• bitMEX hires compliance officer
    Regulation,  United States

    BitMEX hires chief compliance officer following U.S. money laundering charges

    Notably, the new compliance officer is expected to bring expertise on the Financial Action Task Force’s recommendations for virtual asset service providers

    Global Digital Finance’s Anti-Money Laundering Working Group advisory council Malcolm Wright is now the chief compliance officer of troubled crypto derivatives exchange’s BitMEX operator.

  • BitMEX Reed $5 million bail
    Cryptocurrencies,  Regulation

    BitMEX’s Samuel Reed released on $5M bail

    The cryptocurrency derivatives exchange’s CTO was one of four executives arrested on Oct. 1, when criminal and civil charges alleging insufficient money laundering protections were unsealed

    Under the terms of his bail, Reed had to put up $500,000 in cash. In addition, both he and his wife had to surrender their passports. He can only travel in New York, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin, with parole office approval.

  • Arthur Hayes indicted BitMEX
    Bitcoin,  Regulation,  United States

    Arthur Hayes out at BitMEX

    With its three co-founders under indictment for money laundering in the U.S., the Seychelles-based cryptocurrency derivatives exchange has dumped its leadership

    CEO Arthur Hayes and co-founders Benjamin Delo, and Samuel Reed, as well as head of business development Gregory Dwyer, have stepped down after the U.S. Department of Justice indicted them for violating the Bank Secrecy Act and conspiring to violate the Bank Secrecy Act. The charges are based on what prosecutors say are deliberately weak and inefficient customer identification procedures.

  • Feds are coming for DeFi
    Cryptocurrencies,  Regulation

    The feds are coming for DeFi

    In the wake of criminal charges leveled at exchange and derivatives platform BitMEX, decentralized finance projects may find they’re not untouchable

    The idea of decentralized finance is that there is no central authority in charge to control the exchange’s operations doesn’t mean they can get away with lax or no know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money-laundering (AML) compliance. Or that there is no one to be held accountable.

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