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Bitcoin: Currency, Commodity or None of the Above?

In my recent post, I discussed the shortcomings of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code as applied to Bitcoin. Bitcoin does not fall within the definition of “money” under UCC § 1-201, nor do Bitcoin wallets come within...more

Securities Enforcement Forum 2014 — SEC/FINRA Investigations & Cybersecurity Priorities

Yesterday I blogged from the Securities Enforcement Forum 2014, Bruce Carton’s excellent one-day conference, held at the Four Seasons hotel in Washington, D.C. The posts will be fairly raw, and certainly not verbatim...more

CFTC Hears Testimony on Bitcoin

The Global Markets Advisory Committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission held a public meeting on October 9, in which one panel addressed Bitcoin. The meeting focused on informing the staff regarding basic...more

Top 10 IPO Tips from “On Your Mark, Get Set, IPO!”

On October 1st, Mintz Levin, New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), and Grant Thornton hosted “On Your Mark, Get Set, IPO,” a panel discussion concerning recent trends in the public offering market for cleantech growth...more

Blog: NYSE to Biotechs: Welcome on Board

On September 19, 2014, the NYSE filed with the SEC proposed amendments to Section 102.01C of the NYSE Listed Company Manual to adopt a new initial listing financial standard for operating companies based on market cap and to...more

FINRA Announces New Proposal for Brokerage Data Collection

On September 30th, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced a proposed rule that would implement the controversial Comprehensive Automated Risk Data System (CARDS). Under the proposed rule, FINRA seeks to...more

"Hong Kong v. New York: The Competition for Chinese Tech IPOs"

In September 2014, Alibaba completed the largest IPO in history, raising US$25 billion in its New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) offering. In the buildup to the high-profile offering, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited...more

New Data on Rule 506 Offerings

Crowdnetic, a provider of technology and market data solutions to the global crowdfinance marketplace, has shared with us for publication data collected through their network of intermediaries....more

Bit Bites: Latest Legal Developments in Digital Currencies

When Is Bitcoin “Money” Versus a “Security”? In motions involving a high-profile criminal prosecution with ties to Silk Road and a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action, two federal courts have clarified...more

Eastern District Court Of Texas Enjoins Bitcoin Investment Scheme And Orders Founder To Pay Civil Penalty

On September 18, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas held that the defendant’s bitcoin investment program was a Ponzi scheme, and enjoined the founder and the investment program from violating Section...more

The IPO Market In 2014: Are Boom Times Back?

A strong market for initial public offerings has long been seen as a bellwether for good times in the broader market. When companies are going public, the perception is that investors, management teams and bankers have...more

First Bitcoin Swap Proposed

According to Reuters reports on September 12, TeraExchange, LLC, received approval from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to begin listing an over-the-counter swap that is based on the price of a bitcoin. ...more

FINRA Board to Consider Rule Proposals Regarding Private Trading Platforms

The Board of Governors (the Board) of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is scheduled to meet on September 19 to consider rule proposals requiring heightened oversight of computerized trading strategies and greater...more

Sanctions Update: European Union imposes further measures in respect of Russia/Ukraine

This morning, the EU published further sanctions to increase the pressure on Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine. The new measures add to the already complex restrictions in place and should be carefully considered....more

Eastern District Court of Texas Holds that Bitcoin Investments Are Securities

On August 26, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas held that the Bitcoin investments at issue are “investment contracts” and “securities” within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Exchange...more

Manatt Digital Media - September 2014

Welcome to Issue #1 of the Manatt Digital Media (MDM) newsletter. Initially, we will publish these monthly—and look forward to receiving your feedback, since we want this to be a conversation and bring information and...more

The Return of Biotech IPOs

Biotech IPO market activity has recently returned to levels not seen since before the financial crisis. This has been brought about in part by the accommodations afforded issuers under the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act...more

Orrick Technology IPO Insights for Q2 2014

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Orrick Technology IPO Insights, a quarterly publication highlighting trends in U.S. information technology company IPOs. We isolate technology companies in order to analyze and present...more

Corporate Governance in the Lifecycle of a Pre-Sales Revenue Biotechnology Venture Destined for IPO Success

So how do biotech ventures govern themselves to run efficiently while complying with state corporate law statutes and state and federal securities laws and regulations imposed by stock exchanges? Frugality that is often...more

FinCrimes Update - July 2014 Summary, Volumn 1, Issue 5

FINCEN PROPOSES CUSTOMER DUE DILIGENCE RULE - On July 30, FinCEN released a proposed rule that would amend BSA regulations to clarify and add customer due diligence (CDD) obligations for banks and other financial...more

What 2014’s Continued IPO Surge Means for Clean Tech and Renewable Energy Companies

The year 2014 is on track to be the most active IPO market in the United States since 2000, with the mid-year total number of IPOs topping last year’s mid-year total by more than 60%. There were 222 US IPOs in 2013, with a...more

Cybersecurity as an Investment Risk

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi) have weighed in on the cybersecurity issue from an investor’s point of view in their paper called What investors need to know...more

Capital Structure Particulars in the Lifecycle of a Pre-Sales Revenue Biotechnology Venture Destined for IPO Success

The public securities markets and the underwriters that lead biotech companies into them dictate a common capital structure suitable for IPOs, which structure almost always deviates starkly from the capital structure of the...more

The Hot IPO Market Continues

The first half of 2014 has seen the hottest IPO market in 14 years – 133 IPOs priced, raising more than $30 billion in proceeds. This is already greater than the total number of IPOs priced during 2011 and 2012. The second...more

Sudden Impact

I was once interviewed live on Bloomberg radio at some god-awful hour in the morning, following a 30% drop in the share price of Ely Lily resulting from a negative decision in a patent case by the U.S. Court of Appeals in the...more

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