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Gavel to Gavel: Focusing on FINRA priorities letter

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is an independent self-regulatory organization authorized by Congress and overseen by the Securities Exchange Commission. Its mission is to protect America’s investors by making...more

Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing with a Distributed Ledger

Despite the staggering $8 billion figure estimated to be spent on global compliance in 2017, U.S.-based rules regarding Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (“CFT”) remain anchored in their...more

Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology Update: Research Paper

Locke Lord London Global Head of Cards & Payments Robert Courtneidge and Associate Charlie Clarence-Smith wrote a research paper on bitcoin and blockchain technology. Over the past few years, digital currencies have been...more

Insurance Industry Exploration of Blockchain Expands

The insurance industry’s exploration of blockchain-based solutions continues to expand, potentially impacting future policies available to commercial policyholders. The Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative (B3i), an...more

The Legal Status of Bitcoin in the United Arab Emirates

This is the first in a series of articles considering legal issues relating to bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and blockchain in the UAE. In this article we focus on the legal status of bitcoin and address the question of whether...more

European Authority Rules Out Regulating Distributed Ledger Technology for Now

The European Securities and Markets Authority published a Report on the application of Distributed Ledger Technology to the securities markets. Distributed ledgers, sometimes referred to as blockchains, are essentially...more

Social Links: NJ court allows police to read suspects’ private messages; tech companies’ increased control over users’ devices; an...

A New Jersey court rules that state police can examine a suspect’s private social media messages without having to apply for an order under the state’s wiretapping laws. Technology companies are exercising a lot of...more

The Blockchain revolution: An analysis of regulation and technology related to Distributed Ledger Technologies

Blockchain is on the verge of revolutionizing how we interact in the digital world. It has far reaching applications from the Financial industry to many other sectors of the economy. The question is what is Blockchain, what...more

"Blockchains Offer Revolutionary Potential in Fintech and Beyond"

Blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that underlies bitcoin transactions, has been heralded as a transformative technology that is as significant as the development of the internet. The enthusiasm for blockchain...more

UK Regulation Round Up - January 2017

Welcome to the UK Regulation Round Up, a regular bulletin highlighting the latest developments in UK regulation for alternative asset managers. The start of 2017 saw a number of regulatory developments including...more

FINRA Issues Report on Distributed Ledger Technology

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) published a report on January 18, 2017, regarding Distributed Ledger Technology (“DLT”) (also known as blockchain technology) that provides an overview of different DLT...more

Derivatives In Review - January 2017

Regulation AT – An Update - From the time Regulation AT was initially proposed by the CFTC over a year ago, the CFTC has solicited and considered numerous comment letters, held a public roundtable, supplemented the...more

Digital Currencies: International Actions and Regulations

Argentina - Virtual currencies are not legal tender under the country’s National Constitution, which designates the Central Bank as the only authority that may issue legal tender. Although not specifically regulated,...more

Blockchain: Things to Consider Before the Securities Industry Leaves the Sandbox

There have been many articles, papers, books, seminars, roundtables and conferences around the potential for blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT), and announcing trials or tests of new applications for...more

FINRA Seeks Comment on Blockchain

On Jan. 18, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) became the latest organization to weigh in on distributed ledger technology (DLT), also known as blockchain. Recognizing the growing interest and potential...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017 #3

Editor's Note - Opposition Emerges to OCC FinTech Charter. In advance of the deadline to submit comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) paper proposing a federal FinTech charter, the Conference...more

Tech, Not Trade, Poses Biggest Threat to American Jobs

Donald Trump’s successful road to the White House was fueled by heated rhetoric against free trade deals and U.S. companies engaged in offshore outsourcing. Underpinning his slogan “Make America Great Again” was a premise...more

Key Legal Issues Business Leaders and In-House Counsel Need to Know for 2017

1. With Wage and Hour Rules in Flux, Employers Need to Remain Vigilant - Expanding wage and hour obligations will continue to be a top concern for employers in 2017. As most employers are aware, in May 2016, the United...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 3

FINRA Issues Report on Implications of Blockchain - Broker-Dealer - On January 18, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, responding to increased industry interest in distributed ledger technology (DLT) known...more

Cold but exhilarating in Davos

We're just back from our second visit to the Davos 'fringe' with Innovate Finance and several FinTech momentum players. Numerous events and discussions on a wide range of topics take place alongside the main World Economic...more

WORM Out, Blockchain In: The CFTC Proposes to Modernize Recordkeeping Requirements

On January 12, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed to amend its recordkeeping requirements set forth in Regulation 1.31. The CFTC’s proposed amendments are intended to implement advances in...more

Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter l January 2017

Welcome to the Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter. In this monthly publication we provide an overview of the most recent payments, regulatory and market developments from major jurisdictions around the world as well as...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

How Distributed Ledger Technology Might Grow in the Insurance Industry

On Jan. 5, 2017, the Department of Treasury Federal Insurance Office held its first committee meeting of the new year. Several topics were addressed, including the use of blockchain/distributed ledger technology (“DLT”) in...more

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