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CFPB Issues Consumer Advisory Concerning Risks of Virtual Currencies; Announces it Will Accept Consumer Complaints Regarding...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) issued a consumer advisory (the “Advisory”) in which it describes risks faced by consumers when engaging in transactions that involve virtual currencies. The CFPB also...more

HUD Notice Has Potential To Encourage Broad PHA Renewable Energy Rollout

In an effort to support President Obama's July 2013 Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued Notice PIH-2014-18 (HA). The notice offers guidance on federal incentives for...more

Financial Services Update: Crypto-currencies in Australia – specifically bitcoin

While the use of crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin have increased in popularity in Australia there has very little legal clarification provided by regulators or legislators in relation to its legal status....more

CFPB Issues Consumer Advisory on the “Wild West” of the Virtual Currency Economy

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently issued a consumer advisory summarizing the purported risks of virtual currencies, and announced that it would begin collecting complaints from the public regarding...more

Tax update: Australian tax and GST treatment of bitcoin and other crypto-currencies

Earlier today the ATO released its long awaited public guidance on the Australian tax and GST treatment of bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. This guidance was originally scheduled to be released on 30 June 2014. It was...more

New EU Sanctions Target Russian Oil Sector, State-Owned Banks and Military Exports

The European Union (EU) enacted Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 (the Regulation), which contains ‘Stage 3’ sanctions against Russia. These sanctions resemble – but in other ways are different – from the latest US...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Virtual Currency Advisory

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an advisory on the risks of virtual currencies. The advisory was issued two months after the Government Accountability Office requested that the CFPB look more...more

Privacy Tuesday: August 2014 #2

There is another retail data breach to talk about in this Privacy Tuesday post – privacy & security bits and bytes to start your week....more

New Guidance for Merchants on Ensuring that Service Providers Share Security Responsibility

For merchants, long gone are the days of using a card reader with a dial-up connection to their payment processor. Today’s omni-channel retailers rely on multiple third party service providers to complete payment card...more

CFPB Announces Two Actions Related To Virtual Currencies

On August 11, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB or Bureau) issued a “consumer advisory” concerning virtual currency and also announced that it would begin accepting consumer complaints about virtual currency...more

New York Virtual Currency Proposal Could Capture Bank Products, Card Rewards Programs

On July 17, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) proposed a rule intended to govern the virtual currency marketplace. The proposed rule is extremely broad and as currently drafted would appear to capture...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - 1H 2014

In this issue: - From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q2 2014 - Trends in High Pre-money Valuation Financings - Price and Preference - Excerpt from Trends in High Pre-money Valuation...more

New York Proposes Virtual Currency Licensing and Regulatory Framework

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) recently proposed a regulatory framework for virtual currency firms. In doing so, New York is the first state to propose a specially tailored regulatory framework for...more

Technology Outsourcing and UK Financial Services Regulation

The UK financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, has published a new list of considerations for regulated financial services firms planning to use third-party technology to support their operations. The...more

Key Metrics for Recent Technology and Life Sciences Initial Public Offerings - H1 2014

In this Survey: - Survey Results - Offerings Completed - Size of Offerings, Red Herring Midpoint - Size of Offerings, Final IPO Price - Aggregate Amount Raised, Red Herring Midpoint...more

The NYS Department of Financial Services Throws in Its “Two Bits” on Bitcoins

On July 17, 2014, New York State’s Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) announced proposed regulations for virtual currency companies operating in New York. Because the leading virtual currency is known as “Bitcoin,” the...more

Data Breach Litigation – A New Wave of Class Actions by Financial Institutions

Rarely does a day go by without news of a data security breach. According to the Identify Theft Resource Center, there have been a total of 447 data breaches to date this year, which represents a 20.5% increase over the same...more

House of Representatives Passes Department of Energy Lab Modernization Act

Last week, a bipartisan coalition in the House of Representatives voted in favor of HR 5120, the Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014. The Act, which seeks to reform the United...more

New York Becomes First State to Propose Virtual Currency Regulations

On July 17, 2014, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) became the first state agency to release proposed regulations specifically governing the crypto-currency industry. The proposed regulations were...more

Bitcoin Equal to Money According to District Court Ruling

Is it possible to commit money laundering with virtual currency? At least one federal judge thinks so. Last month, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest refused to dismiss a money laundering charge premised on the use of a...more

Government 2.0

With it spending up, federal agencies are finding they need to look outside their walls for qualified talent. This is presenting new public sector opportunities for private sector tech companies....more

CFPB Issues Consumer Advisory Concerning Virtual Currency

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a Consumer Advisory about virtual currency. The Bureau also announced that its consumer complaint database is now accepting complaints about virtual currency. The...more

Feds Announce New Loan Guarantees for Clean Energy Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new loan guarantee program in July to facilitate the financing of energy projects in the U.S. that employ innovative and renewable or efficient energy technologies that avoid,...more

Special Alert: Recent Regulatory Actions Impacting Virtual Currency Ecosystem

On July 17, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) proposed a rule intended to govern the virtual currency marketplace. The proposed rule is extremely broad and as currently drafted would appear to capture...more

Update on EU sanctions on Ukraine and Russia pertinent to Cyprus, BVI and Cayman

New EU restrictions and prohibitions - As the crisis over Ukrainian sovereignty has deepened, notably following the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the EU has sought to increase punitive measures on rebel groups...more

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