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Bitstamp obtains first payment institution license in the world

Bitstamp, the third largest Bitcoin exchange in the world and located in Luxembourg, announced on April 25, 2016, that it has obtained a payment institution license from Luxembourg, which means it is the first nationally...more

"Insights Conversations: Debunking CFIUS Myths"

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is a critical component of cross-border deals involving U.S. targets. The head of Skadden's CFIUS practice, Ivan Schlager, and Palo Alto corporate partner Ken...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 1 [Video]

In this initial This Week in FCPA, Episode 1, Jay Rosen and I review this week's happenings in the world of FCPA. Today we discuss the 4th anniversary of the New York Times story about Wal-Mart in Mexico, the Harder guilty...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.20.16

As Yahoo took stock of its suitors yesterday, it released word that its business “continued to deteriorate in the first quarter, putting more pressure on the company to find a buyer quickly for its Internet operations.”...more

Government Seeks Civil Forfeiture of Funds Stolen in Business E-Mail Fraud

On April 14, 2016, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed a civil forfeiture action seeking to recover nearly $100 million stolen from an unidentified U.S. company through a form of wire fraud or...more

UK Government Announces Steps to Support UK FinTech Growth

The Economic Secretary to the UK Treasury, Harriett Baldwin, gave a speech at the 2016 Innovate Finance Global Summit in London. The Economic Secretary announced certain policies that the UK Government had adopted to support...more

How Many Times Do We Have to Tell You Not to Open the Cat Video

Everyone has been in a movie theater when one of the actors approaches that door to the basement behind which strange noises are coming. They reach out to turn the knob and in unison the audience is thinking “Fool, haven’t...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.12.16

Goldman Sachs—the last big-bank holdout—has agreed to resolve a spate of state and federal investigations related to its role in the 2008-era MBS debacle for an eye-popping $5.1 billion – WSJ and Bloomberg and...more

Payment Across Apps—and Borders

Digital currencies like Bitcoin seem tailor made for social peer-to-peer payment applications. Transactions denominated in or convertible to digital currency could be withdrawn and transmitted by users at virtually no...more

FinCrimes Update - March 2016 Summary, Volume 4, Issue 3

BREAKING NEWS: PANAMA PAPERS: IMPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL CRIMES COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONALS - A group of international news outlets published a series of articles this week regarding the so-called “Panama Papers;” 11.5...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

Recent indictment underscores threat to financial institutions’ cybersecurity

In an era of cyberwarfare, financial institutions can find themselves in the crossfire. The U.S. government indicted seven Iranian hackers last week, charging the individuals for their roles in a 2011 series of cyber-attacks...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

Logos Seeks Accredited Investors In Bitcoin Fund

On February 26, 2016, Logos Capital Fund, LLP (“Logos”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) a Form D Notice of Exempt Offering of Securities. As its Form D indicates, Logos is soliciting investments of...more

Cyber prosecutions update

The feds have been busy on the cyber prosecutions front. First, on March 18, 2016, the FBI announced that a multi-agency collaborative effort blew up an identity theft ring whose leader was an inmate in a Georgia prison. The...more

EU Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on Abusive Practices and Suspicious Orders and Transactions Under MAR

On March 9, the European Commission adopted a delegated Regulation (and an accompanying Annex) in relation to the EU Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). The delegated Regulation sets out arrangements, systems and procedures and...more

BuckleySandler Counsel Provides Testimony at Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology Hearing

Dana Syracuse, Counsel at BuckleySandler LLP, testified before the U.S. House of Representative Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade on March 16, 2016. The hearing was titled “The Disruptor Series: Digital...more

China Tightens Regulation of Online Publications

On Feb. 4, 2016, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (“SAPPRFT”) and the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology jointly released the Administrative Rules on Network...more

US Comptroller of the Currency Discusses Cross-Border Cooperation and De-Risking

US Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry discussed the importance of international cooperation and comprehensive cross-agency, cross-border approaches to cybersecurity and the fight to prevent money laundering. Comptroller...more

Another New Day in Cuba: The Obama Administration Further Loosens U.S. Sanctions

On March 16, 2016, the Obama Administration further loosened sanctions on Cuba in accordance with President Obama’s policy previously announced on December 17, 2014, and partially implemented thus far, to engage and empower...more

Mid-Market M&A: The Valuation Gap - March 2016

How big a part has a valuation gap played in stalling North American mid-market M&A? Pepper Hamilton partner Andrew Hulsh joined five leading professionals for their take in a report by Mergermarket. Over the last year,...more

Tightening Internet Regulation in China

The longstanding tension in China between expansion of service to the Internet and regulation of content on the Internet has entered a new phase. While the so-called Great Firewall remains in place to block unwanted overseas...more

Digital Banking and Payments Evolution or Re-Invention

The digital banking journey started over thirty years ago when “tele-banking” services allowed customers to interact with their bank using their phone without needing to travel to the branch during its opening hours. It...more

Cryptocurrency: A Primer

What is cryptocurrency? There is no one standard definition of cryptocurrency. At the most basic level cryptocurrency—or digital currency or virtual currency—is a medium of exchange that functions like money (in that it...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #5

EBA reports on supervisory colleges - EBA has published its annual assessment of EU colleges of supervisors. The report assesses how colleges have functioned during 2015 and identifies key activities for the effective...more

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