Virtual Currency

Virtual Currency (aka Digital Currency or Digital Money) is a type of currency or medium of exchange that is not issued by any government nor guaranteed by a government currency. Despite lacking legal tender... more +
Virtual Currency (aka Digital Currency or Digital Money) is a type of currency or medium of exchange that is not issued by any government nor guaranteed by a government currency. Despite lacking legal tender status, Virtual Currency is still traded and exchanged in some environments, typically online environments or communities. Bitcoin is the most well-known form of Virtual Currency.    less -
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The Blockchain revolution: An analysis of regulation and technology related to Distributed Ledger Technologies

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

Coinbase the Latest to Obtain New York BitLicense

The New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) has issued its fifth BitLicense to date, continuing a marked effort to bring legitimacy and controls to the virtual currency (“VC”) industry, whose advantages in...more

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While Wall Street’s been waiting with bated breath for the big Snap IPO, Jose Cuervo (yes, that Jose Cuervo, via parent company Becle) has briefly stolen a bit of its public offering thunder with its plans to sell shares on...more

2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part Two)

In part two of our review of the 2016 developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the criminal money laundering statutes, forfeiture, and related issues, we discuss four additional key...more

2016 Year End Review: Virtual Currency: DOJ and IRS Broadly Seek Virtual Currency Account User Information

Under Internal Revenue Code section 7609(f), the IRS may issue a “John Doe” administrative summons to discover the identities of unknown taxpayers. A “John Doe” summons can be a powerful enforcement tool because it allows the...more

New York State Department of Financial Services Grants Virtual Currency License to Coinbase, Inc.

The NYSDFS approved the application of Coinbase, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Coinbase Global, Inc., for a virtual currency and a money transmitter license. As part of its review of Coinbase’s application, NYSDFS...more

Breaking News: Unclaimed Property Legislation Passes Delaware General Assembly

On January 26, 2017, the Delaware House approved comprehensive unclaimed property rewrite legislation (SB 13) that was passed by the Senate (with committee amendments) last week. Our summary of many of the key provisions of...more

Digital Currencies: International Actions and Regulations

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

Bitcoin and the IRS - The Battle Continues

Dispute is heating up over IRS’s attempts to get personal information about users of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. Last November, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) filed a petition in the United States...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017 #3

Editor's Note - Opposition Emerges to OCC FinTech Charter. In advance of the deadline to submit comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) paper proposing a federal FinTech charter, the Conference...more

Central Bank of UAE issues new security requirements for digital payments and prohibits virtual currencies

The Regulatory Framework for Stored Values and Electronic Payment Systems (Regulation) issued by the UAE's Central Bank came into effect on 1 January 2017. Digital payment service providers in the UAE must now comply with a...more

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Ratings Agency Moody’s Corp. has agreed to pay roughly $864 million to resolve federal and state claims that it gave juiced ratings to risky MBS in the run-up to the financial crisis. Half of the total will end up in DOJ...more

Delaware Unclaimed Property Legislation – Lipstick on a Pig?

The Delaware General Assembly has introduced legislation that would significantly rewrite the Delaware unclaimed property statute by repealing the three current subchapters and replacing them with a single unclaimed property...more

Expect the Unexpected: The Year Ahead for the Financial Institutions Sector

With contributors across the sector and the globe, we've compiled a review of some of the developments that will affect financial institutions in 2017 and beyond. The one thing that 2016 taught us was to expect the...more

Three examples of blockchain smart contracts – Internet of Things, commercial paper and daos

For thousands of years, society has recorded information in ledgers, ranging from clay tablets, books through to cloud based computer systems. Despite the advance of technology, all of these ledgers have effectively been...more

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The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation—the company that “serves as the back end for much Wall Street trading”—has announced a big step forward in the embrace of blockchain technology to track and report transactions. IBM...more

Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks...more

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Former NJ Senator and Governor Jon Corzine has reached a $5 million settlement with regulators over the collapse of his MF Global firm, which filed bankruptcy in 2011 and lost more than $1 billion in customer investments....more

Alert: Illinois Requests Feedback on New Virtual Currency Guidance – Deadline Quickly Approaching

Illinois' Department of Financial and Professional Regulation ("IDFPR") recently published proposed regulatory guidance on the application of Illinois' Transmitters of Money Act ("TOMA") to decentralized digital currencies....more

Cryptocurrencies - prompt contrasting reactions by Latin American regulators

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

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Lynn Tilton’s very public spat with the SEC over the agency’s in-house court system may be heading to the Supreme Court, thanks in part to a recent 10th Circuit opinion last week that created a Circuit split over the...more

Blockchain: The Impact on the Real Estate Industry

By changing the way that information is digitally stored and exchanged, blockchain technology will alter the way real estate is recorded, transferred, financed and managed globally. Bitcoin, the popular virtual...more

U.S. Department of Justice Obtains Court Order Authorizing IRS to Investigate Bitcoin Users

Using the same procedure it used to crack the secrecy of Swiss Banks, on November 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice obtained a court order allowing the IRS to issue a “John Doe” summons to Coinbase Inc., the largest...more

Is Your Data Ready to Move to a Uniform Report Submission? NMLS MSB Call Report Adopted for 22 Licenses as of January 1st

Seventeen state agencies, affecting 22 license types, have currently committed to adopt the NMLS MSB Call report for Q1 2017 reporting. The NMLS MSB Call Report applies to licensees who conduct the following activities: money...more

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

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

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