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Matthew De Silva

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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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law and legislation

[UPDATED] Coin Drop Markets CEO Gives Up Defense In Critical CFTC Cryptocurrency Case

Apr 13th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, Patrick McDonnell threw in the towel in his defense against the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
NEWS
law and legislation

[UPDATED] J.P. Morgan Hit With Lawsuit Over Cash Advance Fees Related To Cryptocurrency Purchases

Apr 11th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, a Chase credit card customer filed a lawsuit against the company for unexpectedly charging his cryptocurrency investments as high-interest cash advances rather than normal purchases, a possible violation of the federal Truth in Lending Act.
NEWS
business and finance

Alibaba’s Taobao Shopping Site To Prohibit Cryptocurrency, Blockchain Listings

Apr 11th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Next week, Taobao will institute a far-reaching ban on cryptocurrency and blockchain-related goods and services, expanding beyond its current prohibition on virtual currencies and related materials.
NEWS
world

Polish Tax Policy Worries Cryptocurrency Traders

Apr 10th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, Poland’s Ministry of Finance published a notice about the tax treatment of cryptocurrencies, detailing applicable rules and requirements. The repercussions of the guidance have only been realized in the last several days.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

Gemini Support For Block Trading May Consolidate Cryptocurrency Markets

Apr 9th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Gemini will soon facilitate block trading of digital assets. The service, which connects buyers and sellers of large quantities of digital assets, will operate separately from Gemini’s existing order books.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

Cryptocurrency Exchange Urdubit Shuts Down After Announcement From Pakistani Central Bank

Apr 9th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, the State Bank of Pakistan prohibited regulated entities from facilitating cryptocurrency-related transactions. Within hours, Urdubit announced its closure.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

Japanese FSA Halts Two Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Apr 6th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, the Financial Services Agency continued its crusade against noncompliant cryptocurrency exchanges.
NEWS
business and finance

US Cryptocurrency Tax Liabilities Estimated At $25 Billion After 2017 Mania

Apr 6th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
After cryptocurrencies hit record highs in 2017, US investors will be on the hook for approximately $25 billion worth of cryptocurrency-related taxes, according to Fundstrat Global Advisers.
NEWS
business and finance

UK’s Financial Conduct Authority Issues Statement On Cryptocurrency Derivatives Providers

Apr 6th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) addressed its regulatory jurisdiction over UK firms offering cryptocurrency derivatives.
NEWS
technology

Cryptocurrency Compliance Firm Chainalysis Plans Expansion, Receives Funding From Benchmark

Apr 6th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, Chainalysis launched a tool called Chainalysis KYT and revealed plans to provide its services for 10 or more cryptocurrencies by the end of 2018. The company received $16 million in Series A funding from Benchmark.
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world

[UPDATED] Reserve Bank Of India Prohibits Banking Services For Cryptocurrency Firms

Jul 5th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On April 5, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) barred regulated entities from working with businesses or individuals dealing with cryptocurrencies. However, the RBI also addressed the possibility of a central bank digital currency.
NEWS
law and legislation

Alibaba Sues ICO Firm For Trademark Infringement

Apr 4th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, Alibaba filed a trademark lawsuit against Alibabacoin Foundation, an unrelated company that seems to have raised $3.5 million through an initial coin offering.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Cryptocurrency Trading Firms Look To OTC

Apr 4th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
To avoid the risks of exchange hacks and price slippage, some wealthy cryptocurrency investors are turning to firms that facilitate over-the-counter (OTC) trade.
NEWS
technology

Blockchain Firm CipherTrace May Receive $27,000 Contract From SEC

Apr 2nd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
With help from CipherTrace, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may soon enhance its cryptocurrency monitoring. Today, ETHNews spoke with CipherTrace CEO Dave Jevans.
NEWS
technology

ECB, Bank Of Japan Publish Findings On Project Stella Phase 2

Mar 30th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan released a joint report on part two of Project Stella, which focused on securities settlement systems: delivery versus payment (DvP) in a distributed ledger environment. Although securities settlement is conceptually possible in single-ledger or cross-ledger DvP systems, the banks said that additional study would be required.
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wallets and exchanges

[UPDATED] Chilean Banks Deny Service To Cryptocurrency Platforms, Firms Ask For Regulatory Guidance

Mar 30th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On March 29, Chilean media reported that BancoEstado will close an account belonging to Orionx. This follows similar reports about cryptocurrency platforms BUDA and CryptoMKT, which together called for regulatory clarification through an open letter.
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world

UK FCA Warns Against Bulgarian Cryptocurrency Derivatives Provider

Mar 29th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a cautionary note about Olsson Capital, a Bulgarian firm that has been offering cryptocurrency-linked financial products in the United Kingdom without authorization.
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world

Thai Digital Asset Regulation To Begin In April; Draft Decree Details Tax Standards

Mar 29th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
According to a draft version of a royal decree, ICO issuers in Thailand will have 90 days to inform the SEC of their intentions. The document also states that digital asset trades will be subject to a 15 percent capital gains tax and a seven percent value-added tax, regardless of a trade’s profitability.
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business and finance

Massachusetts Securities Division Blocks Five ICOs

Mar 28th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, five companies that sought to conduct initial coin offerings (ICOs) in Massachusetts were ordered not to sell unregistered or non-exempt securities in the state.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

Bitfinex Weighs Move To Switzerland

Mar 28th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Bitfinex is reportedly considering a pivot to Switzerland.