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Future Uncertain After SEC Rejects Bitcoin ETFs

by Goodwin on

On March 10, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) rejected the highly anticipated Winklevoss twins’ COIN bitcoin exchange traded fund (“ETF”), causing the digital currency to plummet 18% in value, to $978.76,...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 7

by DLA Piper on

Does it ever make sense to file something with the US government when it is not clear whether the filing is required, or what might need to be filed? Recently, the staff of the US SEC’s Division of Investment Management...more

Blockchain Week in Review – April 2017 #2

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

Blockchain and the Law - Overview of token sales and bitcoin property rights

by Perkins Coie on

On March 29, 2017, Perkins Coie partner Dax Hansen and associate Josh Boehm were invited to the Cyber Initiative at Stanford Law School to deliver a presentation on several cutting-edge legal issues relating to blockchain...more

Blockchain: UK regulator asks for input as it addresses emerging business models

by DLA Piper on

A Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) discussion paper is seeking views by July 17 on the potential for future development of distributed ledger technology (DLT) in the markets it regulates. The paper does not expressly define...more

What Do the SEC’s Recent Bitcoin Disapproval Orders Really Mean for Investors?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Regulators responded to a narrow question about trading bitcoin-based securities, with orders that should not limit innovation in bitcoin technologies. On March 10, 2017, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

One might think that Tesla shareholders would be thrilled with yesterday’s news that Elon’s car-making arm has surpassed even GM in market value. True, perhaps, but only to a point. Turns out that Tesla’s recent surge has...more

WSGR Fintech Update - April 2017

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present the April 2017 issue of the WSGR Fintech Update. This latest edition includes an article addressing guidance recently published by the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

SEC Rejects Second Bitcoin ETF Due to Lack of Regulatory Oversight

by Reed Smith on

On March 28, 2017, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a second denial of a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (“ETF”), following its rejection of the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust earlier this month. SolidX Bitcoin...more

When Will Blockchain Really Matter?

Early indicators in 2017 suggest that blockchain technology is further along than anticipated and the potential implications of its development should not be ignored. However, caution should be exercised due to imprecise...more

Treatment of Bitcoin Under U.S. Property Law

by Perkins Coie on

In this white paper, we analyze the treatment of bitcoin under applicable U.S. property law. We conclude that property interests should exist in bitcoin under such law, and that multiple sources of persuasive authority...more

SEC Denies Listing of another Bitcoin Fund; Petition for Review Filed for Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust

The SEC has denied a proposed rule change by NYSE Arca to permit the listing and trading of shares of the SolidX Bitcoin Trust. The reasons were substantially similar to the reasons the SEC denied a proposed rule change...more

The Tax Man Cometh For Bitcoin - NC Privacy Blog Talks To Digital Assets Tax Policy Coalition Counsel Cameron Arterton

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

A federal judge recently ruled that America’s largest Bitcoin service was obligated to provide the Internal Revenue Service with extensive transactional records concerning the financial transactions of its members. The...more

Blockchain – A New Era for the Energy Market?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Blockchain is more widely recognised as the underlying software technology used for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. This technology is also being increasingly applied to alternative opportunities, including in the energy sector. ...more

The Cross-Industry Promise of Blockchain

The blockchain protocol (a form of a ‘distributed ledger system’) was originally designed as a platform to process Bitcoin transactions. The protocol enables peer-to-peer transactions and eliminates the need for a trusted...more

FTC Hosts FinTech Forum on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technologies, Part II

by Hogan Lovells on

As previously reported, on Thursday, March 9th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a forum on the consumer implications of recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies. This is the...more

SEC Rejects Bitcoin ETF Proposal Citing Lack of Regulation

by Reed Smith on

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC“) issued an order disapproving BATS BZX Exchange’s proposal to list and trade shares of the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust. The proposal, if granted, would have...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Another tech-related disappointment for the Winklevii, this time with ramifications for an entire means of payment, as the SEC has rejected an application by the brothers to create an ETF tied to the price of bitcoin....more

SEC Order Prevents Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust

The SEC declined to approve a rule change submitted by Bats BZX Exchange designed to permit the listing and trading the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust. The SEC said it did not approve the proposed rule change because it did not...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

There’s been a bit of a stir in the paint world, with Dutch firm Akzo Nobel rejecting a takeover bid from PPG Industries valued at $22 billion. In a statement, Akzo claimed that the offer “substantially undervalues” the...more

Assessing the Prospect of a Bitcoin ETF As Deadline Looms

by Goodwin on

For the last 3 1/2 years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been considering whether to approve placement of the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust ETF (Nasdaq: COIN) on the Bats exchange. The Bats exchange is currently...more

The Bitcoin Blockchain: SEC May Approve Winklevoss Twins’ Bitcoin ETF

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Blockchain has been compared to the early days of the Internet: nearly everyone believes that it’s a world-changing technology with tremendous potential, but no-one can predict who the ultimate winners will be or what impacts...more

Blockchain and Secured Lending in Canada

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Blockchain, the peer-to-peer distributed ledger technology introduced in 2008 to support Bitcoin, has lately attracted attention for its potential uses in areas unrelated to the virtual currency. A recent Harvard Business...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The SEC is set to decide this week whether to okay a new ETF that could provide investors easier access to bitcoin, a potentially transformative move for the virtual currency....more

The Devil Is in the Details: SEC Regulation of Blockchain Technology

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Blockchain technology has captured the imagination of the financial services industry. Unfortunately, the adoption of the technology is impaired by a lack of clarity from regulators including the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

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