BREAKING: NY Attorney General Launches Inquiry Into Cryptocurrency Exchanges


On April 17, 2018, Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General (AG) for New York, introduced the Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative, which is billed as «a fact‐finding inquiry into the policies and practices of platforms used by consumers to trade virtual or ‘crypto’ currencies like bitcoin and ether.» Simultaneously, the AG’s office announced that it has sent letters to 13 cryptocurrency exchanges, asking the platforms to disclose information on their «operations, internal controls, and safeguards to protect customer assets.»

Exchanges that have received letters include (1) Coinbase, Inc. (GDAX); (2) Gemini Trust Company; (3) bitFlyer USA, Inc.; (4) iFinex Inc. (Bitfinex); (5) Bitstamp USA Inc.; (6) Payward, Inc. (Kraken); (7) Bittrex, Inc.; (8) Circle Internet Financial Limited (Poloniex LLC); (9) Binance Limited; (10) Elite Way Developments LLP (; (11) Gate Technology Incorporated (; (12) itBit Trust Company; and (13) Huobi Global Limited (Huobi.Pro).

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