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Blog: European Parliament: Opinion on virtual currencies – regulation’s on its way (part 2)

The European Parliament’s Internal Market & Consumer Protection Committee has published an Opinion about virtual currencies. In the Opinion, which was prepared by rapporteur Ulrike Trebesius, the Committee calls on the...more

The Blockchain Revolution, Smart Contracts and Financial Transactions

Originally developed as the technology underpinning bitcoin, blockchain has been heralded as an innovative technology with wide-ranging application beyond digital currency (or cryptocurrency), including as a platform for...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Beneath the Hype: Why Developers & Entrepreneurs Should Be Excited About the Rise of Chat Bots - Last week we featured autonomous hardware as a growth area...more

DHS Warns of New Ransomware Threats

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) recently issued a joint alert with the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre warning of two new ransomware threats behind recent well-publicized attacks against healthcare...more

Virtual Currency Guidelines

Despite growing pains, digital currencies and blockchain may be the future of payments and global finance. As with any disruptive technology that gains popularity quickly, building the legal framework to support it is...more

Payment Across Apps—and Borders

Digital currencies like Bitcoin seem tailor made for social peer-to-peer payment applications. Transactions denominated in or convertible to digital currency could be withdrawn and transmitted by users at virtually no...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Announces Investigation Examining Global Competitive Conditions Affecting the U.S. Aluminum...

Background - On April 6, 2016, the ITC announced the initiation of an investigation to examine global competitive conditions affecting the U.S. aluminum industry. The ITC’s investigation was requested by the House...more

Demystifying Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology – Hype or Hero?

Move over Bitcoin. It’s the “blockchain”, the innovation that powers Bitcoin, that’s now grabbing all of the headlines. Supporters have been evangelising about the potential transformative power of distributed ledger...more

GST to be removed from Bitcoin transactions – how best to fix the "double taxing" of digital currency?

The Treasurer, Scott Morrison, recently announced that the Government is committed to working with the FinTech industry on legislative solutions for the GST "double tax" issues that can arise on domestic transactions...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.30.16

Our top hits of the past week just keep on coming, including: The Deal Professor reviewing the “snap judgments” on what led to Valeant’s current mess—explanations that include “Valeant as Enron,” a McKinsey-driven...more

Cybersecurity: past is prologue

Cyberattacks on businesses and developments in cybersecurity law took prominent places on the world’s front pages in 2015. As 2016 unfolds, we are not seeing this trend abate. Cyberattacks will only continue to grow in scale...more

Logos Seeks Accredited Investors In Bitcoin Fund

On February 26, 2016, Logos Capital Fund, LLP (“Logos”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) a Form D Notice of Exempt Offering of Securities. As its Form D indicates, Logos is soliciting investments of...more

Be Alert: Ransomware Attacks on the Rise

Big name companies, government agencies and individuals are all falling victim to “ransomware” attacks in record and still-rising numbers. Recently, Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital’s communications capabilities were disabled...more

State Regulation Roundup Revisited

As discussed in a previous post, several states are in various stages of implementing regulations related to digital currency. Below is an updated summary of the actions currently underway....more

BuckleySandler Counsel Provides Testimony at Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology Hearing

Dana Syracuse, Counsel at BuckleySandler LLP, testified before the U.S. House of Representative Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade on March 16, 2016. The hearing was titled “The Disruptor Series: Digital...more

Latest "Ransomware" Attack Affects Hospital Data – How Secure Are Your Patient Data?

Several high-profile attacks on health insurance companies and health systems have taught us that health care entities are vulnerable to hackers, who hope to make substantial profit on pilfered health information. The recent...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up: Top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by the Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the stories that we’ve been...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.15.16

Anbang Insurance Group, the Chinese insurer that surprised many with its nearly $2 billion purchase of the Waldorf Astoria 2 years ago, made an equally startling unsolicited bid to acquire Starwood Hotels for [a pricey] $12.8...more

Bitcoin traders allegedly bribe pastor to conduct transactions

New York federal prosecutors allege in an unsealed indictment that Trevor Gross, a New Jersey pastor at Hope Cathedral and Chairman of a credit union, was bribed $150,000 by illegal bitcoin traders to complete transactions...more

Cryptocurrency: A Primer

What is cryptocurrency? There is no one standard definition of cryptocurrency. At the most basic level cryptocurrency—or digital currency or virtual currency—is a medium of exchange that functions like money (in that it...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #5

EBA reports on supervisory colleges - EBA has published its annual assessment of EU colleges of supervisors. The report assesses how colleges have functioned during 2015 and identifies key activities for the effective...more

Beyond Bitcoin: The blockchain revolution in financial services

Blockchain technology is poised to transform the financial sector by increasing efficiency, transparency and security; reducing costs; and unleashing an unprecedented wave of innovation. Blockchain, the technology...more

A Hospital Held Ransom Highlights Healthcare as a Vulnerable Cyber Target

Security threats to healthcare providers continue to be fluid and fast-paced, as the most recent publicized cyberattack demonstrates. On February 5, 2016, hackers took control of the computer systems at Hollywood Presbyterian...more

Limitations on Blockchain Technology

Blockchain shows great promise for certain applications in the financial services industry, including securities clearance and settlement. Given all of the recent publicity, one has to consider the Gartner “hype cycle.” Some...more

Financial Services Industry Tests the Waters of Blockchain Technology

Many of the world’s leading financial services providers have started developing their own blockchains, either to facilitate the potential for creating their own cryptocurrency, to add an additional layer of security to...more

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