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MoFo BioMeter, Volume 4, Issue 1 - Record 2014 Biometer Shows Strong Year For Biotech

The full-year 2014 BioMeter confirms that 2014 was a banner year for biotechnology. The average BioMeter value for the entire year across all transactions reporting up-front payments and stage of development was $58.7...more

European Securities Regulator Calls for Information Concerning Virtual Currency

On April 22, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) – the European Union’s (“EU”) securities watchdog agency – issued a formal call for evidence regarding investments using virtual currency or...more

IREG Update

Cybersecurity and the Insurance industry - Cybersecurity is quickly emerging as a top policy issue for insurance regulators. Speaking at a Dow Jones Risk & Compliance forum last week, on April 21, 2015, New York...more

Cyber Attacks on Financial Institutions Increasing in Frequency and Severity

Cyber attacks on financial institutions have become so relentless in their frequency and severity, that the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) directed banks this past month to enhance their...more

Target proposed settlement with MasterCard faces opposition

We previously reported that Target and MasterCard had entered into a proposed $19 million settlement to reimburse card issuers for expenses related to the re-issuance of credit and debit cards to customers affected by the...more

ESMA

The European Union has recently demonstrated additional interest in the potential uses of blockchain technology for financial services outside of virtual currencies. On April 22, 2015, the European Securities and Markets...more

It's Time to Register .Bank Domains

Beginning in May, banks will be able to register domain names with ".bank" extensions, such as "xyzbank.bank." The “.bank” domains will have enhanced security requirements and may only be registered by verified members...more

ESMA Issues Call for Evidence on Virtual Currency

On April 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a call for information (Call for Evidence) on virtual currency. Unlike recent studies performed by the European Banking Authority and HM Treasury, ESMA...more

New York’s DFS Reports on Third-Party Cyber Security

Why it matters - A new report released by New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) detailed the vulnerabilities found in the relationships that many financial institutions have with their third-party vendors....more

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Spokeo v. Robins

On April 27 the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, setting the stage for the high court to resolve a critical standing question that is an issue in almost all online privacy cases:...more

California's Bet on Precision Medicine

California sees opportunities in personalized medicine. Earlier this month, Governor Brown announced the creation of a two year initiative – California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine to “begin building...more

Structure your start-up for fundraising success - Part Three: Protect your intellectual property

If you’ve determined that your new venture is going to require outside investment, there are a number of things you can do to make your company more attractive to investors. ...more

Supreme Court to Consider Constitutional Limits on Statutory-Damages Suits

On Monday, April 27, 2015, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an important constitutional case that could dramatically limit the viability of class action lawsuits claiming millions or billions of dollars in statutory damages...more

New York Regulator Finds Substantial Cyber Vulnerabilities in Banking System

Earlier this month, Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services for the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), released a report finding “significant potential” vulnerabilities for cyber theft of...more

ESMA Call for Evidence on Investments Using Virtual Currency or Distributed Ledger Technology

On April 22, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a call for evidence on investments using virtual currency (vc) or distributed ledger technology. ESMA has been monitoring and analyzing VC...more

Lessons From Mt. Gox Bankruptcy

MtGox Co., Ltd., once the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange company, is insolvent, bankrupt, and now history. This history offers lessons to cryptocurrency startups. ...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - Insuring Against Data Breaches - Plaintiff in Foreclosure Action Snared by Evidence of Damages, Attorneys' Fees & Costs - Dodd-Frank Act Update April 2015 Edition - Bond Financing:...more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Spirox Secures $18.5 Million in Financing

Spirox has announced it has secured $18.5 million in series B funding. Spirox, based in Menlo Park, Calif., develops minimally invasive technologies to treat nasal obstruction....more

Intellectual Property: Crowdfunding and Confidentiality for Tech Start-Ups

I recently attended Launch Festival 2015 in San Francisco and Angel Launch’s LaunchFEST Mixer: Doing Deals with Silicon Valley—Attracting Funding, Angels, and Tech Trends in downtown Los Angeles. The events were very...more

Customers Submit Claims in Mt. Gox Bankruptcy

Thousands of creditors may receive disbursements from the bankruptcy of MtGox, Co. Ltd., a Japanese corporation that once ran the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange. The bankruptcy filing last year was a rude awakening to Mt....more

China Appears To Delay Implementation Of New IT Security Measures In Banking Sector In Response To US, Canadian, EU, Japanese...

In response to concerns raised by the governments of the United States, Canada, the European Union and Japan - bilaterally and at the World Trade Organization (WTO) - the Chinese government appears to have placed...more

Structure your start-up for fundraising success - Part Two: Organize your corporate records

If you’ve determined that your new venture is going to require outside investment, there are a number of things you can do to make your company more attractive to investors....more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 16

In this issue: - SEC Committee to Focus on the Order Protection Rule at Upcoming Meeting - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to SEFs and DCMs in Connection with Swaps with Operational or Clerical Errors - CFTC...more

New York State Department of Financial Services Publishes Survey Results on Banking Industry Third-Party Service Providers and...

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) recently published the results of its cybersecurity survey of more than 150 regulated small, medium, and large banking organizations. The survey asked for...more

NAIC Update – Spring 2015

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its first national meeting for 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona, from March 26 through March 31. Noteworthy new initiatives include cybersecurity, price optimization and...more

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