Cryptocurrencies Articles

Blockchain and Crypto Presence down on Forbes Fintech top 50 Forbes, a leading American business and finance outlet, has become well known for publishing lists acknowledging the who’s who of various industries. On February 4, Forbes listed the top 50 most innovative Fintech companies for 2019. Interestingly, the list only contains 5 companies categorized as “crypto and blockchain”. This... READ MORE
Ontario Securities Commission launches cryptoasset educational initiatives for Financial Literacy Month  On Thursday, November 1, 2018, the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) launched two cryptoasset educational initiatives as part of its activities for Financial Literacy Month. GetSmarterAboutCrypto.ca provides an overview of cryptoasset services and products, the OSC’s role in regulation, and tips for investors to exercise due diligence. The regulator... READ MORE
Canadian Securities Regulators Announce Platform to Identify Market Abuse The Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) announced it has selected a market analytics platform designed to identify, assess, and assist potential market abuse cases. Kx, a division of First Derivatives plc, was platform chosen as a result of a public bidding process. Kx is a division of First Derivatives plc, a... READ MORE
In these heady days of cryptocurrency investment, the market can seem like a gold rush: offering promise, but at the expense of predictability. The taxation of cryptocurrencies is no different. In this article, a collaboration between the Fintech Team at EKB and Alexander Demner at Thorsteinssons LLP, we consider the tax implications for cryptocurrency investment in Canada. “In this... READ MORE
Canadian Securities Administrators Provide Additional Guidance on Securities Law Implications for Offerings of Tokens June 11, 2018: The Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) published CSA Staff Notice 46-308 Securities Law Implications for Offerings of Tokens, which provides additional guidance on the applicability of securities laws to offerings of coins or tokens, including those that industry stakeholders commonly refer to as “utility... READ MORE
U.S. Justice Department Launches Criminal Probe into Crypto Price Manipulation May 24, 2018 – According to a Bloomberg report, the Justice Department has allegedly launched an investigation on Bitcoin/cryptocurrency price manipulation. Bloomberg reports that the investigation is focussed on “illegal practices that can influence prices”, such as “flooding the market with fake orders to trick other investors into buying... READ MORE
TMX Group to Launch Cryptocurrency Brokerage Cryptocurrency investors rejoice! TMX Group, the operator of Canada’s leading stock exchange, has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Shorcan Digital Currency Network, will partner with a specialist in decentralized financial services, Paycase Financial, to launch a cryptocurrency brokerage service. The partnering will use BMO Financial Group’s payment and settlement infrastructure and Paycase’s cryptocurrency... READ MORE
Digital advertising giants ban cryptocurrency ads Recently, Google, Facebook, and Twitter have moved to ban cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offering (ICO) advertising from their platforms. The move is largely a response to a lack of clear regulation in the sector and opportunistic, scam-laden advertisements. Facebook, the first of the three tech giants to announce a ban of this nature,... READ MORE
Applications of Existing Legislation/Securities Law to ICOs While some jurisdictions have taken a hostile approach to ICOs, such as the bans by Korea and China, discussed in Part 1 of our 2 part series on international regulation of ICOs, a more measured approach is more common. Many jurisdictions have taken the stance that ICOs can and should be regulated... READ MORE
Background, Bans, and ICO Outliers Over the past few weeks there have been a number of interesting developments in the regulation of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs, sometimes referred to as Initial Token Offerings or ITOs), so we decided to take this opportunity to summarize the state of ICO regulation worldwide. (For an overview of ICOs, see our recent blog... READ MORE
An ICO, or initial coin offering (or sometimes an ITO or an initial token offering) is a relatively new – and recently much talked about – fundraising method. ICOs involve pre-selling a portion of a newly issued cryptographic currency. Investors receive cryptographic “coins” or “tokens” in exchange for other established types of cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin or Ether, or... READ MORE
It’s not easy to weigh the pros and cons of investing in bitcoin. As a cryptocurrency, bitcoin may not have the heft of a gold bar, but its value has continued to climb. If only I’d bought bitcoin back in 2011 when the price of one bitcoin was on par with the US dollar. This month the bitcoin price has... READ MORE