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Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 6 October 2017 – 12 October 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

BREXIT - Uncorrected evidence relating to Brexit from House of Lords Select Committee on European Union - On 12 October, the HoL Select Committee on the EU published an uncorrected transcript of oral evidence taken from...more

Not out of the woods yet: What the lifting of Sudan sanctions means for businesses and non-profits

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday, on October 12, 2017, the U.S. permanently revoked most sanctions against Sudan. This lifting represents the completion of a process that began in January 2017, and was extended in July 2017. ...more

Wild West No Longer: The SEC Brings Enforcement Actions Against Two Initial Coin Offerings

Ending months of speculation about when regulators would wade into the world of Bitcoin and other digital currencies, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently brought its first enforcement actions against...more

SEC Cautions on Use of Distributed Ledger/Blockchain Technology to Raise Capital

by Carlton Fields on

In July, the SEC issued a report addressing the applicability of U.S. federal securities laws to the offer and sale of securities by "virtual corporations or capital raising entities that use distributed ledger or blockchain...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Peltz/P&G drama continues, with the company suggesting that Trian has lost its bid for a Board seat and the fund arguing that it disagrees with the company’s counting of the ballots....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A roundup on Richard Thaler, the U Chicago professor named Monday as the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in economics for his groundbreaking work in behavioral economics (and the consistently irrational human nature)....more

The SEC Gets Hacked: What Now?

by Nossaman LLP on

It was recently revealed that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) EDGAR database, which is used by public companies to file official documents, was breached. According to the SEC, trading off of that hacked...more

SEC Brings Fraud Action Against ICO Creator

In its first lawsuit targeting Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges against the creator of the ICOs marketed as “REcoin” and “DRC.” The action, filed in the...more

Home Depot Settles Data Breach Class Action Case with Financial Institutions and Counsel for $42.55 million

Following its data breach in 2014, Home Depot was sued by thousands of financial institutions requesting recovery of costs associated with the issuance of new credit and debit cards to 50 million individuals affected by the...more

NAIC Cybersecurity Working Group Votes to Approve Insurance Data Security Model Law

by Carlton Fields on

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Cybersecurity (EX) Working Group (Cybersecurity WG) approved Version 6 (Finalized) of its Insurance Data Security Model Law (Model) on August 7 at the NAIC Summer...more

The Mummy, Equifax and Dust in the end

by Thomas Fox on

It is the dust in end that Equifax created from its statements over the past week and actions which led to the massive data breach in the first place. The former head of the company, Richard Smith, testified before Congress...more

The SEC Takes Action Against Peddler of Allegedly Fraudulent ICOs

by Hogan Lovells on

On Friday, September 29, the SEC filed an emergency action in Federal District Court in New York against Maksim Zaslavskiy and two of his companies, REcoin Group and Diamond Reserve Club. Please see full Publication below...more

SEC Cracks Down on Fraudulent ICOs in Latest Enforcement Action

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Two initial coin offerings (ICOs) were the target of a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action filed on September 29. Based on the SEC’s descriptions, both ICOs, on their face, appear to be frauds, with...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Equifax’s ex-CEO Richard Smith will be on the Hill today to address the a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Smith is expected to report that a “widespread breakdown in security safeguards” at his former...more

MAS Clarifies Regulatory Position on Digital Token Offerings in Singapore

by Morgan Lewis on

The Monetary Authority of Singapore indicates that various forms of crowdfunding involving the use of digital tokens likely will be regulated if the digital tokens constitute products regulated under the Securities and...more

The SEC Addresses Initial Coin Offerings

by Carlton Fields on

On July 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Report of Investigation pursuant to Section 21(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Report) and an Investor Bulletin: Initial Coin Offerings...more

SEC Busts Fraudulent Initial Coin Offerings

The SEC charged a businessman and two companies with defrauding investors in a pair of so-called initial coin offerings, or ICOs, purportedly backed by investments in real estate and diamonds....more

Nutter Bank Report, September 2017

Federal Banking Agencies Propose Simplifications to Regulatory Capital Rules - The federal banking agencies have proposed amendments to their regulatory capital rules intended to simplify the capital treatment for mortgage...more

Bitcoin and Bankruptcy: What You Need to Know about the Value of Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies in Bankruptcy

It is hard to peruse the internet or even mainstream media outlets without hearing about bitcoin. What is this ubiquitous bitcoin? It depends on whom you ask....more

Equifax Breach: Lessons Corporations Must Learn from Equifax’s Poor Planning and Response

Equifax’s stunning security breach and inadequate response has now claimed its most prominent victim – the CEO of Equifax, Richard Smith, announced his immediate resignation. In light of this rapid fall from grace, here...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Equifax CEO Richard F. Smith is out as the fallout continues from the massive cyberbreach of the consumer credit reporting agency that exposed the personal information of as many as 143 million people....more

China moves to limit activities relating to ICOs and Cryptocurrencies: game over or level up?

by Hogan Lovells on

On 4 September 2017, the People's Bank of China ("PBOC") and six other government agencies issued the Statement on Preventing the Risks of Fund Raising through Initial Coin Offerings (the "ICO Statement"), declaring that...more

Equifax Data Breach Highlights SEC Disclosure Obligations for Public Companies in the Wake of Cybersecurity Attacks

On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the country’s three primary credit reporting bureaus, announced it had suffered a major cybersecurity breach that could potentially affect half of the U.S. population. According to the...more

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Uber’s got more than a spot of bother on its hands in London after this morning’s announcement that the company’s largest market in Europe won’t renew the ride-hailing service’s license to operate in the city (citing “a lack...more

New York DFS Tightens Cybersecurity Gaps

by Carlton Fields on

Equifax takes no deposits and makes no loans, but New York now says that it, as well as all other consumer reporting agencies, must protect consumer data to the same degree as banks and other financial institutions. On...more

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