Coordination, innovation key in blockchain regulation, say NASAA FinTech panelists

By Anne Sherry, J.D. Panelists at the NASAA Fintech Forum in Washington, D.C., examined the challenges and opportunities ahead as regulators grasp with blockchain-related innovations. At a morning panel about virtual currency regulation, regulators and a defense attorney debated whether regulatory certainty is a help or hindrance in this emerging area. A more tech-focused afternoon session focused on the evolution and future of blockchain technology. Virtual currency regulation. Representatives from the SEC, CFTC, and Conference of State Bank Supervisors, along with a Ballard Spahr partner, discussed the regulatory landscape around virtual currencies. This conversation focused around innovation, cooperation, and coordination. Ballard Spahr partner Marjorie Peerce said that uncertainty in the landscape makes it difficult to counsel clients about the rules. There is no confusion or disagreement when it comes to fraud, but the number of different agencies—both federal and…

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