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Digital Currencies and Blockchain Technology Threaten to Disrupt Traditional Banking Services

To most people, the concept of digital currencies is synonymous with the name Bitcoin. However, hundreds of digital currencies exist. In fact, tracks 445 currencies, and tracks 732....more

Bitcoin: Cybersecurity Regulations on the Horizon?

As legislators grapple with creating legislation intended to bring virtual currencies, such as bitcoin, within the scope of anti-money laundering regulations, the vulnerability of Bitcoin exchanges to theft and other cyber...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - October, 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: White House: ‘A.I. holds the potential to be a major driver of economic growth and social progress’ - The closing months of the Obama Administration have...more

What is Blockchain? Why Does It Matter? Observations As North Carolina’s Virtual Currency Legislation Goes Into Effect

J. K. Rowling’s world of Harry Potter included an array of amazing artifacts; our personal favorites were the books and pictures that changed themselves. Two decades later, a world of Kindles and iPads echoes the wonders of...more

Digital Democracy: The Future of Voting

In the wake of the most intensely anticipated?—?and certainly the most Tweeted and meme-ified?—?presidential debate in history, I spoke on a panel last week on election and voting tech at the New York County Lawyers...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 10.4.16

The Journal gives us a closer look at Italy’s Monte dei Paschi—the world’s oldest bank (founded in 1472)—that’s deeply tied to Siena and that’s threatening to drag the whole of the region’s economy down with it if it fails,...more

Money, bits and banking: Florida case implicates legal status of digital currencies in the US

Introductory level economics textbooks often begin with a discussion of a surprisingly tricky question – what is money? In economics parlance, money is not simply what is in your wallet; rather, it is any asset that functions...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - September, 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The Hacking Law That Can’t Hack It - For 30 years and counting, courts have struggled with the vagaries of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a federal law...more

Blockchain and Public Securities: Shedding Light on 'Going Dark'

The application of blockchain technology to the securities market could prove to be a game changer by adding transparency, reducing costs and speeding up settlements. Initially known as the technology underlying the...more

Bitcoin Again Held to Be “Funds” for Federal Money Transmitting Purposes

Murgio decision reflects a growing judicial consensus around the application of money transmitting laws to Bitcoin exchangers. On September 19, 2016, U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan of the Southern District of New...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.21.16

Testifying before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf admitted that the illegal sham-account-creation activity at the heart of its recent SEC fine may have begun earlier than first reported....more

The Aftermath of the Bitfinex Hack

In our August 9 blog post, we discussed the Bitfinex hack that rattled the bitcoin markets and raised serious questions about the security of bitcoin wallets and allocating risk in this new age of cyber theft. Through a...more

European Commission tackles financing risks linked to virtual currencies

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to strengthen anti-money laundering (AML) and counterterrorism financing (CFT) measures related to virtual currencies. The proposal, adopted in July 2016, seeks to bring...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.12.16

The past 2 years have been just short of disastrous for most hedge funds. But even without much to show in the form of results, the world’s biggest fund manager—Bridgewater Associates—has attracted $22.5 billion in investor...more

Virtual Currency May Not Be Money but Dismissal Is Real

Is bitcoin money? Not according to a Florida judge who threw out criminal charges against a defendant accused of money laundering and acting as an unlicensed money services business in violation of state law. What...more

It's All About Blockchain - Don't Miss These 7 Reads

Don't miss these seven popular reads on Blockchain....more

Banks Announce Plan for Utility Settlement Coin

Several big banks running the very system of money exchange that bitcoin was created to replace are now planning on co-opting bitcoin technology. This blog previously discussed that banks were interested in using...more

Virtual Currencies: Court Rules that Selling Bitcoin Is Not Money Transmitting and Selling Bitcoin to Criminals Is Not a Crime

The ruling is an outlier driven by its unique facts and is unlikely to change the general regulatory landscape for Bitcoin businesses. In State of Florida v. Espinoza, a trial court in Miami recently dismissed all...more

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

Health Care Group News: Bitcoin. System Lockdown. Data Held Hostage. Ransom Demand.

If company executives are discussing the terms listed above, then their company is likely to have experienced better days. However, if the executives are in the "C Suite" or are the Compliance Officer, Privacy Officer and/or...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

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