Société Générale's group legal director has called out for the establishment of an international bitcoin regulatory framework.
co-written by Dominique Bourrinet, group legal director of the French multinational bank; and his colleague Etienne Mauret, the consequences of bitcoin's undetermined legal status are discussed.
A loosely translated version of the article reads:
Despite branding the French authorities' efforts as "laudable", the authors continue to outline the need for an international regulatory framework that would quickly supervise this "new money".
Bourrinet and Mauret go on to warn against the associated risks of using cryptocurrency in the absence of regulation. Bitcoin, they say, offers no guarantee with regards to price or liquidity.
Additional negatives attributed to the digital currency in the article include its use in the purchase of illegal products and the potential for customers to lose funds as a result of "failure or destruction of the computer's owner or closure of the corresponding storage unit".
This is not the first time the bank – France's third largest in terms of assets – has dabbled in the crypto space.
In July this year, Société Générale posted a job advertisement for a bitcoin-focused developer.
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