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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 -

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Citigroup announced yesterday that it’ll pay nearly $100 million to resolve a long-running federal investigation into its Banamex USA group over lax money-laundering monitoring (largely for transfers between the US and...more

WannaCry Ransomware Alert

This is not a drill. Companies and law enforcement agencies around the world have been left scrambling after the world’s most prolific ransomware attack hit over 500,000 computers in 150 countries over a span of only 4...more

Blockchain Energizer Vol. 4

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and healthcare to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4...more

Members Of Congress Question IRS’s Digital Currency Strategy Including “John Doe” Summons To Coinbase

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Three influential members of Congress have questioned the Internal Revenue Service’s strategy for addressing the tax treatment of digital or virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin, and its efforts to uncover the identities of...more

Challenge and Counter-Proposal

by Moskowitz LLP on

In Part I, we outlined the scope of the November 2016 summons served on Coinbase to identify its users and their transaction activity and the IRS’ justification for requesting this data under 26 U.S. Code § 7602. Section 7602...more

The Summons

by Moskowitz LLP on

Coinbase is a San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange company that operates bitcoin and other digital asset transactions and storage for over one million users in 190 countries....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A series of cyberattacks featuring ransomware rocked the world this weekend, and the aftershocks “could linger” for a while....more

State Regulation of Distributed Ledger Technology

by Goodwin on

While the federal government has taken a variety of different positions in regulating distributed ledger technology, there are several important trends that are emerging in states’ regulation of such technology...more

State Regulators Seek to Reduce Regulatory Burden for Money Services Businesses

by Stinson Leonard Street on

A new Money Services Business (MSB) Call Report was released on April 18, 2017 and is the next step for state regulators towards standardization of MSB regulation, including regulation of certain FinTech companies. The...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Times gives us some insight into the opaque (but powerful) HNA Group—the Chinese entity that began with Hainan Airlines and has grown into a global investing and acquisition powerhouse that is now the largest shareholder...more

Blog: Vermont Changes Money Transmitter Law To Formally Include Virtual Currency

by Cooley LLP on

On May 1, Vermont changed its money transmitter law to allow companies to hold virtual currency as a permissible investment. Vermont has long held the position that the business of money transmission “includes selling bitcoin...more

Blockchain Week in Review – April 2017 #3

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

Governor Signs Into Law Amendments to Washington’s Uniform Money Services Act

by Perkins Coie on

On April 18 the governor of Washington signed into law amendments proposed by the Washington Department of Financial Institutions (“DFI”) in December of last year, to the state’s Uniform Money Services Act, including...more

Blockchain Energizer Vol. 3

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and healthcare to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4 billion...more

Blog: West Virginia Defines Cryptocurrency In Anti-Money Laundering Bill

by Cooley LLP on

On April 8, West Virginia passed a new bill (pending the Governor’s signature) that defines cryptocurrency in the context of money laundering. In the bill, “Cryptocurrency” would mean “digital currency in which...more

Blog: Washington Updates Money Transmitter Law to Include Virtual Currency

by Cooley LLP on

On April 17, the state of Washington enacted a new law that, among other things, formally adds virtual currency to its money transmitter law. The new law incorporates virtual currency into the definition of money...more

Florida Lawmakers Seek to Bring Virtual Currency into the Fold

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Monday, the state of Florida moved a step closer towards amending its money laundering statute to include the nefarious use of bitcoin and other virtual currencies. The bill, H.B. 1379, has sailed through a committee vote...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Mega luxury brand news yesterday, as LVMH announced a series of moves that, combined with $13.1 billion, helped it take over the 70-year-old French fashion house Christian Dior....more

Failure to Register with FINCEN Sustains Guilty Pleas by Virtual Currency Exchangers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

It is a potential crime to conduct a business that exchanges virtual currency and fail to register with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN“), even if the State in which one operates does not impose a similar...more

Blockchain Week in Review – April 2017 #2

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

Blockchain Week in Review - April 2017 #1

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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

One might think that Tesla shareholders would be thrilled with yesterday’s news that Elon’s car-making arm has surpassed even GM in market value. True, perhaps, but only to a point. Turns out that Tesla’s recent surge has...more

Blog: Utah To Treat Certain Virtual Currency As Abandoned Property

by Cooley LLP on

On March 24, Utah modified its Unclaimed Property Act to include virtual currency in its definitions. The law includes virtual currency in the definition of property subject to abandoned property law, and defines virtual...more

Will Workplaces Be Going Off The Rails On The Blockchain?

by Fisher Phillips on

What if I told you that technology with internet-like potential will soon lead to a seismic revolution in our society, including the workplace? That you could greatly streamline your hiring process, eliminate...more

Japan exempts virtual currencies from consumption tax

by DLA Piper on

Japan's Cabinet has approved proposals for the 2017 fiscal year tax reform which include an exemption from consumption tax (the Japanese value added tax) for the transfer of virtual currency (VC-cash exchange). The...more

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