UK regulators release final operational resilience policies

In this post, we revisit the background to development of operational resilience in the UK, review the publications issued by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the PRA, and the Bank of England (the Bank) in March, and briefly discuss the wider context. Read more

BitPay Settlement Signals Growing OFAC Focus on Cryptocurrency Transactions

On February 18, 2021, BitPay, Inc. (“BitPay”), a major cryptocurrency payment processing platform, entered into a $507,000 settlement with the Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”), to settle allegations that it processed cryptocurrency payments which violated various US sanctions programs.  Significantly, OFAC did not allege that BitPay knowingly violated sanctions laws or took steps to actively conceal violations.  Rather, OFAC alleged that BitPay had inadequate due diligence and internal controls policies in place which failed to identify potential sanctions violations. Read more