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Delaware’s Blockchain Initiative to Revolutionize the Stock Trade

by Goodwin on

With the near unanimous passing of a bill that will explicitly recognize the right to trade stocks using a blockchain, Delaware is making a strong case for it being the blockchain-friendliest state. The Delaware Senate...more

The future of work: when will I be able to pay employees in Bitcoin?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

We have been watching with close interest the exponential expansion of crypto-currencies. These instruments, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin, are methods of secure, electronic transfer of value between individuals...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Troubled Japanese auto parts maker Takata, “crippled by vast airbag recalls,” has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and is planning to sell its surviving operations to Key Safety Systems, an American rival owned by a...more

Bitcoin Redux With An Ethereal Twist

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

We last wrote about Bitcoins in late March, 2014. The principal concern we expressed at that time was that these cryptocurrencies might form a refuge from financial disclosure in the typical divorce setting. The specifics of...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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Barclays and a group of its former execs are facing charges of fraud by false representation by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office over deals they struck with Qatar in 2008 to avoid a government bailout....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

There’s been a hitch in Saudi Aramco’s IPO plans (mind-boggling $2 trillion possible valuation and all): where to list. The frontrunners, by the way, are the London Stock Exchange and the NYSE....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

How to Set Up a Fintech Business in the UAE – Part 1: Onshore Financial Service Regulation and Licensing

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

UAE-based fintech companies should understand the applicable onshore regulations — many of which are new and largely untested — when providing specific services. Key Points: ..UAE fintech companies need sophisticated...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May, 2017 #3

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: WTF is an ICO? ICO’s might be the crypto-currency world's song of the summer. TechCrunch dives into the new and interesting trend around initial coin offerings....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

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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The SEC hasn’t had much luck with its attempts so far to hold MBS traders responsible for allegedly lying to customers about MBS prices. Yet on the Monday’s charges against ex-Nomura traders suggests that the agency’s not...more

The Summons

by Moskowitz LLP on

Coinbase is a San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange company that operates bitcoin and other digital asset transactions and storage for over one million users in 190 countries....more

State Regulation of Distributed Ledger Technology

by Goodwin on

While the federal government has taken a variety of different positions in regulating distributed ledger technology, there are several important trends that are emerging in states’ regulation of such technology...more

Blog: West Virginia Defines Cryptocurrency In Anti-Money Laundering Bill

by Cooley LLP on

On April 8, West Virginia passed a new bill (pending the Governor’s signature) that defines cryptocurrency in the context of money laundering. In the bill, “Cryptocurrency” would mean “digital currency in which...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

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

by Polsinelli on

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

The Legal Status of Bitcoin in the United Arab Emirates

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

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

by DLA Piper on

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

Will Cryptocurrency Abuse be an Enforcement Focus for the IRS this Tax Season?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Tax filing season began January 23rd, and with its arrival the IRS began rolling out its annual list of the so-called “Dirty Dozen.” The Dirty Dozen list is an educational effort to inform the public about scams, but it also...more

Digital Currencies: International Actions and Regulations

by Perkins Coie on

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

Cryptocurrencies - prompt contrasting reactions by Latin American regulators

by Hogan Lovells on

While used by organized crime, cryptocurrencies are also becoming accepted as a legitimate payment method by mainstream sectors of the economy in Latin America. Currently, some stores, start-ups, restaurants, hotels, and...more

Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom?

by Carlton Fields on

In recent years, businesses have witnessed the proliferation of cyber attacks, hacking, and other digital threats. One common threat is ransomware. In a ransomware attack, a company may lose access to critical systems and...more

All About Blockchain - Top 10 Blockchain Reads in 2016

by JD Supra Perspectives on

A JD Supra list of the top reads on Blockchain matters in 2016....more

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