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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New York DFS Proposes Sweeping Virtual Currency Licensing Scheme

Yesterday, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) issued a proposed rule for public comment setting forth a novel and comprehensive “BitLicense” regulatory scheme for entities engaged in “Virtual Currency...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 28

In this issue: - FINRA Proposes to Adopt Rules on Quotation Requirements for OTC Equity Securities - CFTC Seeks Comment on ICE Clear Europe Portfolio Margining Proposal - New York DFS Proposes First...more

European Banking Authority Potential Virtual Currency Regulatory Responses

On July 4, the European Banking Authority (EBA) released an Opinion that outlines for the EU Council, the European Commission, and the European Parliament requirements that would be needed to regulate virtual currencies....more

GAO Issues Report Concerning Emerging Challenges Posed by Virtual Currencies

The Government Accountability Office (the “GAO”) issued a report concerning virtual currencies (the “Report”) to the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The Report discusses emerging...more

GAO Urges CFPB Participation In Virtual Currency Working Groups

On June 27, the GAO released a May 2014 report regarding virtual currency. The leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee asked the GAO to examine potential policy issues related to virtual...more

CFPB to Assume a Larger Role in Virtual Currency Initiatives

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a report, entitled “Virtual Currencies: Emerging Regulatory, Law Enforcement, and Consumer Protection Challenges.” The report, delivered earlier to...more

Digital Commerce & Payments Update

In this Issue: - Insights & Trends ..The Future of Regulation in the Digital Economy - Virtual Currency ..GAO Urges CFPB Participation In Virtual Currency Working Groups ..Trade Group White Paper...more

Bitcoin: Bringing you up to speed on a digital currency

How would you like to pay for that? Cash, credit or bitcoins? While the use of Bitcoin may not presently be widely accepted like cash or electronic funds transfers, it is undeniable that the interest and market...more

GAO Wants CFPB to Focus on Virtual Currencies

GAO issued a report discussing virtual currencies. One example of these is bitcoin, which was developed in 2009. Bitcoin and similar virtual currency systems operate over the Internet and use computer protocols and encryption...more

Trade Group White Paper Assesses Virtual Currency Landscape

On June 23, the ICBA and The Clearing House published a white paper on virtual currency that (i) defines virtual currency and describes the current regulatory environment; (ii) describes key players in the Bitcoin system...more

GAO: Virtual Currencies—Emerging Regulatory, Law Enforcement and Consumer Protection Challenges

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released on June 26 its long-awaited report on virtual currencies undertaken at the request of Senator Tom Carper, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security &...more

Bitcoin and gaming – what legal issues?

Issues affecting Bitcoin and gaming are becoming a very frequent topic of discussion since a number of gaming websites decided to allow Bitcoin transactions and even relevant gambling regulators decided to take actions to...more

GAO report recommends increased CFPB participation in virtual currency efforts

In a report issued last week on virtual currencies, the Government Accountability Office recommended increased CFPB participation in interagency efforts related to such currencies. The report, entitled “Virtual...more

Virtual Currencies: International Actions and Regulations

Virtual Currencies: International Actions and Regulations. See Chart below for more information....more

Bitcoin Investment Vehicles Beware – The SEC is Watching

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently charged the co-owner of two Bitcoin-related websites for publicly offering shares in the ventures without registering the securities under the Securities Act of 1933 (the...more

Kansas Bank Commissioner Issues Virtual Currency Guidance

On June 6, the Kansas Office of State Bank Commissioner (OSBC) issued guidance on the regulatory treatment of virtual currencies under the Kansas Money Transmitter Act (KMTA). The guidance focuses on money transmission...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 24

In this issue: - Commissioner Kara M. Stein Calls for More Stringent Net Capital Requirements for Broker Dealers - US Marshals Service Announces Auction of Silk Road Bitcoins - Investment Adviser Accused...more

FinCrimes Update - Volume 1, Issue 3

On May 8, OFAC released enforcement information regarding “apparent violations” of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations by Canadian subsidiaries of a U.S. insurance company. The U.S. company self-reported 3,560 apparent...more

Admin Rulings: FinCEN Clarifies Money Transmitter Exemptions for Virtual Currency and Payment-Related Services

On April 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a series of administrative rulings determining whether five different companies constitute money services...more

Bitcoins Do Not Require FBAR Filing

I have been posting a lot of FBAR-related posts lately. Here’s one more. There has been a question whether owners of “bitcoins” and other virtual currencies that have non-U.S. aspects, are subject to annual reporting...more

Week in Review

For months, the discussion about cryptocurrency - primarily "Bitcoin" - has steadily increased in technology news. This week, Dish Network became the largest company to accept Bitcoin payments, following Tesla, Virgin...more

SEC, Bitcoin and Unregistered Offerings

Bitcoin has been a much discussed item recently. The virtual currency is a digital representation of value that is traded and can serve as a medium of exchange. There are websites that use it. At one time there was a stock...more

Hazards Abound for Companies Seeking to Accept Bitcoin

The Bitcoin “Cryptocurrency” has gained momentum in the market, and some businesses, including Overstock. com and TigerDirect.com, now accept bitcoins as payment. Many others are wondering if Bitcoin is a good fit for...more

Senate Banking Committee Leaders Seek Regulators’ Views On Virtual Currencies

On May 19, the Senate Banking Committee’s chairman and ranking member, Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), sent a letter to the leaders of the Treasury Department, the SEC, the CFTC, the OCC, the FDIC, and the...more

SEC Alerts Investors: Of Bitcoin Risks

For the second time in less than one year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued an alert to investors about the risks of investing in Bitcoin and other virtual currency-related opportunities....more

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