Bitcoin market exchange CoinBase has received licensing from the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) to expand its business to New York; the bitcoin licensing process involved analysis of the company's anti-money laundering, capitalization, consumer protection and cyber security policies; along with CoinBase, the New York DFS approved four additional firms for virtual currency business operations including licenses for XRP II and Circle Internet Financial, and charters for Gemini Trust Company and itBit Trust Company. Source
The comment period for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's fintech charter proposal closed on January 17 and the New York Department of Financial Services (NY DFS) was among the commenters; the NY DFS opposes the federal fintech charter; says state regulations have evolved to provide the necessary oversight; also notes that the regulations will create confusion, harm small business innovation, create monopolized institutions, increase competitive risks of non-bank entities and facilitate evasion of consumer protection. Source
New York State Senators held a roundtable last week for NY based blockchain companies to give their opinions on the BitLicense; the BitLicense is seen as being too restrictive, especially for startups, and the listening session was meant to get industry points of view before making reforms; one of the biggest complaints is the current regulations are too one size fits all; it is a good sign to see legislators engage the community but NY’s Department of Financial Services was not invited and so there is skepticism that any change will actually occur. Source.