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This Week in FCPA-Episode 58, the Declination Edition

by Thomas Fox on

After last week’s guest announcers, Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance related stories, including: 1. The first Declination of the Session’s Justice Department, Linde gas....more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 12

by DLA Piper on

On June 8, the United States House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) Act of 2017, which would repeal and replace the Dodd-Frank...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - June 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Google's New Office Space Could Have Huge Impact on Downtown San Jose - San Jose is the largest city in California's Silicon Valley, yet some of the tech industry's largest employers maintain their biggest offices...more

Financial Services Report - Summer 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - Summer blockbuster season is officially upon us. Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? What about Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2? It’s déjà vu all over again with Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alien,...more

New State Blockchain Legislation

by Reed Smith on

A number of states have jumped into the FinTech fray by enacting legislation or issuing guidance regarding new technologies and digital currencies. The latest of these technology-forward states is Nevada. Following the...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 335, Mike Volkov on Blockchain and Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Mike Volkov and I discuss how blockchain has the potential to transform compliance and may facilitate some truly revolutionary modifications in key businesses processes. I see some great value propositions...more

Blockchain Energizer Vol. 6

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and healthcare to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4...more

Blockchains, Smart Contracts and Real Estate

The real estate industry is frequently identified as one of the most likely early adopters of blockchain technology and smart contracts. However, industry participants remain skeptical as to the timing and magnitude of the...more

New Hampshire Exempts Bitcoin from Money Transmitter Regulation

The pro-bitcoin legislation trend continues. This month New Hampshire passed legislation that exempts persons using virtual currency from registering as money transmitters. Specifically, the law amends existing RSA 399-G,...more

Blockchain Week in Review - June 2017 #5

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

Nevada Passes Pro-blockchain Law

Nevada has passed a pro-blockchain law that recognizes blockchain technology as a type of electronic record for the purposes of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act and prohibits taxation and regulations regarding the use...more

New Nevada Law Recognizes Enforceability of Blockchain Transactions; Blocks Local Government Regulation and Taxation

Senate Bill 398, unanimously passed by the Nevada legislature and signed into law by the Governor on June 5th, represents the most far-reaching state legislation to date concerning the use of blockchain technology. Blockchain...more

Taking Stock in Blockchains

Corporate lawyers and software developers have been watching eagerly as the State of Delaware takes steps to enable Delaware corporations to issue shares of their stock as digital tokens. Instead of recording shares on paper...more

Africa Stand Up: Strengthening supply chains – the key challenge for Africa

by Hogan Lovells on

Supply chain development is at the heart of any ability for Africa to "Stand Up". Without urgent improvement Africa risks remaining a supplier of primary materials to which others add value, leaving it vulnerable to the...more

Blockchain and the Future of Compliance

by Michael Volkov on

At a recent conference of the high-tech industry, an IBM representative provided a presentation on blockchain technology and the application to compliance programs. It was a fascinating presentation. Maybe I am coming to the...more

“The Future is Now” — Compliance and Technology

by Michael Volkov on

This posting is not a “pie in the sky” outline of compliance in the future, when technology works seamlessly with compliance functions. My focus today is on what is happening now in the compliance world when it comes to...more

Resources on Crypto-Tokens and Securities Law

by Perkins Coie on

The following resources take a deep dive into the issues surrounding crypto-tokens and securities law and recognize that, when properly designed, some tokens may not meet the Howey test...more

Blockchain: background, challenges and legal issues

by DLA Piper on

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology offers significant and scalable processing power, high accuracy rates, and apparently unbreakable security at a significantly reduced cost compared to the traditional systems the...more

Blockchain Energizer Vol. 5

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and healthcare to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4...more

Recognition of Smart Contracts - Legal developments encourage the use of smart contracts in the United States

This spring, Arizona became one of the first states in the U.S. to enact a law explicitly granting smart contracts the same legal effect, validity and enforceability as their standard contract counterparts. “Smart contracts”...more

Blockchain Week in Review – May 2017 #4

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

Patents on the blockchain - Bitcoin and beyond

by DLA Piper on

Disruptive technologies have transformed the global economy, and will continue to do so at exponential rates. Innovators at the cutting edge of these technologies should carefully review their patenting strategy, or risk...more

Guilt by Association: Bitcoin and the WannaCry Ransomware Attack

by Perkins Coie on

The recent so-called “WannaCry” ransomware cyber-extortion attack has thrust bitcoin as a means of payment back into the debate surrounding illegal online activity. Much in the way that the internet, in its early days, was...more

What’s Next for the Advertising Industry? Blockchain

by Reed Smith on

Industries are increasingly harnessing blockchain technology in new and innovative ways. Blockchain – a digital record, or ledger, of transactions – has the potential to revolutionize the way in which we conduct business...more

Blockchain and the financial markets: Will 2017 be the year of the regulators? New rules covering blockchain and distributed...

by White & Case LLP on

In 2016, policy makers and regulators started to take an active interest in blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). However, many adopted a "wait and see" approach rather than producing binding regulations. 2017...more

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