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PCI DSS – What It Is and Why It Is Relevant to Your Business

Increasingly, companies are raising questions about PCI-DSS and its applicability to their businesses. This Legal Alert summarizes the basic aspects of PCI-DSS and its application....more

Charlottesville as a "Hotbed for Innovation": Fastest Growing Area in US for Venture Capital Funding

Where a court is located often determines the type of cases that it hears. For example, the "Rocket Docket" of the Eastern District of Virginia hears a large number of patent and technology-related cases both because of the...more

FinTech Focus: New European Directive on Payment Services (PSD2) Comes into Force

On 12 January 2016, the long-awaited revised Payment Services Directive (“PSD2”) came into force in Europe. This replaces the Payment Services Directive (“PSD”) that has been in place since 2007. The deadline for EU member...more

Trends in Legal Terms in Venture Financings in Israel - First Half 2015

Background —We have analyzed the terms of venture financings for Israeli and Israeli-related technology companies that reported raising money during H1 2015. Our survey does not include financing rounds of less than US...more

DTCC Explores Blockchain Technology

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, or DTCC, is integrally involved with settlement of trades in public company stocks. It has issued a white paper examining the use of blockchain technology to settle securities...more

Data Security in the Financial Industry: Five Key Developments to Keep An Eye on in 2016

According to a 2015 report on threats to the financial services sector, 41% of financial services organizations polled had experienced a data breach or failed a compliance audit in the previous year, and 57% listed preventing...more

Technology Industry Newsletter - January 2016

As we begin the new year, it is a good time to reflect on the emerging trends in technology that present opportunities to be explored by entrepreneurs who are considering starting new businesses and growing existing...more

Tips for commodity brokers and traders facing auto-renewal provisions in vendor agreements

Businesses of all kinds, and all sizes, enter into vendor agreements in the ordinary course of business. And like many third-party vendors, the types of vendors that cater specifically to the technology needs of commodity...more

SEC Announces 2016 Examination Priorities

On January 11, the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ (OCIE) 2016 priorities. New areas of focus include liquidity controls, public pension advisers, product promotion, and two popular...more

FinTech in the UK: Regulating Disruption

The United Kingdom Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser in its 2015 FinTech Report considered “FinTech” as the integration of “finance and technology in ways that will disrupt traditional financial models and businesses and...more

"Bitcoins and the Blockchain: The CFTC Takes Notice of Virtual Currencies"

As interest in bitcoin derivatives has increased, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has turned more of its attention toward virtual currencies. For a little more than a year, at least two trading facilities...more

Sanctions Round-Up: Fourth Quarter 2015 and “Implementation Day”

The International Atomic Energy Agency certifies that Iran had complied with all nuclear-related requirements of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action leading to the end of United States sanctions against the country...more

The CFTC’s Proposed Standards Identify Cybersecurity Best Practices

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) offered several reasons for proposing five new cybersecurity testing requirements for the commodity trading platforms it regulates in its December 23, 2015, Notice of Proposed...more

Digital Insights & Trends: Clearing and Settlement Platforms to Watch in 2016

2015 was the year that blockchain technology, initially used as the public ledger for tracking bitcoin, began to mature and expand beyond payments. While regulators focused on the risks associated with virtual currency,...more

SEC Outlines 2016 Examination Priorities

On January 11, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued its Examination Priorities for 2016. The examination priorities, which address issues across a variety of financial institutions, include (i)...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.15.16

Goldman Sachs is ready to close a major lingering chapter of financial-crisis-era litigation, announcing yesterday that it’s agreed to a civil settlement of $5 billion to resolve claims related to its “marketing and selling...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.13.16

Likely prompted by its ongoing SIFI battle, MetLife is reportedly looking to spin off its retail life and annuity business and break up what’s now the largest life insurance company in the US, with $880 billion in assets –...more

CFPB Reminds Companies of Automatic Debit Authorization Requirements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a compliance bulletin (“Bulletin”) reminding entities of their obligation to obtain consumer authorization prior to automatically debiting a consumer’s account for...more

Bitcoin: Currency, Property, and Now, Commodity

In September 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order filing and settling charges against a cryptocurrency company for conducting commodity options-related activity without complying with...more

European Commission Work Programme 2016: 'No Time for Business as Usual'

According to the European Commission Work Programme 2016 entitled 'No time for business as usual', this year the European Union is facing new challenges to which the Commission wants to respond in an ambitious and fruitful...more

The United States Taxation of Bitcoins and Transactions Denominated in Bitcoins

On March 25, 2014 the Internal Revenue Service published Notice 2014-21 which described the United States taxation of Bitcoins and the United States taxation of transactions denominated in Bitcoins. This Notice generally...more

FCA consults on MiFID 2 implementation

FCA has published its consultation paper on how it will change its rules to address the markets aspects of MiFID 2. See our detailed summary for further information. The consultation covers...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Lead Aggregators

On December 17, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it has taken action against lead aggregators that resold sensitive personal information to lenders and debt collectors. In a complaint...more

Third Party Service Providers Remain in the Spotlight

Yesterday, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released its Semiannual Risk Perspective (the “Semiannual Risk Perspective”). The Semiannual Risk Perspective covers “key issues facing banks, focusing on those...more

SEC Commissioner Encourages Commission to Bolster its Own Cybersecurity

On December 16, SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar issued a statement regarding the SEC’s cybersecurity protocols for its data gathering efforts. Commissioner Aguilar’s statement follows various SEC initiatives to gather...more

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