, understands that the blockchain industry is full of hype and still possesses the potential to radically alter market structures.
NEWS
law and legislation

Delaware Senate Introduces Blockchain Bills For Limited Partnerships, LLCs

Apr 27th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, Delaware state senators introduced two bills, which propose that limited partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs) be allowed to use blockchain technology for record keeping and record management, as well as certain ‘electronic transmissions.’ Both bills were assigned to the Banking, Business & Insurance Committee.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Should Ripple’s XRP Contribution To Nonprofit Org DonorsChoose Be Tax-Deductible?

Apr 27th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Shortly before the FY 2017 tax filing deadline, Ripple contributed approximately $29 million worth of its XRP to DonorsChoose, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Depending on how the Internal Revenue Service approaches XRP, Ripple – the effective creator and steward of the tokens – could be eligible for a large tax deduction, though the implications of such a deduction are concerning.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

Local Bureau Of Japanese Finance Ministry Serves Business Improvement Order To Cryptocurrency Exchange

Apr 26th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Regional authorities have joined the effort to bring cryptocurrency exchanges into compliance with Japanese law.
NEWS
business and finance

[UPDATED] Sequoia Capital - Binance Dispute Headed To Arbitration

Apr 25th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Binance has been accused of violating an exclusivity agreement with venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, which had reportedly considered a substantial investment in the cryptocurrency exchange. The High Court of Hong Kong has granted a temporary injunction against Binance, suspending the company from business discussions with potential investors.
NEWS
business and finance

Philippines To Welcome Ten Blockchain And Cryptocurrency Companies Into Special Economic Zone

Apr 25th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
“We are about to license 10 platforms for cryptocurrency exchange,” said the chief of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority. However, to comply with regulations, trading between fiat currencies and cryptocurrencies must take place offshore.
NEWS
world

Banque de France Emphasizes Global Strategy For Cryptocurrency Regulation

Apr 24th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, the governor of France’s central bank called for “internationally harmonized answers” to address the potential risks of cryptocurrencies.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Former CFTC Chairman: ‘Strong Case’ For Securities Designation Of Ether, Ripple’s XRP

Apr 23rd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Ex-CFTC chairman Gary Gensler believes that Ether and Ripple’s XRP might be ‘noncompliant securities.’ Bitcoin, he anticipates, may remain exempt from that classification.
NEWS
law and legislation

European Parliament Votes for Increased Cryptocurrency Regulation

Apr 21st, 2018
Matthew De Silva
The European Parliament voted strongly in favor of regulations, which would deter cryptocurrency-based money laundering and terrorism financing.
NEWS
law and legislation

Tezos Co-Founder Arthur Breitman Penalized By FINRA

Apr 20th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
In the latest setback to befall the Tezos project, co-founder Arthur Breitman has been sanctioned by FINRA. Breitman is barred from contact with broker-dealers for two years and has been fined $20,000.
NEWS
business and finance

Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures Reportedly Seek Regulatory Exemptions For Blockchain, Cryptocurrency Development In SEC Meeting

Apr 19th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
When you’re going into business, it’s good to have the regulators on your side.
NEWS
law and legislation

Riot Blockchain Subpoenaed By SEC Amidst Plans To Launch Exchange

Apr 18th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
In its 10-K filing, Riot Blockchain shared that the company was recently subpoenaed by the SEC. Despite a myriad of concerns, the Nasdaq-listed company claims to be pushing forward with plans to expand its bitcoin mining operation and to possibly launch a cryptocurrency exchange.
NEWS
law and legislation

President Trump To Nominate Dan Berkovitz For Democratic CFTC Commissioner Position

Apr 17th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
The president intends to nominate Dan Berkovitz as a commissioner of the CFTC, according to a statement released by the White House on Monday. During the Obama administration, Berkovitz served as the agency’s general counsel from 2009 until 2013.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

[UPDATED] New York Probe Into Crypto Exchanges Continues Despite Attorney General's Resignation

May 8th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters to 13 cryptocurrency exchanges requesting information on “their operations, use of bots, conflicts of interest, outages, and other key issues." The AG also launched the Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

After Losing $3 Million Worth Of Bitcoin, Coinsecure Plans To Compensate Users

Apr 16th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
This past week, Coinsecure lost a little more than $3 million worth of BTC from its bitcoin wallet. Reports indicate that Coinsecure’s CEO is asking the New Delhi police to seize the passport of the exchange’s chief security officer, who is suspected of masterminding the theft. If unable to recover the cryptocurrency, Coinsecure plans to compensate customers with existing reserves using the price of bitcoin on April 9, 2018.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

Yahoo Japan’s Z Corporation Purchases Stake In bitARG Tokyo Cryptocurrency Exchange

Apr 13th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, Z Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Yahoo Japan, acquired a minority stake (40 percent) in bitARG Tokyo, a cryptocurrency exchange licensed by Japan’s Financial Services Agency. The exchange, which is not yet active, plans to launch its service in fall 2018.