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Ukraine Crisis Update: US and EU Expand and Align Sanctions

The US and EU take coordinated action to broaden and align their Russia-related sanctions — which may evolve further depending on Ukraine peace plan progress. On September 12, 2014, the US and the EU announced new and...more

United States Tightens Sanctions Against Russian Financial, Defense, and Energy Sectors

On September 12, 2014, the United States issued another round of targeted sanctions against the Russian financial, defense, and energy sectors. Today’s measures were a combination of new measures and modifications of prior...more

US and EU Impose Additional Sanctions on Russia

The United States and European Union implemented new sanctions against Russia on 12 September 2014 as a result of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. While the new US and EU measures share many similarities, companies subject to...more

Target Files Motion to Dismiss Data Breach Lawsuit

By now, we all know about the massive data breach at national retailer Target over the 2013 holiday season. The cyber-attack was carried out by sophisticated criminal hackers, who allegedly gained access to Target’s network...more

Trends in Legal Terms in Venture Financings in Israel - First Half 2014

Background — We have analyzed the terms of venture financings for Israeli and Israeli-related technology companies that reported raising money during H1 2014. Our survey does not include financing rounds of less than US...more

Nebraska Federal Court Refuses To Dismiss Suit Claiming Breach Of Contract, Violation of State Law for Unauthorized Credit Card...

On August 20, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska denied motions to dismiss filed by a Nebraska bank and two credit card processing companies in response to a purported class action filed by a merchant...more

The Return of Biotech IPOs

Biotech IPO market activity has recently returned to levels not seen since before the financial crisis. This has been brought about in part by the accommodations afforded issuers under the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act...more

Brazil revises law on tax treatment of cross-border payments for data centers located abroad

Newly published Brazilian Interpretative Act (Ato Declaratório Interpretativo) N. 7/2014 expresses the Brazilian IRS’s view regarding the tax treatment applicable to cross-border payments for the use of data centers located...more

New Data Disposal Law in Delaware Requires Action by Impacted Businesses

While the federal government continues its inaction on data security bills pending in Congress, some U.S. states have been busy at work on this issue over the summer. A new Delaware law H.B. 295, signed into law on July 1,...more

New York’s Proposed Regulation of Bitcoin Businesses - Polishing Up or Polishing Off?

Thousands of commenters on New York’s proposed virtual currency regulations have had mixed reactions. The New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) recently extended the public comment period until October 21....more

Orrick Technology IPO Insights for Q2 2014

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Orrick Technology IPO Insights, a quarterly publication highlighting trends in U.S. information technology company IPOs. We isolate technology companies in order to analyze and present...more

Blurred Lines

Mobile payments are taking off, and by 2017, consumers worldwide are likely to be using the technology to spend $700 billion or more annually, according to Forrester Research. But as technology companies look for ways to...more

OCC Releases Revised Comptroller’s Handbook

On August 20, the OCC released an updated booklet providing guidance to examiners and bankers on assessing and managing the risks associated with merchant processing activities. ...more

Secret Service Raises Warning About Backoff POS Malware

The Secret Service, which investigates financial crimes, issued a security Alert on July 31, 2014, warning of malware named “Backoff” that was being used to steal payment card data from point-of-sale (POS) systems. The Alert...more

Financial Services Update: Crypto-currencies in Australia – specifically bitcoin

While the use of crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin have increased in popularity in Australia there has very little legal clarification provided by regulators or legislators in relation to its legal status....more

CFPB Issues Consumer Advisory on the “Wild West” of the Virtual Currency Economy

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently issued a consumer advisory summarizing the purported risks of virtual currencies, and announced that it would begin collecting complaints from the public regarding...more

Tax update: Australian tax and GST treatment of bitcoin and other crypto-currencies

Earlier today the ATO released its long awaited public guidance on the Australian tax and GST treatment of bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. This guidance was originally scheduled to be released on 30 June 2014. It was...more

New EU Sanctions Target Russian Oil Sector, State-Owned Banks and Military Exports

The European Union (EU) enacted Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 (the Regulation), which contains ‘Stage 3’ sanctions against Russia. These sanctions resemble – but in other ways are different – from the latest US...more

Privacy Tuesday: August 2014 #2

There is another retail data breach to talk about in this Privacy Tuesday post – privacy & security bits and bytes to start your week....more

New Guidance for Merchants on Ensuring that Service Providers Share Security Responsibility

For merchants, long gone are the days of using a card reader with a dial-up connection to their payment processor. Today’s omni-channel retailers rely on multiple third party service providers to complete payment card...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - 1H 2014

In this issue: - From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q2 2014 - Trends in High Pre-money Valuation Financings - Price and Preference - Excerpt from Trends in High Pre-money Valuation...more

New York Proposes Virtual Currency Licensing and Regulatory Framework

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) recently proposed a regulatory framework for virtual currency firms. In doing so, New York is the first state to propose a specially tailored regulatory framework for...more

Technology Outsourcing and UK Financial Services Regulation

The UK financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, has published a new list of considerations for regulated financial services firms planning to use third-party technology to support their operations. The...more

Key Metrics for Recent Technology and Life Sciences Initial Public Offerings - H1 2014

In this Survey: - Survey Results - Offerings Completed - Size of Offerings, Red Herring Midpoint - Size of Offerings, Final IPO Price - Aggregate Amount Raised, Red Herring Midpoint...more

The NYS Department of Financial Services Throws in Its “Two Bits” on Bitcoins

On July 17, 2014, New York State’s Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) announced proposed regulations for virtual currency companies operating in New York. Because the leading virtual currency is known as “Bitcoin,” the...more

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