Gregory E. Xethalis

Gregory E. Xethalis

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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Judge Rakoff Rules that Bitcoin Is Money in New York Federal Court

On August 19, Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a ruling in the case of Robert Faiella, holding that bitcoins are “money,” citing the plain meaning of the term in The...more

8/26/2014 - Bitcoins FBI Judge Rakoff Money Transfer Popular Silk Road

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 33

In this issue: - ISS Launches New Equity Plan Data Verification Portal - ISDA Publishes Protocol for 2014 Credit Derivatives Definitions - FinCEN Issues Advisories for US Financial Institutions -...more

8/25/2014 - CFTC Class Action Class Certification Compliance Contests & Promotions Derivatives EMIR Equity Plans ESMA EU FCA FinCEN Fraud ISDA ISS Judge Rakoff OCC Rule 10(b) SEC Security-Based Swaps SEFs Social Media Swap Dealers Swaps

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Virtual Currency Advisory

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an advisory on the risks of virtual currencies. The advisory was issued two months after the Government Accountability Office requested that the CFPB look more...more

8/19/2014 - Bitcoins CFPB Virtual Currency

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 32

In this issue: - SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements - ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs - Consumer Financial...more

8/18/2014 - AIFMD Banks Derivative Suit ESMA EU FCA Federal Savings Associations Fraud ICE OCC OCIE PSLRA SEC Securities Fraud Virtual Currency

SEC Issues Guidance on Proxy Voting

The Security and Exchange Commission’s Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20 (IM/CF) on June 30 (SLB 20). SLB 20 provides guidance regarding proxy voting...more

7/30/2014 - Exemptions Investment Adviser Proxy Advisors Proxy Voting Guidelines SEC

New York Issues Proposed Bitcoin Regulations

On July 17, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued proposed regulations delineating a license process for certain businesses involved in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies (Proposed Rules). The...more

7/30/2014 - Bitcoins Department of Financial Services Financial Regulatory Reform Virtual Currency

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 29

In this issue: - SEC Approves FINRA Rule Limiting Expungement - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief from Certain Ownership and Control Reporting Requirements - CFTC Releases Rule Enforcement Review of ICE...more

7/28/2014 - CFTC FINRA Futures Insider Trading No-Action Relief Proxy Voting Guidelines Reporting Requirements Rule 10b-5 SEC

New York DFS Proposes First Comprehensive Regulatory Framework for Virtual Currency Businesses

On July 17, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) released the draft “BitLicense,” a proposed regulatory framework to license Virtual Currency Business Activity. The proposed regulations follow DFS...more

7/23/2014 - Bitcoins Digital Assets Licenses Licensing Rules Proposed Regulation Virtual Currency

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 28

In this issue: - FINRA Proposes to Adopt Rules on Quotation Requirements for OTC Equity Securities - CFTC Seeks Comment on ICE Clear Europe Portfolio Margining Proposal - New York DFS Proposes First...more

7/21/2014 - CFTC Equity Securities EU FDIC FINRA Margin Requirements Material Misstatements OTC Statute of Repose TCPA Vicarious Liability Virtual Currency

SEC Focuses on Burgeoning Liquid Alternative Funds Market

Registered investment companies that pursue alternative investment strategies (also referred to as "liquid alts") are a relatively new form of offering for investment managers accustomed to operating private investment funds....more

7/16/2014 - AIFM Compliance Fund Managers OCIE Private Funds SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 26

In this issue: - Delaware Fee-Shifting Legislation Delayed - SEC Orders Securities Exchanges and FINRA to Develop Tick Size Pilot Plan - CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling...more

6/30/2014 - CFTC FCMs Fee-Shifting Statutes FINRA Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund NFA No-Action Letters SCOTUS SEC Securities Securities Fraud Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Swap Dealers Swaps

SEC Releases Guidance on Affiliated Transactions of Series Investment Companies

On June 6, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management released a Guidance Update clarifying that separate series of a series investment company are each considered an individual company for the...more

6/25/2014 - Affiliated-Business Arrangements Guidance Update Investment Companies Investment Company Act of 1940 SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 25

In this issue: - Delaware Court of Chancery Rules That a Major Debt Holder and 48 Percent Stockholder Is a Controlling Stockholder and Owes Fiduciary Duties to Minority Stockholders - Delaware Court of Chancery...more

6/23/2014 - Compliance Controlling Stockholders Cross-Border Debt Debtors Disclosure Requirements FCMs Fiduciary Duty FINRA Fraud Investment Adviser Minority Shareholders Real Estate Market SEC Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Swaps

US Marshals Service Announces Auction of Silk Road Bitcoins

The US Marshals Service (USMS) announced that it will hold an online auction on June 27 to sell bitcoins contained in wallet files seized from the servers of Silk Road, the “deep web” black market shut down by the Federal...more

6/17/2014 - Auction Bitcoins Black Market FBI Popular Silk Road US Marshalls Service

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 24

In this issue: - Commissioner Kara M. Stein Calls for More Stringent Net Capital Requirements for Broker Dealers - US Marshals Service Announces Auction of Silk Road Bitcoins - Investment Adviser Accused...more

6/16/2014 - Akamai Technologies Bitcoins Broker-Dealer Digital Assets Enforcement Enforcement Actions Fraud Investment Adviser SEC Section 10(b) Section 10(b)-5 Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud Virtual Currency

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 23

In this issue: - SEC Chair Gives Speech on Equity Market Structure - New CFTC Commissioners Confirmed; Chairman Sworn In - CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Certain Transaction-Level Requirements...more

6/9/2014 - CFTC Commodity Pool CPO Cross-Border Derivatives Clearing Organizations Equity Markets Fraud NFA No-Action Relief SEC Swap Dealers Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 21

In this issue: - CME Delays Prohibition on Transitory EFRPs - JAC Issues Guidance on Margin Funds - CFTC Hands Out First Whistleblower Award - NFA Adopts Fee for Registration...more

5/27/2014 - Broker-Dealer CFTC CME Compliance Disclosure Requirements Energy Enforcement Actions Fees Financial Regulatory Reform Margin Requirements NFA Non-Disclosure Agreement Oil & Gas SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 20

In this issue: - Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Fee-Shifting Bylaw - FINRA Proposes Changes to FINRA Rules 7410 and 2121 - CFTC Staff Announces Streamlined No-Action Relief Process for Certain...more

5/19/2014 - CFTC Commodity Pool CPO Criminal Prosecution Fee-Shifting Statutes FINRA Fraud White Collar Crimes

FEC Approves Bitcoin Political Donations While SEC Issues Investor Alert

On May 8, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) unanimously affirmed in an advisory opinion that political committees (including candidate campaigns and political action committees) could legally accept small bitcoin...more

5/13/2014 - Advisory Opinions Bitcoins Campaign Contributions Election Laws FEC PACs Political Campaigns Risk Alert SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 19

In this issue: - FINRA Proposes to Amend Rule 11892 - SEC Approves FINRA Rule Change to Limit Self-Trading - FATCA Transitional Relief and Extension of Time for the Implementation of New Account...more

5/12/2014 - Bitcoins Conspiracies Cybersecurity Disclosure Requirements FATCA FCPB FDIC FEC FFIEC FINRA International Tax Issues Investors Privacy Laws Reverse Mergers SEC Self-Dealing

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 16

In this issue: - US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Partially Invalidates Conflict Minerals Rule - FINRA Proposes Rule 2081 to Prohibit “Bargained-For” Expungements - SEC Issues FAQs...more

4/21/2014 - Broker-Dealer CME Conflict Mineral Rules Expungement FINRA Fraud Hedge Funds SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 15

In this issue: - SEC Issues New FAQs on Conflict Minerals - SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Amendments to the Broker-Dealer Reporting Rule - FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Regarding...more

4/14/2014 - Broker-Dealer CFTC Collateralized Loan Obligations Conflict Mineral Rules FINRA Leverage Capital Ratio MTFs SEC Swaps

Texas Department of Banking Issues Guidance on Treatment of Virtual Currency

On April 3, the Texas Department of Banking released a supervisory memorandum on the regulatory treatment of virtual currencies such as bitcoin under the Texas Money Services Act. The guidance clarified that virtual currency...more

4/9/2014 - Banks Bitcoins Money Services Business Virtual Currency

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 14

In this issue: - SEC Requests Comment on FINRA Rules - CFTC Issues Interpretation Regarding Auditor Independence Standards - OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20 - NFA...more

4/7/2014 - Auditors Audits CFTC FATF FINRA G20 NFA ORC SEC Securities Fraud Virtual Currency

IRS Issues Pronouncement on Virtual Currencies

On March 25, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-21 (notice) containing guidance and frequently asked questions relating to virtual currencies such as bitcoins. Among other clarifications, the notice states...more

4/4/2014 - Bitcoins IRS Virtual Currency

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