Why this tiny country is adopting the Bitcoin Lightning Network

Cointelegraph reporter Joe Hall visited the country of Gibraltar to explore Bitcoin adoption on The Rock, as the peninsula is known locally, and how the adoption of bitcoin for shopping in the territory is impacting business. The visit was also an opportunity to visit Xapo Bank, the world’s first private financial institution to combine traditional […]

Huobi wins license in the British Virgin Islands, no timeline for the UK yet

Major cryptocurrency exchange Huobi continues to expand its global footprint by entering the British Virgin Islands, a British Overseas Territory. Huobi officially announced on Friday that it secured an investment business license from the Financial Services Commission (FSC) of the British Virgin Islands. The approval allows Huobi to operate a virtual asset exchange under the […]

Rock on, Gibraltar: Pro-crypto regulation pulls Binance and big players

Gibraltar’s 6.8km2 territory houses 35,000 people and several large international crypto companies. The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, ruled by the United Kingdom and an important gateway to Europe, is an attractive jurisdiction for distributed ledger technologies (DLT) or simply crypto. The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, is now hiring for four roles in the […]

‘I have Bitcoin for the benefit of my kids,’ says Gibraltar MP

Located in Europe, on the southern tip of Spain, the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar is a bubbling hotbed of cryptocurrency adoption.  In an interview with Cointelegraph, Albert Isola, Gibraltar’s Minister for Digital and Financial Services and a member of the country’s parliament, explained Gibraltar’s approach to crypto and shed some light on his own investment […]

The Costa’ Bitcoin on the rise: major chains give Gibraltar a BTC boost

“But you can’t buy a coffee with Bitcoin,” the Bitcoin (BTC) critics chanted. Gibraltar, a tiny British Overseas Territory in Europe just blew a hole in that FUD as popular coffee chain Costa Coffee now accepts Bitcoin over Lightning.  Hotel Chocolat, the Card Factory and the Gibraltar bakery also accept Bitcoin as a currency in […]

Gibraltar rolls out new virtual asset regulation to combat market abuse

The British overseas territory of Gibraltar introduced a new regulatory package for distributed ledger technology (DLT) service providers. The document elaborates on the responsibilities of crypto businesses in regards to threats of market manipulation and insider trading.  On April 27, the government of Gibraltar published the 10th Regulatory Principle of the country’s financial services regulation. […]

Valereum acquires Gibraltar-based Juno to expand on crypto-fiat bridge

Gibraltar-based tech group Valereum Blockchain announced the acquisition of Juno Group, a company that aids in the establishment and administration of trusts, money management and enterprise creation in Gibraltar. Juno is a company that Valereum describes as having three areas of licensed operation: the management of trusts and similar entities, the administration of cash for a range […]