Great Potential,
Major Risks

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The Great Potential
of Digital Assets

Blockchain-powered trading enables digital assets and the prospect of more accessible and efficient capital markets, liquidity in formerly illiquid assets, and numerous other advantages. Beyond the prospect of new financial products, digital assets also provide a much-needed opportunity to drive the financial industry, which too often still exhibits legacy technology, culture and standards, into the 21st century.

At a time when the number of US IPOs is lower than in the 1970s, it’s no surprise Wall Street is keen on adopting this new asset class and unveiling its potential.

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The Threat of Fraud
and Manipulation

If the potential is so great, what’s holding back the mass adoption of digital assets? One of the major concerns for institutional investors is market integrity. With as much as 70%-90% of the volume traded in crypto exchanges driven by trade manipulation, and markets rife with fraud, the risk of regulatory fines, reputational damage and client protection is still too high.

Solidus is among the companies leading the effort for safer, more transparent markets.

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The Challenge
of Evolving Regulation

As crypto markets mature and expand, governments are trying to do their part and provide regulatory frameworks that would encourage better behavior and safer markets. Globally, legislation, regulation and enforcement is intensifying by the week, with new rules introduced, as well existing rules utilized to sanction bad actors. If in 2017, the crypto industry seemed like a Wild West with no supervision, in 2018 regulators made it clear that the state won’t last. In the US alone, authorities inflicted at least $2.3 million in fines on digital asset firms, and made it clear scrutiny will only increase in 2019.

For digital asset service providers, the need to be proactive and work towards compliance is more pressing than ever.

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The Risk of

Failing to comply with regulation can be cost millions and be a make-it-or-break-it for young startups and veteran institutions alike. Here are some recent crypto enforcement actions.

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5 years

Jail sentence for two executives at Komid, a Korean crypto exchange, for wash trading and manipulating volume reports.

$2.7 M

Fines and disgorgement fees US authorities executed against AriseBank for deceiving promising investors regualted crypto services, after a federal court settlement


Fines and disgorgement fees, as well as cease and desist order, US authorities executed against blockchain protocol CoinAlpha, for accepting money from breaching securities laws.


Fines and disgorgement fees US authorities executed against EtherDelta, a Texas digital asset exchange, for operating as an unregistered securities exchange


The number of ongoing investigations, according to reports, including subpoenas and court orders, against digital asset firms in the US and UK


In fines and disgorgement, at least, enforced by regulators against digital asset businesses in 2018. Scrutiny is expected to increase in 2019.


Times the word manipulation appears in the SEC’s rejection of a Bitcoin-ETF application, a 90-page document. The word surveillance appears 120 times.


Average reduction in false positives, reported by clients, when switching from a legacy solution to Solidus’ platform. And constantly improving.



The US Crypto Enforcement Framework Is a Warning to International Exchanges

The Department of Justice (DOJ) just fired a warning to crypto exchanges worldwide: Comply with U.S. law or face the potential wrath of the federal government.

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Gearing Up For Launch: BlockQuake Taps Crypto Risk Monitoring Firm Solidus Labs To Ensure Market Integrity and Compliance

The regulatory-driven digital asset trading platform, designed by finance veterans and traders, will harness Solidus' solutions to remove market manipulation, protect investors and comply with regulatory requirements

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Huobi Becomes First Major Exchange to Run a Chainlink Node

As one of Gibraltar’s largest crypto firms, the integration comes in the wake of the country’s continued efforts in reducing market manipulation by crypto firms over the last few months. Last year Huobi partnered with Global Digital Finance (GDF), co-chairing the Market Integrity Working Group with Solidus Labs.

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How Solidus Helps

Solidus’ Machine Learning powered surveillance and monitoring hub is designed uniquely for the challenges of digital assets and in order to make the lives of compliance teams easier. We already help crypto exchanges, broker dealers, market makers and other financial service provider reduce costs, protect their reputation and work towards compliance. Get in touch today for a product demo

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