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Congressman introduces fintech bill

Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry, Vice Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, has introduced the “Financial Services Innovation Act of 2016,” which is intended to provide a streamlined regulatory process for...more

Federal and State Authorities Take First Steps Toward Regulating Blockchain, Mobile Banking and Digital Financial Services

Last week, federal and state lawmakers took significant steps toward specific regulations targeting digital financial technology, mobile banking and cybersecurity, signaling the possibility of wholesale changes to the legal...more

Senators Urge President Obama To Raise Cybersecurity During G20 Summit

In advance of the 2016 Group of 20 (“G20”) Summit, which convened in Hangzhou, China, on September 4 and 5, several Democratic Senators sent a letter to President Obama urging him to make cybersecurity a priority. The...more

Why Congress Should Act Quickly To Reauthorize SBIR, STTR

Despite bipartisan efforts, the future is uncertain for the by all accounts highly successful Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Authorization for the current...more

California Digital Currency Regulation Is On Again and Then Off Again

California first proposed a licensing framework for digital currency companies in February 2015, though the bill was inactive by September 2015. Just last week, California legislators introduced a bill that was amended from...more

House Financial Services Committee to hold hearing on marketplace lending

Today, July 11, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit will hold a hearing titled: “Examining the Opportunities and Challenges with Financial Technology...more

Battle of the Somme Week – Part III: Lessons from Brexit

There have been a plethora of new books about the Battle of the Somme. Daniel Todman reviewed several in an article for the Financial Times (FT), entitled “Stories of the Somme”. One of the books reviewed, Breakdown: The...more

FDIC reports five “major” data incidents to Congress

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reported on Monday, May 16, 2016, that it had experienced five “major incidents” involving the disclosure of taxpayers’ personal information since the last incident we reported...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.12.16

Record-setting executive compensation aside (hey, that was so last year), hedge funds have been hammered by the recent spate of mega-deals come undone. Particularly hard hit are the funds focusing on “merger arbitrage”—a type...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - House of Representatives approves bill requiring warrants for email searches - It was a productive week on the Hill, as the House passed the Email...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Startup Funding Deals Fall to Lowest Level in Four Years - The Q1 numbers came in this week and they’re not pretty, showing the fewest total venture...more

Enforcing Pay-to-Play Violations

I recently had an interesting dialogue with a city attorney in a pay-to-pay state about a new and – from the perspective of candidates everywhere – concerning state trend in pay-to-pay enforcement: mandatory candidate...more

State Regulation Roundup Revisited

As discussed in a previous post, several states are in various stages of implementing regulations related to digital currency. Below is an updated summary of the actions currently underway....more

UN Security Council Tightens and Expands Sanctions Against North Korea

On March 2, 2016, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2270 imposing new sanctions and tightening old measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The resolution is in...more

"CFIUS’s Annual Report to Congress Highlights Decrease in Investigations, Need for Transparency "

Key Developments - The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is an interagency organization charged with identifying potential national security risks posed by foreign acquisitions of U.S....more

8 Key Takeaways From the CFIUS Annual Report to Congress

FY2014 CFIUS Report reflects significant increase in the number of transactions reviewed for national security risks, with Chinese investors continuing to lead the pack. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United...more

Trends in Transportation for 2016

Emerging “smart” technologies are dominating discussions in the transportation world. At the recent Transportation Research Board conference in Washington, D.C., one definitely gets the sense that we are at a turning point...more

Iran Sanctions Eased, But Restrictions Remain

The United States recently lifted certain sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, but the general prohibition on exporting to Iran remains in place. Specifically, on January 16, 2016 (commonly known as...more

Canada Relaxes Iran Sanctions - Making it Easier to do Business with Iran

On February 5, 2016, Canada significantly reduced its unilateral economic sanctions against Iran by introducing amendments (Amendments) to the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations (Iran Regulations). The relaxation...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #14

Treasury Committee publishes banking IT failure correspondence - The Treasury Committee has published correspondence between Andrew Tyrie, PRA, FCA and between him and RBS, HSBC and Barclays, relating to IT failures at...more

Iran Sanctions Implementation Day: Engaging in Business in Iran through Foreign Subsidiaries?

On January 16, 2016, various iterations of "Iran Sanctions Lifted" appeared in the headlines. Taking this quote literally, the assumption is that the doors are now open to freely engage in business with Iran. A closer look,...more

Iran Sanctions Relief and Further EU Regulatory Developments in 2016

On 16 January 2016 (“Implementation Day”), the majority of the European Union’s (“EU”) economic/financial sanctions against Iran were lifted after the International Atomic Energy Agency (“IAEA”) verified that Iran is abiding...more

Implementation Day and the Lifting of Sanctions Against Iran

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had fulfilled its initial nuclear-related obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that had been reached in July between...more

New Rhode Island Law Protects Victims of Businesses’ Data Breaches in 2016

Cyber data breaches affect individuals, businesses, and the government. Tens of millions of Americans are affected by data breaches every year. In 2014, CNN estimated that 47% of U.S. adults in the U.S. had their personal...more

Sanctions Round-Up: Fourth Quarter 2015 and “Implementation Day”

The International Atomic Energy Agency certifies that Iran had complied with all nuclear-related requirements of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action leading to the end of United States sanctions against the country...more

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