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Regulatory issues in blockchain technology

Peter Yeoh (School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)

Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance

ISSN: 1358-1988

Article publication date: 8 May 2017




This paper aims to examine the key regulatory challenges impacting blockchains, innovative distributed technologies, in the European Union (EU) and the USA.


A qualitative perspective underpins the study. This paper relies on primary data from applicable statutes and secondary data from the public domain including relevant case study insights.


The smart regulatory hands-off approach adopted in the EU and the USA to a large extent bodes well for future innovative contributions of blockchains in the financial services and related sectors and toward enhanced financial inclusiveness.

Practical implications

The paper’s findings provide support for blockchain technology to advance with minimum regulatory brakes for greater value-adding and efficiency advancement, especially for financial services, thereby expanding accessibility and therefore financial inclusiveness.


This paper helps to draw greater attention to the technology underpinning virtual currencies. It also highlights other economic potentials flowing from blockchain advancement.



Yeoh, P. (2017), "Regulatory issues in blockchain technology", Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Vol. 25 No. 2, pp. 196-208.



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