In this special episode of K2’s Integrity Matters podcast series, I visit with Gabe Hidalgo. Hidalgo is a Managing Director at K2 Integrity. He has 20 years of legal, regulatory compliance, and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) experience working with wholesale and retail banks, FinTech companies, broker/dealers, and money services business entities. Hidalgo is a recognized subject-matter expert in the cryptocurrency and digital assets market and is able to help clients navigate and mitigate Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) compliance risks. In this podcast, we take a deep dive into the current issues around cryptocurrency regulation and where they may be headed down the road. Some of the highlights include:

The Current Landscape

  • Consumer and institutional push into crypto.
  • NFTs are growing in popularity. What is the significance?
  • Heavy institutional hitters buying in of late. Is the little guy now cut out?

Current Regulatory Climate

  • Alternative currency has gone from to an asset class being bought and sold for investing.
  • What are the views of Gary Gensler and where might the SEC go in terms of regulation and enforcement?
  • IRS and taxation issues.
  • What are the benefits of a strong regulatory environment for both the financial system as well as the companies in it?

Into the Future

  • Inevitability that there will be more regulatory guidance and rules; you have more and more mainstream institutions ready to buy or invest.
  • Whenever you have that much interest, the government has to get involved from a risk mitigation standpoint, and consumer protection standpoint.
  • Who is going to oversee it? Why types of products? Who falls in those product classes?

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