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Blockchain's Steady March to Legitimacy

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Four separate events during the second half of July signal that virtual currency and blockchain are steadily becoming part of mainstream financial services. The interconnected histories of Bitcoin (the most common virtual...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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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

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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

Court Decision May Slow SEC Approval of SRO Rules

The SEC must generally approve rules and rule changes by self-regulatory organizations, which are referred to as SROs. According to this SEC web page, there are 37 active SROs. The volume of rule filings submitted for...more

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Wells Fargo has reportedly uncovered another trove of unauthorized accounts, according to a regulatory filing on Friday. The bank also disclosed a CFPB investigation over potential harm to customers over its practice of...more

SEC Confirms Certain ICOs Are Securities Offerings; Regulators Renew Focus on Cryptocurrencies

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What Is an ICO? An ICO, or initial coin offering, is the sale of virtual coins or tokens, often as a means of capital raising by startup companies that are involved in blockchain technology. Depending on the terms of the...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Grants SEF and DCO Registration to LedgerX LLC

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an Order of Registration to LedgerX LLC (LedgerX) granting their request to register as a Swap Execution Facility (SEF). As a result, LedgerX becomes the 25th SEF...more

SPLITCOIN: The Impact of the World’s Biggest Cryptocurrency Forking Into Two.

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On August 1, 2017, Bitcoin, the world’s most capitalized and popular digital currency, was split into two separate blockchains, “Bitcoin”[classic] and “Bitcoin Cash.” The controversial decision to “Hard Fork” Bitcoin’s code...more

WSGR Fintech Update - August 2017

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present the August 2017 issue of the WSGR Fintech Update. This latest edition features an article on the State of Delaware's amendments to permit Delaware corporations to use...more

Global and U.S. Financing Trends in Fintech

Global fintech venture capital-backed financings are on course to hit record highs, according to a recent research briefing by CB Insights. For the first half of 2017, there have been 496 VC-backed financings that raised over...more

FinCEN Action Demonstrates the Agency’s Ability to Use Anti-Money Laundering Laws Against Non-U.S. Entities

On Wednesday, July 27, 2017, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced a $110 million fine levied against BTC-e, a digital currency exchange, for BTC-e’s alleged refusal to abide by...more

Manatt Digital - July 2017

Fast Intro to Cryptocurrency - An Overview - What is cryptocurrency? This is an important question to address because it is a digital technology that is quietly transforming our financial landscape in a very big way....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 29

BROKER-DEALER - SEC Cautions Securities Laws May Apply to Interests in Virtual Organizations - On July 25, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a Report of Investigation cautioning that certain offers and sales...more

Bridging the Week - July 2017 #3

LedgerX Approved by CFTC as First Derivatives Clearing Organization for Fully Collateralized Swap Contracts Potentially Settling in Bitcoin: On July 24, LedgerX was approved by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as a...more

U.S. Department of Justice Indicts Russian National and Bitcoin Exchange

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On July 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a grand jury in the Northern District of California had indicted Alexander Vinnik, a Russian national, and BTC-e, the bitcoin exchange that Vinnik allegedly...more

Do Not Expect Anonymity from Virtual Currency

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There is a widely held misconception that using virtual currency such as BitCoin assure the users that their transaction is anonymous. For this reason virtual currency is used to move money from countries with currency...more

SEC Speaks on Initial Coin Offerings: Tokens May Be Securities

No blockchain phenomenon has garnered more attention lately than Initial Coin Offerings ("ICOs"), which have exploded in value and raised more than $1.2 billion thus far this year....more

SEC Issues Guidance on Initial Coin Offerings

by Cozen O'Connor on

On July 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Enforcement issued an investigative report on a hot new fundraising phenomenon being used by emerging companies, venture capital funds, and hedge...more

Blockchain: The Policyholder Plan for Smart Insurance Policies

Insurers’ exploration of distributed ledger technology (DLT), commonly referred to as blockchain, continues to expand. Last month, AIG announced a partnership with IBM and Standard Chartered Bank P.L.C. to test a “smart...more

A Shot Across the Bow - and a Welcome One

by Sullivan & Worcester on

In the wild west of token sales, that some refer to as “initial token offerings,” on July 25, the SEC finally jumped into the fray and said . . . well, actually, not that much. The SEC investigated Slock.it, a decentralized...more

Between Bridges: SEC Declines to Prosecute Issuer of Digital Tokens That It Deems Securities Not Issued in Accordance with US...

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a Report of Investigation that concluded that digital tokens issued by an entity for the purpose of raising funds for projects – even if using distributed ledger or...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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A government audit report out yesterday accuses the US Dep’t of Housing and Urban Development of selling more than 100k distressed mortgages over a 7 year period to PE firms and hedge funds without following the proper rules...more

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The Fed’s Open Markets Committee meets today, and despite relatively robust economic numbers of late, the lack of oped-for inflation (among other things) is likely to keep the Fed from moving on interest rates again at this...more

DOJ Takes Down AlphaBay, the World’s Largest Dark Web Marketplace

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The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the seizure of AlphaBay, the largest criminal marketplace on the Internet, which was used to sell stolen financial information, identification documents and other personal data,...more

Lessons From the CoinDash Initial Coin Offering Hack

On July 17, 2017, the CoinDash initial coin offering (ICO) was hacked within minutes of its launch, resulting in numerous potential purchasers sending their money to a fraudulent address. The hack has raised many questions...more

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