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DTCC Explores Blockchain Technology

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, or DTCC, is integrally involved with settlement of trades in public company stocks. It has issued a white paper examining the use of blockchain technology to settle securities...more

Tax Review, January 2016

We are proud to present the next edition of our Tax Review which contains a selection of rulings and interpretations that were issued or published in November and December 2015. We hope that you will find in it information...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 17, 2016

The 4 Kinds of Series A Rounds in Enterprise - Elsewhere on this very blog, we’re in the middle of a three-part series on methods of Series Seed financing. But for those looking to make the leap to Series A, especially...more

"Developments in Oversight of Virtual Currency Businesses"

Virtual currency businesses saw increased oversight by U.S. regulators in 2015, and continued interest by federal and state authorities is expected as regulation evolves. Two recent developments in this arena are particularly...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.22.16

Stocks took a breather yesterday (that’s turning into something of a global rally this morning), helped along in part by rising oil prices and hopes of a new ECB stimulus package this spring – WSJ... Let’s call it the...more

"Bitcoins and the Blockchain: The CFTC Takes Notice of Virtual Currencies"

As interest in bitcoin derivatives has increased, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has turned more of its attention toward virtual currencies. For a little more than a year, at least two trading facilities...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.15.16

Goldman Sachs is ready to close a major lingering chapter of financial-crisis-era litigation, announcing yesterday that it’s agreed to a civil settlement of $5 billion to resolve claims related to its “marketing and selling...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 3, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2015 - Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2016 with a list within a list—dig into First Round Review’s best...more

eCommerce Regulation, Bitcoin, Anti-Money Laundering, Shadow Insurance, 401(k) Litigation [Expect Focus – Vol. IV, Fall 2015]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - California Passes Life and Annuity Electronic Transactions Law LIFE INSURANCE - - Under a Spotlight, "Shadow Insurance" Lawsuit Fails Scrutiny - NAIC Evaluates Insurer’s Use of Variable...more

Bitcoin: Currency, Property, and Now, Commodity

In September 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order filing and settling charges against a cryptocurrency company for conducting commodity options-related activity without complying with...more

Virtual Currencies and the Risks They Bring to Community Banks and the Financial Industry

Virtual currencies are once again at the forefront of discussion about top issues facing community banks and the financial industry as a whole. The Independent Community Bankers of America (“ICBA”), a trade association...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

Setting Up Shop in the UK? Don’t Overlook Your Card Payment Services

What are the specific card payment regulations that a merchant operating in the UK must follow? RC: The PCI DSS Compliance Standards are the key ones in respect of card payments and are enforced by the card brands...more

Overstock Digital Wars: A New Market Awakens

On the eve of the much anticipated release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the SEC approved Overstock Inc.’s plan to issue digital shares. The online retailer plans to issue company stock via bitcoin blockchain–an enormous...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 12.15.15

The Supreme Court just added a “Part IV” to the Times’ series on the impact of arbitration clauses on average consumers – NYTimes... Dealbook’s White Collar Watch column asks what makes a misstatement material in a...more

DOJ Announces Sentencing of Former Secret Service Agent for Involvement in Silk Road Investigation

On December 7, the DOJ announced that a former Secret Service agent was sentenced to 71 months in prison on charges of money laundering and obstruction of justice. Between 2012 and 2014, the former agent conducted forensic...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 12.10.15

It’s official now: Yahoo’s keeping Alibaba but spinning off its core internet business and Yahoo Japan. All the details here – NYTimes and WSJ... Some thoughts on what, exactly, that means for CEO Marissa Mayer –...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 12/10/15

Stories of interest this week include Google’s quantum computer (and bucket-load of patents), an AR-based visual browser, concerns over spying and toys, and more. In addition to the above news, some Intel-sponsored native...more

Enforcement Trends in Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency is on the rise...and so are enforcement actions. In less than a decade, cyptocurrencies have grown from a novelty reserved for those dealing in the illicit into a robust platform embraced by financial...more

Overstock.com to Sell Securities Using Bitcoin Blockchain Technology

Overstock.com has filed this Form S-3 which proposes to sell securities using Bitcoin blockchain technology. The S-3 has not yet been declared effective. First question: What the heck in blockchain technology? CFTC...more

Bridging the Week - December 2015

CFTC Brings First Insider Trading-Type Enforcement Action Based on New Anti-Manipulation Authority: Last week the Commodity Futures Trading Commission brought and settled its first enforcement action sounding in the...more

SEC Files Complaint Against Bitcoin Mining Companies for Running Alleged Ponzi Scheme

On December 1, the SEC announced that it charged two Connecticut-based Bitcoin mining companies and their founder with allegedly running a Ponzi scheme, from approximately August 2014 through December 2014, to defraud...more

Mining For Virtual Currencies – The SEC Charges Fraud

Virtual currencies such as bitcoin have grown in popularity. With that popularity it may well have been inevitable that the SEC would bring enforcement actions centered on the new phenomenon, alleging fraud. A new variation...more

Not a Coin Toss: Regulatory Agencies Bringing Enforcement Actions Against Virtual Currency Start-ups

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and the SEC are flexing their regulatory muscles to rein in securities and commodities rules violations by start-up companies in the virtual currency space. On September 17,...more

Global Tax News - November 2015

HANDS OFF DIGITAL CURRENCIES! CANADA’S SENATE CALLS FOR A LIGHT REGULATORY APPROACH Formerly considered a gimmick for geeks and gamers, digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, have grown into a worldwide phenomenon...more

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