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Digital Currencies and Blockchain Technology Threaten to Disrupt Traditional Banking Services

To most people, the concept of digital currencies is synonymous with the name Bitcoin. However, hundreds of digital currencies exist. In fact, tracks 445 currencies, and tracks 732....more

Bitcoin: Cybersecurity Regulations on the Horizon?

As legislators grapple with creating legislation intended to bring virtual currencies, such as bitcoin, within the scope of anti-money laundering regulations, the vulnerability of Bitcoin exchanges to theft and other cyber...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: White House: ‘A.I. holds the potential to be a major driver of economic growth and social progress’ - The closing months of the Obama Administration have...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

In a “highly anticipated” ruling from the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, a three-judge panel has found the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unconstitutional, holding that the current organization...more

What is Blockchain? Why Does It Matter? Observations As North Carolina’s Virtual Currency Legislation Goes Into Effect

J. K. Rowling’s world of Harry Potter included an array of amazing artifacts; our personal favorites were the books and pictures that changed themselves. Two decades later, a world of Kindles and iPads echoes the wonders of...more

Digital Democracy: The Future of Voting

In the wake of the most intensely anticipated?—?and certainly the most Tweeted and meme-ified?—?presidential debate in history, I spoke on a panel last week on election and voting tech at the New York County Lawyers...more

Perspective: The Accenture Blockchain Patent

Blockchain innovators need to understand that they are working in an early-stage, evolving IP landscape where the potential risks are still very difficult to evaluate....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 10.4.16

The Journal gives us a closer look at Italy’s Monte dei Paschi—the world’s oldest bank (founded in 1472)—that’s deeply tied to Siena and that’s threatening to drag the whole of the region’s economy down with it if it fails,...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - September, 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The Hacking Law That Can’t Hack It - For 30 years and counting, courts have struggled with the vagaries of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a federal law...more

Beyond Bitcoin: Barriers to Use of Distributed Ledger Technology (Part 2)

In Part 1, we provided an introduction to “Blockchain,” the distributed ledger technology behind Bitcoin. In Part 2, we discuss some of the business and legal obstacles standing in the way of widespread acceptance of this...more

First Ever SEC Fintech Forum

On September 27th, 2016, the SEC announced it will host a public forum to discuss financial technology (Fintech) innovation in the financial services industry. The press release notes that the forum is designed to foster...more

Blockchain and Public Securities: Shedding Light on 'Going Dark'

The application of blockchain technology to the securities market could prove to be a game changer by adding transparency, reducing costs and speeding up settlements. Initially known as the technology underlying the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - OCC Discusses Marketplace Lending - On September 13, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry discussed marketplace lending's risks and associated policy questions. He...more

Federal and State Authorities Take First Steps Toward Regulating Blockchain, Mobile Banking and Digital Financial Services

Last week, federal and state lawmakers took significant steps toward specific regulations targeting digital financial technology, mobile banking and cybersecurity, signaling the possibility of wholesale changes to the legal...more

Blockchain, Regtech Dominate Financial Industry Innovations

On September 7, 2016, attorneys from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP attended Next Money NYC 2016. Next Money featured speakers from across the payments industry and the BBVA Open Talent Pitch Competition where twenty fintech...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.12.16

The past 2 years have been just short of disastrous for most hedge funds. But even without much to show in the form of results, the world’s biggest fund manager—Bridgewater Associates—has attracted $22.5 billion in investor...more

Music and the Blockchain

The promise of blockchain technology for the music industry is its ability to solve the problem of “shared facts” and to provide transparency in real time or near-real time....more

It's All About Blockchain - Don't Miss These 7 Reads

Don't miss these seven popular reads on Blockchain....more

Banks Announce Plan for Utility Settlement Coin

Several big banks running the very system of money exchange that bitcoin was created to replace are now planning on co-opting bitcoin technology. This blog previously discussed that banks were interested in using...more

Building Block(chain)s: 6 Key Findings – and Featured Predictions – from the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Report

The World Economic Forum threw a knockout punch this month when it released its report “The Future of Infrastructure: An Ambitious Look at How Blockchain Can Reshape Financial Services.”1 When Giancarlo Bruno, the World...more

The (Heart)Beat Has Sounded: The World Economic Forum Places Blockchain Front and Center

It’s official – Blockchain is ready for its close-up. Blockchain and smart contracts have moved out of the wings and are the new stars of the finance industry, according to the World Economic Forum’s report released on...more

A New Solution to an Old Problem

Citizens in many countries the world over are plagued by an inability to record their land interests in a reliable and secure registry. Inefficiency, corruption and nepotism are rife, leaving countless people at risk of...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - August, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Department of Commerce Now Accepting Privacy Shield - Self-Certifications: A Primer for Compliance and Self-Certification We’ve mentioned many times...more

Making the Creative Commons Smarter

Two weeks ago at the terrific inaugural RightsTech Summit, a wide range of very knowledgeable people came together to discuss the current state of digital rights management, and more importantly, the direction that new...more

Recalling Mt. Gox, Bitfinex Exchange is Latest Target of Bitcoin Hackers

On August 2, 2016, Hong Kong-based bitcoin exchange Bitfinex was the latest target of hackers who stole 119,756 bitcoins, for a total loss of approximately $72 million at that time. Some are estimating it to be as high as...more

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