In the third episode of this four-part series, Ethan, Addison, and Trey discuss several state-level developments that occurred in the digital asset sector during 2023. The group discusses the inception of New York Department of Financial Services’ (NYDFS) BitLicense regulation, its evolution, and the NYDFS’ introduction of guidance describing the procedures a digital asset custodian must engage in to ensure the provision of safekeeping services in a consumer-friendly manner. The main principles of the guidance aim to protect consumers by requiring digital asset custodians to, among other things, segregate digital assets owned by consumers and to prevent the establishment of debtor-creditor relationships with consumers that utilize custodial services.

In the second episode of this four-part series, Ethan, Addison, and Trey explore the CFPB’s proposed rule to define a market for general-use consumer payment applications under its larger participant authority, and its impact on digital asset financial services companies. The group discusses the integration of digital assets into the traditional financial system and the associated regulatory concerns. The episode concludes with a discussion of two significant FTC enforcement actions filed against digital asset financial services companies in 2023, underlining the potential consequences for stakeholders operating in the industry.

In this special joint episode of Payments Pros and The Crypto Exchange, Ethan Ostroff, James Kim, and Carlin McCrory discuss the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed rule to supervise large tech companies and other providers of digital wallets and payment apps. The proposed rule asserts that digital assets are “funds” subject to the Dodd-Frank Act and other federal consumer financial laws and regulations, which would expand the CFPB’s supervisory powers to examine companies facilitating crypto and other digital asset transactions.

In this episode of The Crypto Exchange, Troutman Pepper Partner Ethan Ostroff welcomes his colleague Addison Morgan to discuss California’s Digital Financial Assets Law (DFAL), set to take effect on July 1, 2025. The DFAL provides a comprehensive framework for licensing and overseeing businesses that engage in digital financial business activities with residents of California.

In this episode of The Crypto Exchange, Troutman Pepper Partner Ethan Ostroff welcomes his colleagues Mike Lowe and Matt Orso to discuss the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Illicit Finance Risk Assessment of Decentralized Finance (DeFi), which assesses how illicit actors are abusing DeFi services, as well as vulnerabilities unique to DeFi services.