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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NY BitLicense Update: 45 Days to Apply

After almost a year of discourse and revision, New York’s Department of Financial Services’ final “BitLicense” regulation has been published in the New York State Register and an application has been made available. This...more

August 10 Deadline Set for New York Virtual Currency Firms to Apply for BitLicense

On June 24, the New York State Register published the Department of Financial Services’ BitLicense framework, requiring companies and individuals who provide virtual currency services involving New York or a New York Resident...more

DOJ Assistant AG Caldwell Delivers Remarks at the ABA’s National Institute on Bitcoin and Other Digital Currencies

Today, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell delivered remarks at the ABA’s National Institute on Bitcoin and Other Digital Currencies. Speaking on the DOJ Criminal Division’s approach to the developing landscape of...more

DOJ Criminal Chief Warns Financial Institutions about Bitcoin

On June 26, 2015 at the ABA National Institute on Bitcoin and Other Digital Currencies, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell sent a targeted warning to financial institutions that deal with Bitcoin and other virtual...more

New York BitLicense Rules Have Far-Reaching Effects on Virtual Currency Businesses

The final rules’ significant operational requirements for licensees could prove to be expensive and substantial barriers to entry for small businesses interested in engaging in virtual currency business activities in New...more

Expect Focus - ONLINE HEALTH CARE: NOT SO FAST Telemedicine Hits A Few Speed Bumps, Volume II, Spring 2015

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT • Risky Business: Common Cyber Security Risks, Expensive Consequences - LIFE INSURANCE • Ninth Circuit Finds Bonus Indexed Annuity Delivers Exactly...more

Merchants and Processors Beware: FTC Consumer Warning About Use of Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies Is a Warning to You Too

The June 22 FTC blog posting warning consumers about the use of bitcoins and other virtual currencies should be a call to action for those accepting or facilitating the acceptance of bitcoin and other virtual currencies in...more

State Regulation of Virtual Currency: A Recap

This may be the year of the virtual currency. Virtual currencies have garnered much media, investor, and government attention. But, as venture capital funding continues to pour into the industry—more than $1 billion is...more

Virtual Currency Community Disappointed by Final BitLicense Regulation

Why it matters: The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) released the final regulations for the much-anticipated BitLicense, the first state regulatory regime designed specifically for virtual/digital currency...more

SEC Says Fantasy Stock Trading Violates Securities Laws; Charges Others for Selling Illegal Security-Based Swaps

The SEC issued an Investor Alert which says fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. I bet the Congressional drafters of these provisions...more

FinCEN Enforcement and Regulatory Focus—Transparency in Real Estate Transactions, Virtual Currency and More

Why it matters - Transparency in the financial system was underscored as a key focus for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) by Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery in a speech before the West Coast AML Forum...more

The NYDFS Finalizes its BitLicense Proposal

On June 3, 2015, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) issued a final rule regarding its “BitLicense” regulatory regime (“Final Rule”). The Final Rule follows an initial proposal from July 2014 and a revised...more

NY Dept. of Financial Services releases final Bitcoin license regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) made history last summer when it proposed Bitcoin regulations (reportedly the first in the nation) including the requirement that financial firms handling virtual...more

Plus ça change…NYDFS releases final BitLicense regulations

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) released final BitLicense regulations on June 3, 2015, almost eleven months after the initial BitLicense proposal was issued. The initial proposal went through two...more

NYDFS Releases Final Rules for Licensing Virtual Currency Businesses in New York

After multiple proposals and significant industry comment, the NYDFS has released a final “BitLicense” framework that establishes a comprehensive licensing and regulatory regime for New York businesses engaged in activities...more

OCC Comptroller Discusses Emerging Payment Systems Technology and Cybersecurity, FFIEC Set to Release Cybersecurity Assessment...

On June 3, in prepared remarks delivered at the BITS Emerging Payments Forum, OCC Comptroller Thomas Curry advised that as financial institutions continue to develop payment systems, banks need better preparation for...more

NY DFS Reveals Final BitLicense Requirements for Digital Currency Firms

On June 3, New York’s departing superintendent of financial services, Benjamin Lawsky, revealed that the agency has adopted final regulations of the BitLicense, the regulatory framework in which digital currency firms operate...more

Bridging the Week - June 2015 #2

NYDFS Issues BitLicense Framework for Regulating Virtual Currency Firms - The New York State Department of Financial Services issued final regulations requiring a so-called “BitLicense” and establishing minimum...more

New York Releases Final BitLicense Rules

Readers of this blog will know that we have been following the recent legal developments relating to bitcoin and other virtually currency systems. Yesterday, in a significant development reflecting the general maturation of...more

Final BitLicense Announced in Lawsky’s Last Speech

New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky in a speech yesterday at the BITS Emerging Payment Forum announced the final version of the long-awaited BitLicense. He stressed several...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - June 2015

Regulatory Developments: Superintendent Lawsky Announces Final BitLicense Regulations - New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky, at the BITS Emerging Payments Forum,...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - May 2015

It’s an Absolute Privilege to Meet You! Texas Supreme Court Rules That Internal Investigation Report Provided by Shell Oil to DOJ Enjoys “Absolute Privilege” - Why it matters: On May 15, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court...more

Ripple Labs Fined $700,000 Over Bank Secrecy Act Violations: Lessons Learned from FinCEN’s first Civil Enforcement Action Against...

On May 5, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) fined Ripple Labs Inc. (“Ripple Labs”) and its wholly owned subsidiary XRP Fund II LLC (“XRP II”) $700,000 for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”)....more

Red Notice Newsletter - May 2015

Welcome to the May 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, a German engineering firm tests Brazil's recently implemented anticorruption...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #4

CFPB Fines Bank $7.5M for Overdraft Violations, With $49M More in Redress - Why it matters: In its first action targeting overdraft fees, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined Regions Bank $7.5...more

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