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SEC Chair Clayton’s Statement on Cybersecurity: EDGAR was Hacked

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton today issued an unusual statement highlighting the importance of cybersecurity to the agency and market participants, and detailing the agency’s approach to cybersecurity as an organization and as a...more

Cryptocurrencies: Are They Securities?

Cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, have been in the news a lot lately, but many people still don’t know what they are—or whether they’re regulated.  Here’s a quick rundown....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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The Systemic Risk Council—a heady group of “former top financial regulators, regulators, policymakers and academics”—is warning that the rollback of Dodd-Frank and other financial regulators could lead to bank failures and...more

A blockchain overview

by DLA Piper on

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology offers significant and scalable processing power, high accuracy rates, and apparently unbreakable security at a significantly reduced cost compared to the traditional systems the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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The White House announced its intention yesterday to blocked a China-backed investor from buying American semiconductor maker Lattice over national security concerns. The “rare move” could “signal more aggressive scrutiny of...more

SEC to ICO Players: Our Game, Our Rules

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) published an investigative report (the “Report”) cautioning market participants that the offer and sale of digital assets such as “coins” or “tokens,”...more

Funds Talk: September 2017 - SEC Investigation Warns Digital Assets May Be Subject to Securities Laws

On July 25, the SEC released an investigative report warning that “virtual” organizations’ offers and sales of digital assets may be subject to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of...more

Blockchain for Business

by Jones Day on

As the interest in blockchain technology grows, companies will be confronted with numerous decisions, challenges, and legal issues pertaining to its adoption. Relevant matters include the overall design and control of...more

SEC Hyperlink Rules Are Live

Effective September 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) recently adopted rules require most companies that file public reports to include active hyperlinks to each exhibit listed in the exhibit index, as...more

China Halts ICOs

China has put a halt to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) in China. In a recent notice, China declared ICOs to be an illegal fund raising tool and indicated it is reviewing previous ICOs for possible fraudulent practices. Money...more

What’s on the Menu for Private Equity Funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds, and Investment Managers

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In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells partner Michael Szlamkowicz talks about what types of transactions private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, and investment managers are considering and why life sciences...more

SEC Issues Warning on Certain ICOs

As the number and dollar volume of Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”) continue to increase, the SEC has taken a greater interest in this activity. As we previously reported, the SEC issued its initial ICO guidance on July 25,...more

Despite Growing Regulatory Scrutiny Initial Coin Offerings Remain Popular

by Morgan Lewis on

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) have become a hot new way to raise funds in 2017, with more than $1 billion raised so far this year. In an ICO, a company or individual creates a new type of digital coin (also known as a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Drugmaker Gilead has kickstarted a largely quiet period for big pharma deals with the announcement that it’s acquiring Kite for about $11.9 billion. Kite Pharma’s best known for its emerging cancer treatments that focus on...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - August, 2017 #3

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Scaling an EdTech Startup? Here’s What You Need to Know - If you’re an educator new to the startup game, stop by this two-part piece from Inc42 about the unique...more

SEC’s Cybersecurity Risk Alert Reflects Advisory Firms are Gambling with Your Data

by Burr & Forman on

In August 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued a Cybersecurity risk alert directed at financial advisory firms. As part of the SEC’s 2014 Cybersecurity Initiative, seventy-five firms,...more

Unchained: Delaware Authorizes Blockchain Technology for Corporate Records

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On August 1, 2017, Delaware became the first state to allow corporations to record issuances, transfers and ownership of stock using blockchain technology. The amendments were passed by the Delaware State Senate and House of...more

Scammers Strike Enigma Initial Coin Offering

In the latest example of security risks attendant to initial coin offerings (ICOs), on August 21st the blockchain startup Enigma reported that online scammers used fake solicitations for an ICO presale to steal approximately...more

Developments in New York and Colorado Cybersecurity Regulations

by Wilson Elser on

New York - For the first time since New York’s Cybersecurity Regulation (23 NYCRR Part 500) became effective on March 1, 2017, the Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued Frequently Asked Questions to assist...more

SEC Report Asserts Cryptocurrency Tokens Are Securities Under US Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The SEC’s published report of its first investigation focused on tokens sold in the context of an ICO sets the framework for future token offerings and raises red flags and legal hurdles to the resale or transfer of...more

SEC Watch: “Observations” from SEC’s Cybersecurity 2 Initiative

Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released its “Observations from Cybersecurity Examinations” conducted pursuant to OCIE’s...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Mr. Buffett’s decided to sell his massive 10.6 million share stake in General Electric, withdrawing from the company to which he lent roughly $3 billion to help see it through the 2008 financial crisis....more

SEC Report Highlights Financial Firms’ Cybersecurity Improvements and Shortcomings

On August 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a Risk Alert summarizing the results of its second cybersecurity preparedness examination. The...more

Delaware Blockchain Law Goes into Effect

by Morgan Lewis on

On August 1, 2017, Delaware’s historic blockchain law became effective. The Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) has always required corporations to keep records of their stock and stockholders. Before this new law was...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Somehow, despite months of high-profile sideshows, the business of Uber must go on, and right now that means a tough call for the board. It’s currently considering three investment offers, including one from SoftBank, to buy...more

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