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China Halts ICOs and Token Sales and China-Based Trading Platforms Suspend Trading Amid Reports of Additional Government...

by Perkins Coie on

The government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has formally announced a suspension to all ICOs and token offerings and financing activities by releasing two notices, namely, the Notice of Seven Ministries Including...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

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Fed’s Open Markets Committee will wrap up meetings tomorrow, and it’s expected [markets be ready] to avoid a rate hike but reveal the beginning of a measured shrinking of the Fed’s $4.2 trillion mortgage/Treasury bond...more

Day 12 of One Month of Innovation in Compliance-Real Time v. Right Time Monitoring

by Thomas Fox on

If it is not clear already this month, innovation does not simply come from a technical or even service perspective but can improve your compliance program from a wide variety of perspectives. We have considered a variety of...more

Compliance Man Goes Global-Episode 1

by Thomas Fox on

I welcome you to a new series entitled Compliance Man Goes Global podcast of Compliance Report-International Edition. I am joined by Tim Khasanov-Batirov, a compliance practitioner who focuses on high risk markets for 17...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 349-Eisinger and Pelletier on The Chickenshit Club

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with Jesse Eisinger, author of The Chickenshit Club and Paul Pelletier, one of his key sources. ...more

UK Regulator Examines Scope of Securities Laws, Warns of Initial Coin Offering Risks

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The UK Financial Conduct Authority has released a statement on initial coin offerings. It focuses the circumstances in which an ICO might fall within the scope of the FCA's current regulatory boundaries as well...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - September, 2017 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: How Pro Rata Works in Venture Capital Deals - VC’s suffer from FOMO just like the rest of us. ...more

Day 11 of One Month of Innovation in Compliance-OODA Feedback Loop

by Thomas Fox on

Alistair Croll draws on military theory to illustrate his concept of a feedback loop. It is the OODA loop, which stands for observe, orient, decide and act. This comes from military strategist John Boyd who realized that...more

Fintech Alert: Will Delaware or California Adjudicate a $1 Billion Commercial Contract Dispute Related to a Cryptocurrency?

by Blank Rome LLP on

Corporate Litigation - Action Item: As Jamie Dimon, the CEO at J.P. Morgan Chase, continues to criticize Bitcoin as a fraud, and the Securities and Exchange Commission warns of the potential dangers of investing in initial...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 15

by Jones Day on

UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - FTC Comments on Improvements to IoT Device Security - On June 19, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") submitted comments to a working group organized by the...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 68, for the week ending September 15, the Ugly Win Edition

by Thomas Fox on

1. Equifax continues to be in the news. 2. Julie DiMauro interviews Philip Urofsky on the US commitment to enforcing the FCPA. 3. A new scorecard is out on the amounts of money paid as bribes by the Brazilian construction...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - The Roundup has been on hiatus since its August 23 edition. Since then, we have had the misfortune to witness the widespread devastation inflicted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Our hearts go out to the...more

Day 9 of One Month of Innovation in Compliance-Disruptive Innovation

by Thomas Fox on

One of the key things the Department of Justice (DOJ) has consistently communicated is the importance of operationalizing rather than having a paper compliance program in place. The Department of Justice’s Evaluation of...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 17, the Post Harvey Edition, Part I

by Thomas Fox on

The top compliance roundtable podcast is back with a wealth of new topics. In this Part I of a two-part episode, we have thoughts from Jonathan Armstrong and Jay Rosen. Next week, Mike Volkov and Matt Kelly. Stayed tuned to...more

OCIE Releases Cybersecurity Risk Alert

by Bracewell LLP on

On August 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a Risk Alert summarizing its most recent cybersecurity examination findings. As a part of its Phase...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

SEC Focuses on Initial Coin Offerings: Tokens May Be Securities Under Federal Securities Laws

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently taken several actions to make clear that it is focused on and actively monitoring the rapidly growing market for so-called “token sales” or “initial coin...more

Nevada Precedes Delaware In Blockchain Legislation

by Allen Matkins on

On July 21, 2017, Delaware’s 74th Governor, John Carney, signed SB 69 into law. This legislation amended various provisions of Delaware’s General Corporation Law (Title 8, Delaware Code) ostensibly to establish express...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 53-COSO ERM Framework

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the weeds regarding the COSO ERM Framework, which was recently released. We consider the structural framework, with five major components, each one supported by...more

Day 8 of Innovation in Compliance-Design Thinking in Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

Design thinking is another innovation which can help the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) move forward in a cutting-edge manner to make a compliance program not only more robust but also operationalize it into the fabric of the...more

Blockchain Week in Review – September 2017 #7

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

SEC Chief Accountant Speaks to Financial Statement Requirements for Initial Coin Offerings

SEC Chief Accountant Wesley R. Bricker recently gave remarks at the AICPA National Conference on Banks & Savings Institutions. Mr. Bricker spoke to the adoption of FASB’s new credit loss standard and related implementation...more

Day 7 of One Month of Innovation in Compliance-Blockchain Will Transform Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

Blockchain could help alleviate some of the more egregious scandals seen, beginning back with Enron and up through Volkswagen (VW) and Wells Fargo. They believe that blockchain could help to “codify ethics and integrity into...more

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