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Once the subject of speculation regarding its possible consolidation with other agencies, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had an exceedingly busy 2014, with all signs suggesting that it will continue its aggressive enforcement...more
CSBS publishes Draft Model Regulatory Framework to promote consistent state regulation of virtual currency activities and protect consumers in the event of a breach. In March 2014, “Mt. Gox,” one of the largest and best-known...more
Any company that uses information technology is a potential target for data theft, advanced malware and other cyber threats. Cyber threats have emerged as a growing systemic risk particularly to the financial sector in which...more
“Virtual currencies” in general, and bitcoin in particular, continue to attract media attention as well as intense public and regulatory scrutiny.
In the United States, the recent establishment of the Digital Currency...more
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Tech entrepreneurs talk so much about “making the world a better place” that the phrase has been satirized on the HBO series Silicon Valley....more
When Apple announced on September 9, 2014 that the iPhone 6 would be equipped with a mobile payment system appropriately called Apple Pay, the entire mobile payment universe woke up. Although competitors had existed for...more
One of your first tasks in financing your technology company is likely to be completing your initial equity financing with outside investors. Typically, these financings are done with a venture capital firm (“VC”), angel...more
On January 16, 2015, the United States amended existing regulations to implement the changes announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014, liberalizing US sanctions and export controls targeting Cuba. As a result, the US...more
On December 15, 2014, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled in PNC Bank v. Wolters Kluwer Financial Services that defendant Wolters Kluwer Financial Services ("WKFS") was not liable for...more
The ATO released a draft ruling on the GST treatment of bitcoin transactions on 20 August 2014. A final version of that ruling, GSTR 2014/3, was released on 17 December 2014. While the ruling deals specifically with bitcoin,...more
Vascular Dynamics, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., provides minimally invasive solutions for the treatment of refractive or resistant hypertension....more
Digital innovation is reinventing the retail experience. IT is changing the way retailers interact with customers by integrating sales and communication channels, enabling in-store digital interfaces and diversifying payment...more
Now that enforcement agencies have determined that digital currencies are more than a passing fad, they are establishing more permanent efforts focused on the novel legal issues digital currencies present. The SEC’s formation...more
The SEC and FINRA are maintaining a steady drumbeat to motivate regulated firms to adequately protect themselves from cyberattack.
The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) began 2014 by...more
FINRA’s recently-released Regulatory and Examinations Priorities Letter for 2015 reflects substantial regulatory interest in high-frequency trading and other issues arising from trading technology. Regulatory concern over...more
From pet grooming services paid with currencies backed by aggregated gift cards to coffee shops in Palo Alto and San Francisco that accept digital currencies for a latte, many Californians are completing everyday transactions...more
Civilian application of drone technology has increased dramatically in recent years. The burgeoning civilian opportunities are a potential boon for investors, who view this emerging market as one that will expand long into...more
The Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership (“the Partnership”) recently released eight recommendations aimed at enhancing the data security of the payments system across the merchant and financial industries. The Partnership...more
Members of the Lead Director Network (LDN) met in New York City on November 13, 2014, to discuss crisis management and cybersecurity. Dan McGinn, a communications expert with more than three decades of experience advising...more
On December 10, the DFS issued an industry guidance letter to all New York DFS-regulated banks announcing new targeted DFS cyber security preparedness assessments. The new cyber security assessments will become part of all...more
On December 18, New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky delivered remarks on the revised BitLicense framework at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC. If adopted, the...more
On December 5, 2014, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance (Department) released TSB-M-14(5)C, (7)I, (17)S. This (relatively short) bulletin sets forth the treatment of convertible virtual currency for sales,...more
Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had “charged a California-based attorney and his wife with insider trading on confidential information obtained from a corporate client.” According to the...more
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On December 8, the SEC fined a computer programmer $68,387.07 for operating two separate online exchanges that traded securities using virtual currency without registering the businesses as broker dealers. Further, the SEC...more
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