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SEC Adopts Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity Rules

On November 19, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted new Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity (Regulation SCI), a set of rules designed to strengthen the technology infrastructure of the US securities markets...more

Privacy Tuesday - November 2014 #2

Here are three privacy stories to start your week - 1. Dear “financial institution” : how is your data security?! Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) announced (press release) that on November 18 the Senator...more

Digital Currency Corner - What FinCEN’s Denial of Payment Processing Exemption for Virtual Currency-Related Businesses Means for...

Why it matters - The rapid evolution of virtual and digital currencies has spawned significant activity in several federal agencies with implications potentially for traditional entities in certain cases. In addition...more

NY Financial Regulators Push Institutions to Tighten Cybersecurity

Following a string of publicly disclosed cyberattacks against both retailers and financial institutions, New York's top financial regulator called on the financial sector to be more proactive in its cybersecurity efforts. A...more

SEC Adopts New Regulation to Govern the Technology Systems of the National Exchanges and Certain Other Market Participants

On November 19, 2014, the five commissioners of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unanimously voted to adopt Regulation SCI, which stands for Systems Compliance and Integrity, to govern the technology...more

Taxation of Convertible Virtual Currency, Part III: Reporting and Penalties for Noncompliance

When it comes to Bitcoins and other convertible virtual assets, anonymity may not be all it’s cracked up to be. For one thing, an underlying assumption is that individuals who keep their financial transactions hidden have...more

U.S.-China ITA Breakthrough May Reduce Tariffs on High-Tech Products

On November 10, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced a major breakthrough in negotiations with China to eliminate tariffs on information technology products by expanding the scope of the International...more

A Q&A With Digital Media Investors Part I: Digital Media Funding Trends

Foley Partner Beth Felder gathered a group of digital media investor experts – Don Dodge, Developer Advocate for Google, James Geshwiler, Managing Director of CommonAngels and Eric Hjerpe, Partner at Kepha Partners – at our...more

DOE Announces New Grant Topics To Help Small Businesses Develop Clean Energy Technologies

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently announced three new subtopics related to bioenergy under its SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs...more

Supreme Court May Reject Argument that Opinion Statements Are Actionable Simply Because False

During oral arguments in Omnicare v. Laborers District Council last week, the Supreme Court appeared to signal a rejection of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ position that a sincerely held statement of opinion or belief...more

Trends in Terms of Venture Financings in Silicon Valley - Third Quarter 2014

Background - We analyzed the terms of 180 venture financings closed in the third quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results...more

CFTC Chairman Provides Guidance on Cybersecurity

On November 5, 2014, the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Timothy G. Massad, gave keynote remarks at the Futures Industry Association Expo 2014. Part of Chairman Massad’s remarks focused on the...more

FinCEN Releases Statement Encouraging Banks to Offer Services to Money Service Businesses (MSBs)

In what may be good news for emerging virtual currency companies and emerging payments companies, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) released a public statement yesterday regarding the willingness of banks to...more

SIFMA Issues Cybersecurity Regulatory Principles

Does everyone feel compelled to comment on cybersecurity issues? It seems that way. And on October 20th the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association jumped deeper into the fray when it issued its Principles for...more

Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council Releases Cybersecurity Assessment Results: Boards of Directors and Senior...

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released general observations yesterday from a cybersecurity assessment of over 500 community financial institutions. The cybersecurity assessment evaluated the...more

DOE Announces Technology Transfer Opportunity For Small Businesses

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) issued an announcement for its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs,...more

President Obama Announces $300 Million Investment In Emerging Manufacturing Technologies

On October 27, 2014, President Obama announced new plans to strengthen the manufacturing sector. One of the listed plans involved the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Agriculture, and the National Aeronautics and Space...more

Internet Startups: Beware of Being a Money Transmitter

So, you’ve got a great idea. Social media platforms are all about finding new solutions for old inefficiencies. And what’s more efficient than serving as a platform for an account holder to obtain a single cash payment in...more

Africa Update - October 2014 #5

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index® Falls for the Third Quarter of 2014, Although Sentiment for High-Growth...

An academic study titled “The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index®: Third Quarter—2014” (Mark V. Cannice, Ph. D, Department Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the University of San...more

FinCEN Rulings Designate Certain Virtual Currency Businesses as Money Transmitters

On October 27, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued two administrative rulings regarding virtual currency. The first administrative ruling concerns a proposed virtual currency trading and booking...more

California Attorney General Releases Breach Report with Key Findings and Recommendations for Retailers, Financial Institutions and...

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has released a “California Data Breach Report,” which presents a series of findings and recommendations based on a review of breaches reported to the Attorney General’s office in...more

Improving Data Breach Security, from the Customer’s Wallet on Up: In Wake of Massive Breaches, It May be Time to Consider...

In early September, Home Depot announced that it had suffered a severe security incident, which resulted in a massive data breach that exposed the payment card information of Home Depot customers across the United States and...more

Plaintiff’s Law Firm Steps Up Actions Against Bitcoin-Related Companies: Crypto Currency Exchange and Founder Sued for “Theft” of...

According to a complaint filed in a Florida court, a Cryptsy account holder is claiming that Project Investors, Inc. (dba Cryptsy) and its founder and CEO should be held liable for Bitcoin allegedly stolen from his Cryptsy...more

Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments - September/October 2014

The Williams Mullen Southeast State and Local Tax (SESALT) team is pleased to provide you with a comprehensive recap of important tax developments around the Southeast. VIRGINIA - INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX...more

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