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Developments in New York and Colorado Cybersecurity Regulations

by Wilson Elser on

New York - For the first time since New York’s Cybersecurity Regulation (23 NYCRR Part 500) became effective on March 1, 2017, the Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued Frequently Asked Questions to assist...more

SEC Report Asserts Cryptocurrency Tokens Are Securities Under US Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The SEC’s published report of its first investigation focused on tokens sold in the context of an ICO sets the framework for future token offerings and raises red flags and legal hurdles to the resale or transfer of...more

SEC Watch: “Observations” from SEC’s Cybersecurity 2 Initiative

Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released its “Observations from Cybersecurity Examinations” conducted pursuant to OCIE’s...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Mr. Buffett’s decided to sell his massive 10.6 million share stake in General Electric, withdrawing from the company to which he lent roughly $3 billion to help see it through the 2008 financial crisis....more

SEC Report Highlights Financial Firms’ Cybersecurity Improvements and Shortcomings

On August 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a Risk Alert summarizing the results of its second cybersecurity preparedness examination. The...more

Delaware Blockchain Law Goes into Effect

by Morgan Lewis on

On August 1, 2017, Delaware’s historic blockchain law became effective. The Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) has always required corporations to keep records of their stock and stockholders. Before this new law was...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Somehow, despite months of high-profile sideshows, the business of Uber must go on, and right now that means a tough call for the board. It’s currently considering three investment offers, including one from SoftBank, to buy...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

OCC Solicits Public Comments on Revising the Volcker Rule - On August 2, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC") issued a public notice that it is seeking public input on revising the final regulation...more

SEC Provides Initial Coin Offering Guidance

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On July 25, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Enforcement issued a Report of Investigation (the “Report”) that concluded that the tokens issued in an initial coin offering (“ICO”) by a decentralized autonomous organization called...more

New Cybersecurity Rules for Colorado Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers

by Snell & Wilmer on

Colorado has adopted new rules that add cybersecurity requirements for certain entities with Colorado securities licenses. The rules are from the regulatory agency the Division of Securities. It licenses securities...more

The “Pharma Bro” Trial—Who Really Won?

After a five-week trial, a jury of five men and seven women convicted notorious pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli of securities fraud on August 4, 2017. Shkreli had been charged with two counts of securities fraud,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Is the SEC officially on record with a warning about the viability of unregulated ICOs? It is. Is that stopping start-ups from creating and selling new virtual currencies at a torrid pace? It is not....more

Martin Shkreli Convicted on Three of Eight Counts of Securities Fraud

On Friday, August 4, 2017, a federal court jury in Brooklyn, New York, found Martin Shkreli, former CEO of biopharmaceutical company Retrophin, guilty on three of eight counts of securities fraud. The verdict followed five...more

New Index Rules Likely to Significantly Impact Tech Companies with Multi-Class Capital Structures

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In response to investor concerns regarding an increase in the number of technology companies that have been implementing multi-class capital structures, index providers S&P Dow Jones, FTSE Russell and MSCI have adopted or...more

Delaware Authorizes Stocks on Blockchain

On July 21st, Delaware Governor John Carney Jr. signed SB 69 into law. SB 69 amends the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”) to explicitly authorize the use of distributed ledger technology in the administration of...more

Delaware Encourages Blockchain Technology Through Legal and Technological Innovations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 21, Delaware governor John C. Carney Jr. signed into law a series of amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) that will allow companies to keep shareholder information on blockchain technology-based...more

Delaware Law Embraces Digital Securities

by Perkins Coie on

On May 2, 2016, during a keynote address at Consensus 2016, Jack Markell – Governor of Delaware from 2009 to 2017 – announced a comprehensive program to provide an enabling regulatory and legal environment for the development...more

A Review of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

Given the SEC’s investigative report on initial coin offerings, I thought it would be interesting to review a small sample to see what else is really out there. I turned to coinmarketcap.com for information. In many cases the...more

Special Purpose National Bank Charter for FINTECH Firms

by Carlton Fields on

The office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) published a draft supplement to its licensing manual, to define and tailor the requirements for FINTECH companies that apply for special purpose national bank charters. This...more

SEC Speaks on Initial Coin Offerings: Tokens May Be Securities

No blockchain phenomenon has garnered more attention lately than Initial Coin Offerings ("ICOs"), which have exploded in value and raised more than $1.2 billion thus far this year....more

When is an Initial Coin Offering a Security?

As discussed in a post from last week, the SEC determined that Initial Coin Offerings can be securities. The finding stems from the SEC’s investigation into The DAO’s offering and sale of DAO Tokens (a form of virtual...more

Digital Tokens as Securities: The SEC Weighs in on the Debate

Orrick's global Blockchain Working Group is in the camp that believes the blockchain and associated token or appcoin innovations are here to stay and have the potential to be a significant disruptive force, but we will be...more

Using “Finders” to Find Capital: Avoiding Problems for Your Company

by Varnum LLP on

Raising money for your startup can be hard. Not every entrepreneur can walk into Silicon Valley with a business idea and walk out with multiple VC term sheets in hand. Sometimes the only path to financing your startup is...more

Blockchain and Initial Coin Offerings: SEC Provides First U.S. Securities Law Guidance

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Many initial coin offerings (ICOs) have recently raised large amounts of capital without the regulatory constraints of traditional initial public offerings (IPOs) and other capital-raising strategies. On July 25, the U.S....more

The SEC and ICOs: Putting the SEC’s Determination that DAO Tokens are Securities in Context

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a report (“Report”) detailing its investigation into whether the DAO (an unincorporated “decentralized autonomous organization”), Slock.it UG...more

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