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New York DFS Superintendent Lawsky Comments On Virtual Currency and Bitcoin Regulation

On October 14, Superintendent Lawsky delivered remarks on virtual currency and Bitcoin regulation in New York City. Specifically, Lawsky addressed the comments received in connection with the DFS’s July 17 proposal to...more

New York Attorney General’s Office Settles With Large Financial Institution

On October 15, the New York Attorney General’s office announced a settlement with a large financial institution in connection with a 2012 data breach. Of the $850,000 settlement agreement, New York State will receive over...more

Chip-and-PIN is Coming…To the US Government

Last Friday, in the wake of numerous data breaches, President Obama signed a new Executive Order that will change how federal agencies use payment cards and allow access to certain government portals. Those changes include...more

Banks are using your voice to fight fraud

Your bank is listening to you - Banks are using a new technology to protect your money and fend off fraud, and you wouldn’t believe what it is. It’s your voice. It’s not quite as magical as it may...more

Success Protecting Intellectual Property in the Lifecycle of a Pre-Sales Revenue Biotechnology Venture Destined for IPO

For a drug discovery start-up, patent protection of the intellectual property underlying the commercialization pursuit is critically important. If the company is a university or research institution spin-out that obtained...more

Tech Transfers in the Lifecycle of a Pre-Sales Revenue Biotechnology Venture Destined for IPO Success

Many biotech ventures begin life as an invention conceived by a scientist/professor working in a laboratory at a federally-funded university or scientific institute. The intellectual property underlying such inventions is...more

Bitcoin: Currency, Commodity or None of the Above?

In my recent post, I discussed the shortcomings of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code as applied to Bitcoin. Bitcoin does not fall within the definition of “money” under UCC § 1-201, nor do Bitcoin wallets come within...more

Securities Enforcement Forum 2014 — SEC/FINRA Investigations & Cybersecurity Priorities

Yesterday I blogged from the Securities Enforcement Forum 2014, Bruce Carton’s excellent one-day conference, held at the Four Seasons hotel in Washington, D.C. The posts will be fairly raw, and certainly not verbatim...more

CFTC Hears Testimony on Bitcoin

The Global Markets Advisory Committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission held a public meeting on October 9, in which one panel addressed Bitcoin. The meeting focused on informing the staff regarding basic...more

Technology Leaders Forecast Survey 2014

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - Tech Leaders Burst Bubble Talk: Execs See No Signs of Irrational Exuberance, Just Steady Growth Ahead - With a thriving tech economy, ballooning valuations and an IPO market humming at a...more

Will Using “Apple Pay” Keep the Data Breach Away?

Recently Apple unveiled its latest iPhones and other new products. While the big screens on the new iPhones are making the splashy headlines, perhaps the most interesting reveal, from a data privacy perspective, is not a...more

House Committee On Oversight And Government Reform Request Hearing Regarding Data Security Breach

On October 7, Elijah Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued a letter asking committee Chairman Darrell Issa to hold a bipartisan hearing to examine a recent data...more

FDIC to Banks: Prep for “Urgent” Threat of Cyberattacks

Financial institutions are facing an “urgent” threat of hacks and cyberattacks causing regulators to take a closer look at banks’ efforts to combat such concerns, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman...more

Apple Pay Wants to Be the Apple of Your Bank’s Eye

We have been rather busy counseling banking clients who are trying to decide whether to participate as Issuers in the Apple Pay program. The card issuing financial institutions (“Issuers”) initially announced for immediate...more

China Widens Entry to Medical Device Market to Investment, Innovation While Tightening Regulations on Existing Market Products

As the medical device industry in China continues accelerated growth, investors seek to capitalize on a roughly $65 billion market that is growing at an annual rate of 21 percent. Under recent changes to the regulatory...more

Foreign Investments in France Subject to the Prior Authorisation of the French Government

Since 2005, France has enacted various regulations in order to control foreign investments in French companies operating in specified sectors considered as being strategic or sensitive. As a result of these regulations,...more

Africa Update - October 2014 #2

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

To Stay or Not to Stay…

The Federal Circuit recently decided its second case on the issue of staying a district court patent infringement litigation pending Covered Business Method (CBM) review. In Benefit Funding Systems v. Advance America Cash,...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - CFPB to Regulate Nonbank Institutions That Fund Auto Loans - DOJ Suggests Banks Turn In Employees to Avoid Criminal Charges - Regulators Requiring Banks to Carry Higher Capital...more

Russia Issues Draft Legislation Prohibiting Virtual Currencies

Last week, the Russian Finance Ministry, in conjunction with the Ministries of Economic Development, Communications, Internal Affairs and Financial Monitoring, issued draft legislation amending existing Russian law to...more

Cyber Voluntary Payment Defense Thwarted by Bank Fraud Regulation

Financial institutions are one of the entities most threatened by cyber crisis events. As data breaches and cyber threats become more inventive, the risks to financial institutions and their clients continue to grow. However,...more

Top 10 IPO Tips from “On Your Mark, Get Set, IPO!”

On October 1st, Mintz Levin, New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), and Grant Thornton hosted “On Your Mark, Get Set, IPO,” a panel discussion concerning recent trends in the public offering market for cleantech growth...more

FinCrimes Update - September 2014 Summary, Volume 1, Issue 7

IN THIS ISSUE: BSA/AML & OFAC | Virtual Currency & Payment Systems | FCPA & Anti-Corruption | Criminal Enforcement. BSA/AML & OFAC: FINCEN OFFERS RED FLAGS GUIDANCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND...more

Blog: NYSE to Biotechs: Welcome on Board

On September 19, 2014, the NYSE filed with the SEC proposed amendments to Section 102.01C of the NYSE Listed Company Manual to adopt a new initial listing financial standard for operating companies based on market cap and to...more

Release of the iPhone 6 — Is Apple Riding the Security Wave?

Another month brings another reported massive data breach. On September 8, 2014, Home Depot confirmed that its payment data systems had been breached, potentially impacting customers using payment cards at the retailer’s US...more

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