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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

Derivatives in Review - July 2016

An Overview of Proposed Regulation AT - Orrick attorneys authored an overview of Regulation Automated Trading (known as "Regulation AT") proposed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") in the May/June 2016...more

CFTC Considers Blockchain Technology

The disruptive effects of blockchain technology on the financial system may take several years to materialize. Nevertheless, in preparation, regulators are increasingly focused on understanding potential uses of blockchain...more

Can blockchain live up to the hype?

Is blockchain the revolutionary technology that will rewrite the rules for the finance industry, identifying authenticity and verifying payment flows that arise at a business-to-business level or between business and...more

North Carolina Clarifies Digital Currency Amidst Growing Interest in Blockchain Technology

Earlier this month, North Carolina’s governor signed into law an updated Money Transmitters Act (MTA), which seeks to clarify the rules for digital currency. The updated MTA defines what North Carolina considers “monetary...more

Deadline to Comment on European Blockchain Technology Regulation Quickly Approaching

The European Securities and Markets Authority is soliciting public comment on its recently published discussion paper on the benefits and challenges of using Distributed Ledger Technology. The European Securities and...more

Put a Fork in it: What’s Happening with the DAO?

If you have an interest in bitcoin, you’ve undoubtedly heard people refer to “The Blockchain.” Because the term “blockchain” can refer to any distributed ledger where “blocks” are added to the ledge by solving complex...more

The Blockchain: Beyond Bitcoin

Blockchain - While many people in the U.S. are still skeptical that bitcoin will become a mainstream currency, both private and public sectors are gaining interest in the idea that the underlying blockchain technology...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.19.16

The Carlyle Group is staring down the barrel of a $1 billion civil lawsuit by the failed Carlyle Capital Corp.’s liquidators over the 2008 collapse of the mortgage-bond fund. The trial’s taking place in Guernsey, a British...more

Social Links: Appeals court opinions show reach of anti-hacking law; a virtual reality sickness cure; intrigue at Vine

The UK wants to use the blockchain to track the spending of welfare recipients. Some believe that a recent Ninth Circuit holding could turn sharing passwords into a federal crime under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act....more

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