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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Blackstone is spinning off a new housing maintenance and rental venture in the form of Invitation Homes LP, which could see an IPO as early as January 2017. Invitation Homes is the culmination of a four-year, $10 billion...more

International AML Enforcement in 2017 Expected to Target Consumer-Due-Diligence Programs, Gaming Entities, Prepaid Cards, Digital...

Over the past two years, financial regulatory bodies in the United States and Europe have increasingly emphasized consumer due diligence (“CDD”) by financial institutions as a means to combat money laundering and terrorist...more

IRS on the Hunt for Bitcoin Users

Bitcoin is the most popular of the virtual currencies. In Notice 2014-21, the IRS advised that such currencies are not money, but property, for tax purposes. Two implications of this are that persons who use Bitcoins to...more

Swiss Government Establishing “Crypto-Bank” as New Category of Financial Institution and Creating New FinTech Company License

On, November 2, 2016, during its weekly meeting, the Swiss Federal Council (the Council), the executive council which serves as the collective executive head of the government of Switzerland, requested an easing of the Swiss...more

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The IRS isn’t waiting around for virtual currency to gain wider acceptance. No, it’s more than happy to go after Bitcoin users who have sought to use the virtual currency as a means of evading taxes....more

Blog: 5th Anti-money Laundering Directive: 2nd Presidency Compromise Text published

The Council of the European Union has published the 2nd Presidency Compromise Text version of the 5th Anti-money Laundering Directive. The text has been marked up to show how the 1st Compromise Text has been change to create...more

Blog: 5th Anti-money Laundering Directive: Presidency compromise text published / ECB recommendations accepted

The Council of the European Union has published the first “Presidency compromise text” version of (what is now being referred to as) the 5th Anti-money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) (it used to be “an amendment to 4AMLD”...more

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The CFTC’s reportedly investigating the interest rate swap activities of Citigroup and others. Swaps allow companies to “hedge against a rise or fall in interest rates on the debt that they issue or hold, with banks usually...more

Blog: Virtual currencies & the 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive: ECB Opinion on the Commission’s proposals

The European Commission published proposals to amend the 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive, to bring crypto-currency exchanges and wallet providers within scope, in early July 2016. The European Banking Authority...more

Bitcoin: Cybersecurity Regulations on the Horizon?

As legislators grapple with creating legislation intended to bring virtual currencies, such as bitcoin, within the scope of anti-money laundering regulations, the vulnerability of Bitcoin exchanges to theft and other cyber...more

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In a “highly anticipated” ruling from the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, a three-judge panel has found the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unconstitutional, holding that the current organization...more

A System of Voluntary Self-Identification in the World of Virtual Currencies

On 5th July 2016, the European Commission (the “Commission”) published a proposal for a Directive amending the Fourth Money Laundering Directive (“Proposed Directive”), which sets out, amongst other things, to bring into...more

What is Blockchain? Why Does It Matter? Observations As North Carolina’s Virtual Currency Legislation Goes Into Effect

J. K. Rowling’s world of Harry Potter included an array of amazing artifacts; our personal favorites were the books and pictures that changed themselves. Two decades later, a world of Kindles and iPads echoes the wonders of...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 10.4.16

The Journal gives us a closer look at Italy’s Monte dei Paschi—the world’s oldest bank (founded in 1472)—that’s deeply tied to Siena and that’s threatening to drag the whole of the region’s economy down with it if it fails,...more

Money, bits and banking: Florida case implicates legal status of digital currencies in the US

Introductory level economics textbooks often begin with a discussion of a surprisingly tricky question – what is money? In economics parlance, money is not simply what is in your wallet; rather, it is any asset that functions...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

Bitcoin Again Held to Be “Funds” for Federal Money Transmitting Purposes

Murgio decision reflects a growing judicial consensus around the application of money transmitting laws to Bitcoin exchangers. On September 19, 2016, U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan of the Southern District of New...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.21.16

Testifying before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf admitted that the illegal sham-account-creation activity at the heart of its recent SEC fine may have begun earlier than first reported....more

European Commission tackles financing risks linked to virtual currencies

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to strengthen anti-money laundering (AML) and counterterrorism financing (CFT) measures related to virtual currencies. The proposal, adopted in July 2016, seeks to bring...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

Virtual Currency May Not Be Money but Dismissal Is Real

Is bitcoin money? Not according to a Florida judge who threw out criminal charges against a defendant accused of money laundering and acting as an unlicensed money services business in violation of state law. What...more

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

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

Virtual Currencies: Court Rules that Selling Bitcoin Is Not Money Transmitting and Selling Bitcoin to Criminals Is Not a Crime

The ruling is an outlier driven by its unique facts and is unlikely to change the general regulatory landscape for Bitcoin businesses. In State of Florida v. Espinoza, a trial court in Miami recently dismissed all...more

Twitter Sued For Right of Publicity Violations Over Profile-Trading Game

A class action lawsuit was filed in California yesterday against Hey, Inc. and Twitter regarding Hey’s online trading game in which players collect profiles of (and use virtual currency to invest in) real-life people as if...more

European Banking Authority Opines on Virtual Currencies and the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive

The European Banking Authority published an Opinion on the Commission’s proposed amendments to the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and its application to virtual currencies. The Commission is proposing to bring...more

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