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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

CFTC Files Its First Anti-Fraud Enforcement Action Involving Bitcoin

The CFTC filed a federal civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Defendants Nicholas Gelfman, of Brooklyn, New York, and Gelfman Blueprint, Inc. (GBI), a New York...more

Cryptocurrencies: Are They Securities?

Cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, have been in the news a lot lately, but many people still don’t know what they are—or whether they’re regulated.  Here’s a quick rundown....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Systemic Risk Council—a heady group of “former top financial regulators, regulators, policymakers and academics”—is warning that the rollback of Dodd-Frank and other financial regulators could lead to bank failures and...more

A blockchain overview

by DLA Piper on

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology offers significant and scalable processing power, high accuracy rates, and apparently unbreakable security at a significantly reduced cost compared to the traditional systems the...more

Equifax Data Suppliers Urged by DFS to Give Hack “Highest Degree of Attention”

Yesterday, New York’s top financial regulator asked state-chartered banks and insurers to take immediate precautions to protect consumers and the financial markets “in light of the cybersecurity attack” at Equifax Inc....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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The White House announced its intention yesterday to blocked a China-backed investor from buying American semiconductor maker Lattice over national security concerns. The “rare move” could “signal more aggressive scrutiny of...more

Outsiders and Insiders Are Behind the Fintech Revolution

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

“When’s the last time you were in a bank? Do you want to go to a bank?” This question was posed by George Vukotich, co-founder of FinTank, a fintech-focused organization that serves Chicago’s technology and start-up...more

SEC to ICO Players: Our Game, Our Rules

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) published an investigative report (the “Report”) cautioning market participants that the offer and sale of digital assets such as “coins” or “tokens,”...more

Funds Talk: September 2017 - SEC Investigation Warns Digital Assets May Be Subject to Securities Laws

On July 25, the SEC released an investigative report warning that “virtual” organizations’ offers and sales of digital assets may be subject to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of...more

Blockchain for Business

by Jones Day on

As the interest in blockchain technology grows, companies will be confronted with numerous decisions, challenges, and legal issues pertaining to its adoption. Relevant matters include the overall design and control of...more

SEC Hyperlink Rules Are Live

Effective September 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) recently adopted rules require most companies that file public reports to include active hyperlinks to each exhibit listed in the exhibit index, as...more

China Halts ICOs

China has put a halt to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) in China. In a recent notice, China declared ICOs to be an illegal fund raising tool and indicated it is reviewing previous ICOs for possible fraudulent practices. Money...more

What’s on the Menu for Private Equity Funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds, and Investment Managers

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In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells partner Michael Szlamkowicz talks about what types of transactions private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, and investment managers are considering and why life sciences...more

New York DFS Cyber Rules Go Live: Here’s Your Roadmap

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August 28, 2017 marks the end of the initial 180-day grace period for compliance under the New York Department of Financial Services’ “first-in-the-nation” cybersecurity regulations (the “Rules”). The initial regulations...more

Singapore Legal Update - August 2017

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SIC Takeovers Bulletin 3/2017: Management Buy-Outs and Other Matters - The SIC’s most recent bulletin sets out its views on the following matters: The information to be provided to a competing offeror in the case of a...more

SEC Issues Warning on Certain ICOs

As the number and dollar volume of Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”) continue to increase, the SEC has taken a greater interest in this activity. As we previously reported, the SEC issued its initial ICO guidance on July 25,...more

Blockchain Technology: Inevitable Disruption or Inflated Hype?

by Carlton Fields on

The virtual currency Bitcoin has gained notoriety and intrigued entrepreneurs, finance magnates and governments. Lauded and criticized for its ability to offer relatively fast, inexpensive and nearly anonymous transactions,...more

Despite Growing Regulatory Scrutiny Initial Coin Offerings Remain Popular

by Morgan Lewis on

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) have become a hot new way to raise funds in 2017, with more than $1 billion raised so far this year. In an ICO, a company or individual creates a new type of digital coin (also known as a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Drugmaker Gilead has kickstarted a largely quiet period for big pharma deals with the announcement that it’s acquiring Kite for about $11.9 billion. Kite Pharma’s best known for its emerging cancer treatments that focus on...more

SEC’s Cybersecurity Risk Alert Reflects Advisory Firms are Gambling with Your Data

by Burr & Forman on

In August 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued a Cybersecurity risk alert directed at financial advisory firms. As part of the SEC’s 2014 Cybersecurity Initiative, seventy-five firms,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Along with this week’s news that Amazon and Whole Foods are putting the finishing touches on their deal and have the government’s stamp of approval came word that as of Monday, the first official day of Amazon control, the...more

Unchained: Delaware Authorizes Blockchain Technology for Corporate Records

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On August 1, 2017, Delaware became the first state to allow corporations to record issuances, transfers and ownership of stock using blockchain technology. The amendments were passed by the Delaware State Senate and House of...more

Deadline to Meet DFS Cyber Regulation Is Monday

Banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions have only a few days left to comply with the first wave of requirements under New York’s controversial new cybersecurity regulation....more

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