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College Pays Bitcoin Ransom to Unlock Encrypted Data

The scourge of “ransomware”—malicious computer viruses that prevent entities from accessing their own data until they pay a ransom—has spread to the higher education sphere. In early January 2017, a California public...more

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Ratings Agency Moody’s Corp. has agreed to pay roughly $864 million to resolve federal and state claims that it gave juiced ratings to risky MBS in the run-up to the financial crisis. Half of the total will end up in DOJ...more

Expect the Unexpected: The Year Ahead for the Financial Institutions Sector

With contributors across the sector and the globe, we've compiled a review of some of the developments that will affect financial institutions in 2017 and beyond. The one thing that 2016 taught us was to expect the...more

What does 2017 have in store for blockchain technology?

Many are expecting 2017 to be a great year for blockchain technology. As 2017 began, the price of Bitcoin, one of the most-recognized digital currencies using blockchain technology, rose to over $1,000 in the wake of market...more

Three examples of blockchain smart contracts – Internet of Things, commercial paper and daos

For thousands of years, society has recorded information in ledgers, ranging from clay tablets, books through to cloud based computer systems. Despite the advance of technology, all of these ledgers have effectively been...more

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The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation—the company that “serves as the back end for much Wall Street trading”—has announced a big step forward in the embrace of blockchain technology to track and report transactions. IBM...more

Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks...more

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Former NJ Senator and Governor Jon Corzine has reached a $5 million settlement with regulators over the collapse of his MF Global firm, which filed bankruptcy in 2011 and lost more than $1 billion in customer investments....more

Cryptocurrencies - prompt contrasting reactions by Latin American regulators

While used by organized crime, cryptocurrencies are also becoming accepted as a legitimate payment method by mainstream sectors of the economy in Latin America. Currently, some stores, start-ups, restaurants, hotels, and...more

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Lynn Tilton’s very public spat with the SEC over the agency’s in-house court system may be heading to the Supreme Court, thanks in part to a recent 10th Circuit opinion last week that created a Circuit split over the...more

Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom?

In recent years, businesses have witnessed the proliferation of cyber attacks, hacking, and other digital threats. One common threat is ransomware. In a ransomware attack, a company may lose access to critical systems and...more

All About Blockchain - Top 10 Blockchain Reads in 2016

A JD Supra list of the top reads on Blockchain matters in 2016....more

Blockchain: The Impact on the Real Estate Industry

By changing the way that information is digitally stored and exchanged, blockchain technology will alter the way real estate is recorded, transferred, financed and managed globally. Bitcoin, the popular virtual...more

U.S. Department of Justice Obtains Court Order Authorizing IRS to Investigate Bitcoin Users

Using the same procedure it used to crack the secrecy of Swiss Banks, on November 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice obtained a court order allowing the IRS to issue a “John Doe” summons to Coinbase Inc., the largest...more

New Social Payment Option Expands Reach of Bitcoin Users While Cutting Bitcoin Exchanges

Last week, Circle announced major changes to its application and platform. While many focused on Circle’s decision to cut its users’ ability to buy and sell Bitcoin, the breaking news may have been its decision to create a...more

Illinois Releases Proposed Guidance on Application of State Money Transmission Law to Digital Currency Activities

On November 30, 2016, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) issued a proposed “Digital Currency Regulatory Guidance” (the Guidance) regarding the application of the Illinois Transmitters of...more

On the Grid: Blockchain May Create New Possibilities for Grid Enhancements and Energy IoT Applications

Just as blockchain technology has allowed for the tracking and authentication of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency transactions, it could similarly mediate transactions in energy units. Blockchain technology — once...more

Blockchain – The Future of Real Estate?

Bitcoin and blockchain technology have been gaining publicity in recent years, and although they are primarily known for their use as a digital payment system, there are also promising uses in many areas where trust, cost and...more

Why Legal Marketing Technologists Need To Learn About Blockchain

As a legal marketing technologist, I feel that one of my responsibilities to my firm and lawyers is to keep an eye on and become knowledgeable about emerging technologies and the impact they will have not only on the legal...more

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Blackstone is spinning off a new housing maintenance and rental venture in the form of Invitation Homes LP, which could see an IPO as early as January 2017. Invitation Homes is the culmination of a four-year, $10 billion...more

IRS on the Hunt for Bitcoin Users

Bitcoin is the most popular of the virtual currencies. In Notice 2014-21, the IRS advised that such currencies are not money, but property, for tax purposes. Two implications of this are that persons who use Bitcoins to...more

The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities

Alien Tort Statute (ATS)/Torture Victims Protection Act (TVPA)/Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) - District Court Dismisses ATS Claim Where Alleged Conduct in US Was Not Directly Linked to Injuries Claimed in Other Countries...more

Digital Currency Exchange Customers Targeted in IRS Information-Gathering Sweep

Coinbase, one of the largest digital currency exchange companies in the world, will likely be asked to provide the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with transactional data and other information on all U.S. customers who used...more

Westworld: A summary of the Money 20/20 conference 2016

It is perhaps natural to assume that a transaction on the old West frontier at the turn of the twentieth century is a world away from the future of Fintech and payments. However such an assumption is misplaced for two...more

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The IRS isn’t waiting around for virtual currency to gain wider acceptance. No, it’s more than happy to go after Bitcoin users who have sought to use the virtual currency as a means of evading taxes....more

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