On Monday, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) published guidance on custodial structures to help protect customers’ money if a crypto firm goes bankrupt. New York’s top financial regulator stressed that businesses should not commingle customer funds and that customer funds should be segregated with separate accounting.
FTX Collapse Prompts NYDFS to Issue Guidance on Virtual Currency Custodian Regulations
Following the recent collapse of FTX and allegations directed at its co-founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, and top deputies, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) released guidance detailing that customer assets held by a virtual currency business must be segregated.
The guidance was issued by Adrienne Harris, the superintendent of the NYDFS, and the regulator insists that virtual currency custodians need to apply a “safe regulatory framework” to protect customers and preserve trust. The NYDFS guidance provides a summary of four different policies and standards that virtual currency entities (VCEs) should adhere to. The four policies are as follows:
- Segregation of and Separate Accounting for Customer Virtual Currency;
- VCE Custodian’s Limited Interest in and Use of Customer Virtual Currency;
- Sub-Custody Arrangements; and
- Customer Disclosure.
“To custody customer virtual currency properly and maintain appropriate books and records, a VCE custodian is expected to separately account for and segregate customer virtual currency from the corporate assets of the VCE custodian and its affiliated entities, both onchain and on the VCE custodian’s internal ledger accounts,” the New York regulator details.
The regulator further said that custodians should have limited interest in customer funds and in the use of a client’s virtual assets. “When a customer transfers possession of an asset to a VCE custodian for the purposes of safekeeping, the department expects that the VCE custodian will take possession only for the limited purpose of carrying out custody and safekeeping services,” the NYDFS guidance explains.
What are your thoughts on the NYDFS’s guidance on custodial structures for customer protection in the event of a crypto firm’s insolvency? Share your thoughts about this subject in the comments section below.
Source: Regulation Archives – Bitcoin News
Breaking News: Yuga Labs Founder Steps Down for Health Reasons
NFT Entrepreneur and Yuga Labs founder Wylie Aronow, creator of Bored Ape Yacht Club and CryptoPunks, Takes Time Off for Health.
NFT Entrepreneur and Yuga Labs founder Wylie Aronow, creator of Bored Ape Yacht Club and CryptoPunks, Takes Time Off for Health after CHF Diagnosis.
Yuga Labs Founder Steps Down
Wylie Aronow, one of the co-founders of Yuga Labs, recently announced that he will be taking a leave of absence from the company due to health reasons. In a tweet, he shared that he had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Aronow, who is also known by his pseudonym Gordon Goner, stated that the symptoms started last year and that he had delayed seeking medical attention so he could continue working. However, after undergoing testing, his doctor advised him to make significant changes to his lifestyle.
Aronow announced his departure from his role at Yuga Labs to focus on his health. In a statement, he stated that he would be taking a leave of absence to prioritize his well-being. Although he will no longer have a full-time position at the company, Aronow will continue to serve as a Board Member and Strategic Advisor, though the extent of his involvement in these capacities was not specified.
In a tweet, Aronow explained his departure. He stated that his chronic illness consumed most of his twenties and that he overexerted himself at Yuga Labs, working 12 hours daily. He regrets not finding balance, despite advice from those around him. Aronow’s priority now is to seek medical treatment and focus on healing.
Yuga Labs, with Aronow, gained recognition in early 2021. Aronow and co-founders Greg Solano (Gargamel), Zeshan (Sass), and Kerem (Tomato Ketchup) launched the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFT collection on April 23, 2021. The collection became a massive success. Although the NFTs were initially priced at .08 ETH per ape (around $190), they soon sold for over $100,000 on secondary markets.
Wylie remains a board member and advisor at Yuga Labs. In a Twitter thread, he expressed his confidence in Yuga’s future and the leadership of @cryptogarga. The addition of Daniel Alegre, soon-to-be former President and COO of Activision, further strengthens his positive outlook. Wylie also has a bright future ahead for his brand.