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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

Illinois Releases Proposed Guidance on Application of State Money Transmission Law to Digital Currency Activities

by Reed Smith on

On November 30, 2016, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) issued a proposed “Digital Currency Regulatory Guidance” (the Guidance) regarding the application of the Illinois Transmitters of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Times went all in on Twinkies this weekend, with a look at how they came to be and how their comeback recently helped private equity execs laugh their way to the bank....more

On the Grid: Blockchain May Create New Possibilities for Grid Enhancements and Energy IoT Applications

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Just as blockchain technology has allowed for the tracking and authentication of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency transactions, it could similarly mediate transactions in energy units. Blockchain technology — once...more

Digital Democracy: The Future of Voting

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

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

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

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

Blog: UK Treasury responds to Commission proposal to amend the 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive

by Cooley LLP on

The UK’s Treasury has published a short paper about the European Commission’s proposal to amend the 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive. Here are the headlines: If asked to read between the lines, I’d say that this probably...more

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

by JD Supra Perspectives on

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

Bitcoin theft highlights cryptocurrency regulatory uncertainty

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The recent suspension of trading on Hong Kong based Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex following the apparent theft of approximately US$60m worth of bitcoins is the latest in a series of Bitcoin thefts. With Bitcoin still in its...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.29.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A federal judge in Idaho has dismissed a $24 billion lawsuit against Credit Suisse alleging that the bank and real estate adviser Cushman & Wakefield ran a “predatory loan-to-own scheme that . . . loaded four luxury ski and...more

Blog: European Commission considers database to end crypto-currency anonymity

by Cooley LLP on

The European Commission has published a proposal that, if made and brought into force, will amend the 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive (4AMLD) before the Member States are required to transpose it into their national...more

Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

by Allen & Overy LLP on

A Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) is a computer program, running on a peer-to-peer network, incorporating governance and decision-making rules. DAOs can be programmed to operate autonomously, without human...more

Blog: North Carolina Introduces #Bitlicence For Virtual Currency Exchanges & Wallet Providers

by Cooley LLP on

North Carolina has amended its Money Transmitters Act, to introduce a new #Bitlicence. The new legislation was introduced into the North Carolina General Assembly on 18 March 2015, at the request of the Office of the...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June 2016 #3

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Startup spending guide: When freebies will do - Startups can benefit from free services to make their websites more efficient and user-friendly. See these...more

CFTC Brings Significant Enforcement Action Against Online Cryptocurrency Exchange

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The action reflects the CFTC’s expanded jurisdiction and provides further clarity on what constitutes “actual delivery” in cryptocurrency trading. On June 2, 2016, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.20.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Here’s a sign of the times, or at least, the changing tenor of banking in America. After years of exclusivity that saw it refusing customers with less than $10 million on hand, Goldman Sachs is opening itself up to common...more

CFTC Fines Bitfinex For Failing To Register and Operating An Illegal Exchange

by Goodwin on

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), showing continued regulatory interest in digital currency companies, issued an Order and settled charges against Hong Kong-based digital currency exchange Bitfinex. The...more

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