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The Blockchain revolution: An analysis of regulation and technology related to Distributed Ledger Technologies

Blockchain is on the verge of revolutionizing how we interact in the digital world. It has far reaching applications from the Financial industry to many other sectors of the economy. The question is what is Blockchain, what...more

2016 Year End Review: Virtual Currency: DOJ and IRS Broadly Seek Virtual Currency Account User Information

Under Internal Revenue Code section 7609(f), the IRS may issue a “John Doe” administrative summons to discover the identities of unknown taxpayers. A “John Doe” summons can be a powerful enforcement tool because it allows the...more

Bitcoin and the IRS - The Battle Continues

Dispute is heating up over IRS’s attempts to get personal information about users of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. Last November, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) filed a petition in the United States...more

U.S. Department of Justice Obtains Court Order Authorizing IRS to Investigate Bitcoin Users

Using the same procedure it used to crack the secrecy of Swiss Banks, on November 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice obtained a court order allowing the IRS to issue a “John Doe” summons to Coinbase Inc., the largest...more

IRS on the Hunt for Bitcoin Users

Bitcoin is the most popular of the virtual currencies. In Notice 2014-21, the IRS advised that such currencies are not money, but property, for tax purposes. Two implications of this are that persons who use Bitcoins to...more

Digital Currency Exchange Customers Targeted in IRS Information-Gathering Sweep

Coinbase, one of the largest digital currency exchange companies in the world, will likely be asked to provide the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with transactional data and other information on all U.S. customers who used...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.12.16

The past 2 years have been just short of disastrous for most hedge funds. But even without much to show in the form of results, the world’s biggest fund manager—Bridgewater Associates—has attracted $22.5 billion in investor...more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update

Is Pennsylvania bringing back its tax on “computer-related services”? Pennsylvania’s new “Netflix” tax (enacted as part of Act 84 of 2016) covers more than just digital downloads and streaming services. Effective August 1,...more

Derivatives in Review - July 2016

An Overview of Proposed Regulation AT - Orrick attorneys authored an overview of Regulation Automated Trading (known as "Regulation AT") proposed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") in the May/June 2016...more

9th Circuit: Online Poker Accounts Not Reportable on FBAR

On July 21, 2016, the Ninth Circuit in United States v. Hom, No. 14-16214 D.C. No. 3:13-cv-03721-WHA (9th Cir. 2016), determined that a taxpayer who held an online poker account with PokerStars and PartyPoker was not required...more

IRS Issues New Requirements for IVES Participants

On June 23rd, the IRS dropped a bombshell on the lending industry. As of Midnight on July 1, 2016, many lenders will no longer be able to verify directly borrower income except through snail mail. If the IRS sticks to its...more

Agreement Toward Eliminating Tariffs of High-Tech Products to Take Effect July 2016

The European Parliament became the most recent body to ratify an expansion of the expanded World Trade Organization (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The deal had previously been committed to and signed by the EU,...more

Global Tax News - Poland: Tax exemption for venture capital funds aims to foster innovation

It is becoming increasingly clear that the legislature is striving to make Poland a technological and digital oasis. One of the tools intended to achieve this goal is a tax exemption applicable to venture capital funds....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

Corporate E-Note - April 2016

In an article published by the Birmingham Business Journal in the April 1 print edition, India Vincent provides insights on a series of questions related to cybersecurity, including some best practices to help monitor for and...more

Virtual Currency Guidelines

Despite growing pains, digital currencies and blockchain may be the future of payments and global finance. As with any disruptive technology that gains popularity quickly, building the legal framework to support it is...more

Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca faces leak of 11 million documents exposing thousands of clients

In late 2014, an anonymous source secretly leaked to a German newspaper reporter nearly four decades of confidential and proprietary data about shell companies registered by the multinational Panamian based law firm Mossack...more

Who Are The Likely Targets of the Offshore Law Firm Date Leak?

The reports of a massive leak of confidential client information from files of the Mossack Fonseca & Co., law firm could have far ranging effects from intelligence, law enforcement and commercial perspectives. The...more

GST to be removed from Bitcoin transactions – how best to fix the "double taxing" of digital currency?

The Treasurer, Scott Morrison, recently announced that the Government is committed to working with the FinTech industry on legislative solutions for the GST "double tax" issues that can arise on domestic transactions...more

2016 IPO Report

Our 2016 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market, plus useful IPO market metrics. We look at rates of adoption of JOBS Act relief by emerging growth companies, and recent FAST Act amendments...more

Massachusetts Net Worth “True Debt” Litigation Moves Forward—Oral Argument Held, Awaiting Decision

With oral argument and briefing complete, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s authority to increase the net worth component of a taxpayer’s corporate excise using its “true debt” analysis is under review by the Appeals...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - February 2016

As the Northeast begins (hopefully) to thaw out and we head into an early spring (so said the Groundhog), we are excited to deliver our new issue of TechConnect — our bimonthly newsletter on “all things technology” in the...more

Private Equity Fund Managers: Annual Compliance Reminders and New Developments

Summary of private equity firms’ compliance obligations, discussion of notable developments in 2015 and outlook for 2016. US federal laws and regulations, as well as the rules of self-regulatory organizations (SROs),...more

Singapore’s Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2016

Upcoming changes to the Exchange of Information framework hints at future adoption of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Common Reporting Standards. The crux of Singapore’s Income Tax...more

The United States Taxation of Bitcoins and Transactions Denominated in Bitcoins

On March 25, 2014 the Internal Revenue Service published Notice 2014-21 which described the United States taxation of Bitcoins and the United States taxation of transactions denominated in Bitcoins. This Notice generally...more

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