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Clifford Chance

Regulatory Investigations and Financial Crime Insights

Cryptoasset enforcement: Where are we at the end of 2018? What to expect in 2019?

On 11 December 2018, Andrew Bailey, Chief Executive of the UK FCA, speaking to an audience in London, praised the enforcement action taken by the SEC in relation to initial coin offerings (ICOs) and said that European regulators could learn from the SEC's strong interventions. The FCA is expected to consult on the regulation of cryptoassets early in 2019 but has not yet taken any enforcement action.

In this briefing, we share data obtained from the FCA by freedom of information request relating to current cryptoasset investigations and analyse enforcement trends globally.