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SEC Report Asserts Cryptocurrency Tokens Are Securities Under US Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The SEC’s published report of its first investigation focused on tokens sold in the context of an ICO sets the framework for future token offerings and raises red flags and legal hurdles to the resale or transfer of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Mylan will pay $465 million to federal authorities to resolve claims that it overcharged the Medicaid program by millions for its EpiPen products. Though large, the figure represents about a third of the estimated...more

The Ninth Circuit Revives Consumer Class Action, Finding Intangible Harm Sufficient to Confer Article III Standing

by Hogan Lovells on

The six-year fight over the type of harm a plaintiff must allege to satisfy the “injury in fact” requirement for lawsuits alleging false reporting of credit information took its latest turn this week. On Tuesday, August 15,...more

Incubate Illinois and Other Chicago Tech Resources

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

First, for those in attendance at the second annual Incubate Illinois Conference, held on July 12, thank you. You made the event a tremendous success. We set out to develop a forum where the greatest thought leaders in...more

Mistake in Your Credit Report? The Latest Spokeo Decision Suggests You May Have A Case.

In the 9th Circuit’s August 15, 2017 decision in Robins v. Spokeo, the latest in the long-running legal debate about when a consumer cause of action exists for a data breach, the 9th Circuit has declared that inaccuracies in...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert To Improve Cybersecurity Readiness

by King & Spalding on

On August 7, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) published a risk alert directed to the financial advisory industry, identifying cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could make the industry’s networks...more

NY Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Services Companies: Enforcement Begins Aug. 28

by McGuireWoods LLP on

August 17, 2017 The 180-day transitional period under the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies is set to expire Aug. 28, 2017. Financial services...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 50, Where's the Upside?

by Thomas Fox on

In this very topical episode Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the administration’s response to the events over the weekend in Charlottesville and what it means for business leaders, compliance practitioners and others...more

Day 12 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-Keeping Track of Current Events

by Thomas Fox on

In 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced resolution of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Hitachi Ltd (Hitachi). There were several interesting aspects to this...more

Day 13 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-Big Data and Continuous Monitoring

by Thomas Fox on

I continue my discussion of continuous improvement using big data in a best practices compliance program, with some thoughts on how to use it going forward. In an eBook, entitled “Planning for Big Data – A CIO’s Handbook to...more

Across the Board-Episode 4, Why Wells Fargo Needs Compliance Expertise on its Board

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I explore why Wells Fargo needs a true compliance expert on its Board of Directors. The Wells Fargo Board needs someone with compliance expertise to oversee of the role of the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO)...more

Day 11 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-the Desktop Risk Assessment

by Thomas Fox on

Another mechanism to facilitate continuous improve comes from ideas around risk assessments. Both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) make clear the need for a risk assessment to...more

Leadership Lessons from Dunkirk

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode Richard Lummis and I consider the movie Dunkirk and the leadership lessons which can be drawn from the movie and historical events. If you have not seen it, I would suggest you go to see what I believe is the...more

ISDA Considers the Suitability of Swaps Documentation to the Blockchain

by Reed Smith on

On August 3, 2017, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) released a whitepaper that considers whether derivative contracts could operate on a blockchain (the “Whitepaper”). The Whitepaper, titled “Smart...more

SEC Observations from Recent Cybersecurity Examinations Identify Best Practices

by Morgan Lewis on

The SEC continues to focus on cybersecurity as an area of concern within the investment management industry....more

FAQs about the FINRA Communication Rules

Understanding Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Rule 2210, Communications with the Public - What is Rule 2210, and what does it require? - Rule 2210 governs three categories of “communications” by FINRA member...more

Announcement Clarifies Regulatory Position on Digital Token Offerings in Singapore

by Jones Day on

In the wake of a recent increase in the number of initial coin (or token) offerings ("ICOs") in Singapore as a means of raising funds, as well as announcements from other concerned regulators, including in the United States,...more

Blockchain Technology Could Extend To Oil and Gas Transportation

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

The oil and gas industry has seen huge advances in the extraction of resources, thanks to cutting edge technologies like fracking. But it hasn’t exactly been a leader when it comes to digital adoption....more

Blockchain's Steady March to Legitimacy

by White & Case LLP on

Four separate events during the second half of July signal that virtual currency and blockchain are steadily becoming part of mainstream financial services. The interconnected histories of Bitcoin (the most common virtual...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Mr. Buffett’s decided to sell his massive 10.6 million share stake in General Electric, withdrawing from the company to which he lent roughly $3 billion to help see it through the 2008 financial crisis....more

Digital Currencies: FinCEN Shuts Down Foreign Exchange for Anti-Money Laundering Violations – Another Mt. Gox?

by Locke Lord LLP on

On July 27, 2017, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network for the Department of Treasury (FinCEN) seized the website of the digital currency exchange BTC-e for allegedly operating a multi-billion dollar money laundering...more

Are You Ready for the New York August 28th Compliance Deadline?  

If you are one of the many businesses licensed by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS), and cannot avail yourself of the (very) limited exemptions, you must be ready for the first compliance transition date for...more

Day 10 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-Controls Testing

by Thomas Fox on

Continuous improvement requires that you not only audit and monitor but also that you test your controls. In addition to the language set out in the 2012 FCPA Guidance, two of the seven compliance elements in the US...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 345-Mike Volkov on Linde Gas and CDM Smith declinations

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode Mike Volkov and I discuss the two official pronouncements from the Sessions’ Justice Department regarding FCPA enforcement. They were both declinations used under the FCPA Pilot Program, which was announced in...more

DFS Cyber Regulation Countdown: Who Should Certify Compliance?

Companies subject to New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) new cybersecurity regulation should be preparing to comply with the first round of requirements by the upcoming August 28th deadline: enacting a...more

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