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Regulation of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technologies

National and International Perspectives


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Rosario Girasa
    Pages 1-28
  3. Rosario Girasa
    Pages 57-69
  4. Rosario Girasa
    Pages 71-114
  5. Rosario Girasa
    Pages 115-137
  6. Rosario Girasa
    Pages 199-246
  7. Rosario Girasa
    Pages 247-252
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 253-274

About this book


The book highlights the rise of Bitcoin, which is based on blockchain technology, and some of the many types of coins and tokens that emerged thereafter. Although Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have made national and international news with their dramatic rise and decline in value, nevertheless the underlying technology is being adopted by both industry and governments, which have noted the benefits of speed, cost efficiency, and protection from hacking. Based on numerous downloaded articles, laws, cases, and other materials, the book discusses the digital transformation, the types of cryptocurrencies, key actors, and the benefits and risks. It also addresses legal issues of digital technology and the evolving U.S. federal regulation. The varying treatment by individual U.S. states is reviewed together with attempts by organizations to arrive at a uniform regulatory regime. Both civil and criminal prosecutions are highlighted with an examination of the major cases that have arisen. Whether and how to tax cryptocurrency transactions both in the U.S. and internationally are analyzed, and ends with a speculative narrative of future developments.    


digital currencies virtual currencies cryptocurrencies Bitcoin federal and state regulation financial regulation taxation international regulation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lubin School of BusinessPace UniversityPleasantville, NYUSA

About the authors

Dr. Rosario Girasa is Distinguished Professor of Law, Lubin School of Business, Pace University, Pleasantville, New York. He is the author of four prior published works that range from cyberlaw, law of finance, and shadow banking. He is also the author of approximately 130 articles published in diverse U.S. and international journals.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Regulation of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technologies
  • Book Subtitle National and International Perspectives
  • Authors Rosario Girasa
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Financial Services Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Financial Services Technology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-78508-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-08717-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-78509-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 274
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Banking
    Investments and Securities
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on crypto assets regulation. … This is a very easy to read book which explains a technical area of financial law and regulation in a very clear, accessible and comprehensive way. It is certainly a go-to book for anyone trying to get into the subject of cryptocurrency regulation.” (Iwa Salami, Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation, Vol. 35 (8), 2020)