Malta approved 3 Blockchain and crypto bills in the 2nd reading in Parliament yesterday, June 26. The first two of them, Technology Arrangements and Services Bill and the Virtual Financial Assets Bill, provide regulation of digital ledger technologies under the control of the Malta Digital Innovation Authority. read more
A vice governor of the People’s Bank of China Pan Gongsheng roughly commented on the situation with ICOs in the country, specifically those that had moved overseas but kept communicating with Chinese investors. Gongsheng reminded that ICOs, undercover ICOs and crypto asset trading are illegal in the Republic and represent illicit forms of fundraising and securities issuance.
"Any new financial product or phenomenon that is not authorized under the existing legal framework, we will crush them as soon as they dare to surface,” Pan said. Further, a Chinese state-owned messenger WeChat turned out to be contributing into the regulation by spotting crypto traders and limiting the amount of fiat currency such users can receive via the app.
Rivemont Crypto Fund, a Canadian company owned by Rivemont Investments, keeps approximately 91% of its assets – $2.3 million – in fiat currency, and only the insignificant rest in Bitcoin.
Rivemont Putting an Eye on the Altcoins
Rivemont Investments offers investment strategies basing on the market’s volatility. Its subsidiary Rivemont Crypto Fund, established in December 2017, is the only active cryptocurrency fund in Canada, according to the official data. The fund trades Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Ripple (XRP), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Ethereum Classic (ETC), and is registered in 3 provinces with the Ontario Securities Commission, the Alberta Securities Commission, and the British Columbia Securities Commission. Rivemont Crypto Fund is considering investments in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and alternative coins such as Neo and Dash.
The Malta Stock Exchange (MSX), together with crypto exchange OKEx is creating a new institutional grade security-tokens platform for trading.
Crypto Exchanges Heading to Malta
Previously, Cointrend.me had covered the news about several crypto exchanges moving to Malta due to its friendly regulations. OKEx was among them, and after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MSX, they launched a joint project called OKMSX – a conscientious trading platform respecting Know Your Customer (KYC) principles and security expertise. read more
Chinese police have captured 3 people who had reportedly stolen bitcoins and other digital currencies worth approximately $87 million.
Tracking Down the Suspects
Chinese media Xinhua reported that the three were arrested on August 15 after a months-long investigation.