Virtual Currency Bitcoin

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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Bitstamp obtains first payment institution license in the world

Bitstamp, the third largest Bitcoin exchange in the world and located in Luxembourg, announced on April 25, 2016, that it has obtained a payment institution license from Luxembourg, which means it is the first nationally...more

Copyright’s “Double Spend” Problem: Digital First Sales

For those interested in the evolution of digital currencies, I highly recommend Steven Levy’s “E-Money (It’s What I Want)” article from Wired way back in December 1994. It’s a great read, and presages many current...more

Ransomware gets even more nightmarish with Jigsaw

We have been alerting all of our readers to the nightmares of ransomware, and that the healthcare industry is a prime target. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, a new strain of ransomware, known as Jigsaw,...more

Blog: European Parliament: Opinion on virtual currencies – regulation’s on its way (part 2)

The European Parliament’s Internal Market & Consumer Protection Committee has published an Opinion about virtual currencies. In the Opinion, which was prepared by rapporteur Ulrike Trebesius, the Committee calls on the...more

Virtual Currency Guidelines

Despite growing pains, digital currencies and blockchain may be the future of payments and global finance. As with any disruptive technology that gains popularity quickly, building the legal framework to support it is...more

State Regulation Roundup Revisited

As discussed in a previous post, several states are in various stages of implementing regulations related to digital currency. Below is an updated summary of the actions currently underway....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.15.16

Anbang Insurance Group, the Chinese insurer that surprised many with its nearly $2 billion purchase of the Waldorf Astoria 2 years ago, made an equally startling unsolicited bid to acquire Starwood Hotels for [a pricey] $12.8...more

Bitcoin traders allegedly bribe pastor to conduct transactions

New York federal prosecutors allege in an unsealed indictment that Trevor Gross, a New Jersey pastor at Hope Cathedral and Chairman of a credit union, was bribed $150,000 by illegal bitcoin traders to complete transactions...more

Cryptocurrency: A Primer

What is cryptocurrency? There is no one standard definition of cryptocurrency. At the most basic level cryptocurrency—or digital currency or virtual currency—is a medium of exchange that functions like money (in that it...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #5

EBA reports on supervisory colleges - EBA has published its annual assessment of EU colleges of supervisors. The report assesses how colleges have functioned during 2015 and identifies key activities for the effective...more

The Bitcoin Identity Crisis: Currency or Property?

The confusion over Bitcoin grows in the latest lawsuit brought in a California bankruptcy court by Trustee Mark Kasolas against Marc Lowe, a former employee of HashFast Technologies LLC. The trustee alleges, among other...more

Draft Report on Virtual Currencies Published by EU Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

On February 25, a draft report on the subject of virtual currencies was published by the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON“). The draft report consists of a motion for a European...more

Bitcoin and the Changing Legal Landscape

If your business is contemplating doing something with digital currencies (meaning virtual currencies, like Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, etc.), you need a plan. First, consider how and where your business will use digital...more

Governments Change Their Minds, Too

In a span of two years, India has done a 180-degree turn on virtual currencies. In December 2013, the Reserve Bank of India issued a press release “caution[ing] users of Virtual Currencies against Risks.” The release...more

DTCC Explores Blockchain Technology

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, or DTCC, is integrally involved with settlement of trades in public company stocks. It has issued a white paper examining the use of blockchain technology to settle securities...more

"Developments in Oversight of Virtual Currency Businesses"

Virtual currency businesses saw increased oversight by U.S. regulators in 2015, and continued interest by federal and state authorities is expected as regulation evolves. Two recent developments in this arena are particularly...more

"Bitcoins and the Blockchain: The CFTC Takes Notice of Virtual Currencies"

As interest in bitcoin derivatives has increased, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has turned more of its attention toward virtual currencies. For a little more than a year, at least two trading facilities...more

Bitcoin: Currency, Property, and Now, Commodity

In September 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order filing and settling charges against a cryptocurrency company for conducting commodity options-related activity without complying with...more

Virtual Currencies and the Risks They Bring to Community Banks and the Financial Industry

Virtual currencies are once again at the forefront of discussion about top issues facing community banks and the financial industry as a whole. The Independent Community Bankers of America (“ICBA”), a trade association...more

The United States Taxation of Bitcoins and Transactions Denominated in Bitcoins

On March 25, 2014 the Internal Revenue Service published Notice 2014-21 which described the United States taxation of Bitcoins and the United States taxation of transactions denominated in Bitcoins. This Notice generally...more

SEC Files Complaint Against Bitcoin Mining Companies for Running Alleged Ponzi Scheme

On December 1, the SEC announced that it charged two Connecticut-based Bitcoin mining companies and their founder with allegedly running a Ponzi scheme, from approximately August 2014 through December 2014, to defraud...more

Mining For Virtual Currencies – The SEC Charges Fraud

Virtual currencies such as bitcoin have grown in popularity. With that popularity it may well have been inevitable that the SEC would bring enforcement actions centered on the new phenomenon, alleging fraud. A new variation...more

Not a Coin Toss: Regulatory Agencies Bringing Enforcement Actions Against Virtual Currency Start-ups

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and the SEC are flexing their regulatory muscles to rein in securities and commodities rules violations by start-up companies in the virtual currency space. On September 17,...more

Virtual Currencies: International Actions and Regulations

In addition to issuing warnings about their use, Argentina has suggested an increased interest in virtual currency transactions by requiring financial institutions and other entities to report virtual currency transactions...more

ECJ rules bitcoin exchange is VAT exempt

In the case of Skatteverket v. Hedqvist, the ECJ ruled that the exchange of traditional currency for bitcoin virtual currency and vice versa constitutes a VAT exempt supply of services under the VAT Directive. The ECJ ruled...more

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