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CFTC Files Its First Anti-Fraud Enforcement Action Involving Bitcoin

The CFTC filed a federal civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Defendants Nicholas Gelfman, of Brooklyn, New York, and Gelfman Blueprint, Inc. (GBI), a New York...more

Cryptocurrencies: Are They Securities?

Cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, have been in the news a lot lately, but many people still don’t know what they are—or whether they’re regulated.  Here’s a quick rundown....more

Canadian Securities Regulators Clear a Path for Bitcoin Funds

The British Columbia and Ontario securities regulators have taken a leap forward in the regulation of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with the first registration of a fintech start-up, First Block Capital Inc., which...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Fed’s Open Markets Committee will wrap up meetings tomorrow, and it’s expected [markets be ready] to avoid a rate hike but reveal the beginning of a measured shrinking of the Fed’s $4.2 trillion mortgage/Treasury bond...more

Industry Responds to CSA Guidance on Cryptocurrency Offerings

The rise in popularity of cryptocurrencies and the spread of cryptocurrency offerings have attracted increased attention from securities regulators in Canada and abroad. Recently, staff of the Canadian Securities...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

So much for the quiet off-ramping for SoFi’s Mike Cagney. The fintech company’s board announced on Friday that Cagney is out immediately as CEO, not at the end of the year as Cagney had announced earlier in the week....more

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The CFPB issued a no-action letter to Upstart Network this week that will allow the online lender to “continue using alternative credit data to evaluate borrowers in exchange for providing data to the federal consumer finance...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The White House announced its intention yesterday to blocked a China-backed investor from buying American semiconductor maker Lattice over national security concerns. The “rare move” could “signal more aggressive scrutiny of...more

Digital Currencies and Blockchain in the Medical Arena

by Knobbe Martens on

Recently, digital currencies, such as bitcoin, have greatly increased in popularity. Some of this popularity may be attributed to digital currencies’ many purported advantages over traditional currencies, such as that...more

Outsiders and Insiders Are Behind the Fintech Revolution

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

“When’s the last time you were in a bank? Do you want to go to a bank?” This question was posed by George Vukotich, co-founder of FinTank, a fintech-focused organization that serves Chicago’s technology and start-up...more

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In an apparent effort to appease dissatisfied activist investors, chemicals giant DowDuPont has announced plans to change its breakup plan with an reorganizational structure that focuses on three “distinct businesses: an...more

Blockchain Week in Review – September 2017 #7

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

The Great Crypto-Wall of China – China Banishes Initial Coin Offerings to Beyond its Borders while Trapping Already-Raised Capital...

by Locke Lord LLP on

This week China sent digital currencies into a tail spin by issuing the harshest denouncement of cryptocurrencies and other decentralized ledger technologies of any country to date. In a statement from the People’s Bank of...more

Every Day is Bitcoin Pizza Day: What Clients and Estate Planners Need to Know about Virtual Currency

by Murtha Cullina on

The combined value of all of the 867 crypto currencies tracked by CoinMarketCap.com is presently over $161 billion. Only seven years ago, on what is commemorated as “Bitcoin Pizza Day,” Bitcoin, then a new crypto currency,...more

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The Times’ tech guru—Farhad Manjoo—gets all indignant regarding the Equifax breach. Namely, if Equifax can’t handle its one job of safeguarding personal info, should it really be allowed to keep going at all now?...more

Blockchain-Related Companies Facing Increased Scrutiny from the SEC

by Reed Smith on

The spot market for digital tokens, which was once a “wild west” seemingly outside the scope of most federal regulations, is being integrated into the emerging Federal and State regulatory regime. In a period of just over two...more

China Shuts Down ICO Market

For the past few months, issuers of token sales or “initial coin offerings” (ICOs) have known that they were, to some extent, sailing in unchartered waters. Those waters have just gotten a bit murkier with an announcement by...more

No Summer Vacation for Distributed Ledger Technology

by Reed Smith on

As regulators across the globe turn their attention to distributed ledger technology (DLT), developments in this space have been in the news almost weekly this summer. In the past six weeks alone regulators in the United...more

Funds Talk: September 2017 - SEC Investigation Warns Digital Assets May Be Subject to Securities Laws

On July 25, the SEC released an investigative report warning that “virtual” organizations’ offers and sales of digital assets may be subject to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of...more

China Halts ICOs

China has put a halt to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) in China. In a recent notice, China declared ICOs to be an illegal fund raising tool and indicated it is reviewing previous ICOs for possible fraudulent practices. Money...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Vanguard’s not well known for making waves, but the $4.5 trillion mutual-fund manager has quietly increased its corporate engagement activity over the past year—discussing governance, pay, and other issues with nearly a...more

SEC Securities Trading Suspension for Three Blockchain-Related Companies

by Reed Smith on

The spot market for digital tokens, which was once a “wild west” seemingly outside the scope of most federal regulations, is being integrated into the emerging Federal and State regulatory regime. In a period of just over two...more

Securities regulators provide guidance on cryptocurrency offerings

by Dentons on

In light of the recent interest in cryptocurrency and the increase in the number of cryptocurrency offerings, on August 24, 2017, staff of the Canadian Securities Administrators (Staff) published a notice to help financial...more

Bitcoin and Blockchain: Certain U.S. Regulatory Considerations for Investment Managers

by Winstead PC on

Bitcoin is the first blockchain or distributed ledger technology (“DLT”) to successfully solve a problem succinctly described by Marc Andreessen: “Bitcoin gives us, for the first time, a way for one Internet user to transfer...more

SEC Suspends Trading in Securities of Three Blockchain-Related Companies

by Reed Smith on

The spot market for digital tokens, which was once a “wild west” seemingly outside the scope of most federal regulations, is being integrated into the emerging Federal and State regulatory regime. In a period of just over two...more

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