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Florida Court: Bitcoin Isn’t “Money”, and Selling It Isn’t “Transmission”

A Florida criminal court has exonerated a defendant charged with violating state money transmission and money laundering laws. In Florida v. Espinoza, the State of Florida charged Michell Abner Espinoza with one count...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2016 #3

Editor's Note - MetLife Fights On. MetLife continued to fight its designation as a nonbank systemically important financial institution (SIFI) this week as the insurer filed its reply brief in the Financial Stability...more

Dude, Where’s My Bitcoin?

Somewhere in a lavish Mediterranean villa a drug lord wearing an off-white suit had a heart attack. Elsewhere a tech whiz in Silicon Valley refreshed his browser multiple times as his heart sank further with each reloaded...more

California Digital Currency Regulation Is On Again and Then Off Again

California first proposed a licensing framework for digital currency companies in February 2015, though the bill was inactive by September 2015. Just last week, California legislators introduced a bill that was amended from...more

Bitcoin theft highlights cryptocurrency regulatory uncertainty

The recent suspension of trading on Hong Kong based Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex following the apparent theft of approximately US$60m worth of bitcoins is the latest in a series of Bitcoin thefts. With Bitcoin still in its...more

Blog: Virtual currencies & the 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive: EBA criticizes Commission’s proposals

The European Banking Authority has published an Opinion, which criticizes the Commission’s approach to virtual currencies (VCs) and its proposed amendments to the 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive (4AMLD). In its 2014...more

Blog: California Senate converts proposed BitLicence into digital currency enrollment program

A Virtual Currency (BitLicence) Bill (AB 1326) was introduced into the California Assembly on 27 February 2015. A few days ago, the Senate amended that Bill to create a Digital Currency Business Enrollment Program instead;...more

Recalling Mt. Gox, Bitfinex Exchange is Latest Target of Bitcoin Hackers

On August 2, 2016, Hong Kong-based bitcoin exchange Bitfinex was the latest target of hackers who stole 119,756 bitcoins, for a total loss of approximately $72 million at that time. Some are estimating it to be as high as...more

Bitcoin Exchange Bitfinex Hacked

Bitcoin Exchange Bitfinex, based in Hong Kong, was hacked last week, incurring a whopping loss of $65 million. It was shut down last week after 119,756 bitcoins were stolen from users’ accounts....more

NC Legislative Update - August 2016

The 2016 Session - Lawmakers kept their promise of a truly short session this year. The legislature adjourned the 2015-16 Session sine die on Friday, July 1st, just before midnight. In total, the House was in session for...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.3.16

Look to Miami for the latest legal troubles for the country’s biggest banks. After most have finally put to bed the remnants of Great Recession RMBS litigation, a new tack by the city is looking to hold them responsible for...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

CFTC Considers Blockchain Technology

The disruptive effects of blockchain technology on the financial system may take several years to materialize. Nevertheless, in preparation, regulators are increasingly focused on understanding potential uses of blockchain...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.29.16

A federal judge in Idaho has dismissed a $24 billion lawsuit against Credit Suisse alleging that the bank and real estate adviser Cushman & Wakefield ran a “predatory loan-to-own scheme that . . . loaded four luxury ski and...more

Can blockchain live up to the hype?

Is blockchain the revolutionary technology that will rewrite the rules for the finance industry, identifying authenticity and verifying payment flows that arise at a business-to-business level or between business and...more

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2016 #4

Editor's Note - What Exactly Is Bitcoin? In a case featuring a sting operation beginning with meetings in a coffee shop, ice cream store and hotel lobby and ending with the sale of bitcoins to an undercover Miami Beach...more

Florida Judge Rules Bitcoin is not Money

On July 25, a Florida Circuit Court judge dismissed state criminal charges against a defendant who attempted to sell bitcoins for $30,000 in cash on the ground that bitcoins are not money. Defendant Michell Abner Espinoza...more

North Carolina Clarifies Digital Currency Amidst Growing Interest in Blockchain Technology

Earlier this month, North Carolina’s governor signed into law an updated Money Transmitters Act (MTA), which seeks to clarify the rules for digital currency. The updated MTA defines what North Carolina considers “monetary...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.26.16

Private equity bigwig Lynn Tilton has reportedly hired appellate superstar Paul Clement (after Gibson Dunn got the boot) to represent her in her “bid to revive her challenge to the [SEC’s] in-house court at the Second...more

Put a Fork in it: What’s Happening with the DAO?

If you have an interest in bitcoin, you’ve undoubtedly heard people refer to “The Blockchain.” Because the term “blockchain” can refer to any distributed ledger where “blocks” are added to the ledge by solving complex...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.22.16

EU financial watchdog ESMA has fined rating agency Fitch Ratings Ltd. $1.5 million for reportedly violating the EU’s rules for rating agencies relating to the 12-hour requirement, internal controls, and unauthorized...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.21.16

The Treasury Dept’s Office of Financial Research has found that money-market funds are increasingly entering into direct repurchase loans with large investors and insurers—another sign that “participants in short-term lending...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.20.16

We’ve heard about VW’s $15 billion settlement to resolve US claims by owners and regulators, but a spate of recent state AG-led actions shows that the fallout from the emissions cheating scandal is far from over. NY, MA, and...more

The Blockchain: Beyond Bitcoin

Blockchain - While many people in the U.S. are still skeptical that bitcoin will become a mainstream currency, both private and public sectors are gaining interest in the idea that the underlying blockchain technology...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed a settled FCPA action in which the employees in the China subsidiary of the firm designed and adopted a bribery scheme to circumvent the compliance procedures the company had installed as a result of an earlier...more

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