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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

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Barclays and a group of its former execs are facing charges of fraud by false representation by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office over deals they struck with Qatar in 2008 to avoid a government bailout....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Because we haven’t spilled enough ink on GE this week, Dealbook’s Common Sense column asks if GE’s decline (at least from a stock performance perspective) wasn’t so much Jeff Immelt’s doing as it was Jack Welch’s....more

Blockchains, Smart Contracts and Real Estate

The real estate industry is frequently identified as one of the most likely early adopters of blockchain technology and smart contracts. However, industry participants remain skeptical as to the timing and magnitude of the...more

New Hampshire Exempts Bitcoin from Money Transmitter Regulation

The pro-bitcoin legislation trend continues. This month New Hampshire passed legislation that exempts persons using virtual currency from registering as money transmitters. Specifically, the law amends existing RSA 399-G,...more

Blockchain Week in Review - June 2017 #5

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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

New Nevada Law Recognizes Enforceability of Blockchain Transactions; Blocks Local Government Regulation and Taxation

Senate Bill 398, unanimously passed by the Nevada legislature and signed into law by the Governor on June 5th, represents the most far-reaching state legislation to date concerning the use of blockchain technology. Blockchain...more

A Long Journey Through “Silk Road” Appeal: Second Circuit Affirms Conviction and Life Sentence of Silk Road Mastermind

On May 31, 2017, the Second Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in the “Silk Road” case, United States v. Ulbricht, (15-1815-cr) (2nd Cir. May 31, 2017) (Newman, Lynch, Droney)....more

Policymakers Increasing Their Scrutiny of Virtual Currencies

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Virtual currencies are attracting unprecedented worldwide attention from not only businesses and investors but also U.S. policymakers. The increasingly intense interest in virtual currencies is fueled by all-time highs in...more

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Uber made waves yesterday by firing 20 employees as part of an internal investigation into sexual harassment and other unsavory aspects of its workplace culture....more

Resources on Crypto-Tokens and Securities Law

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The following resources take a deep dive into the issues surrounding crypto-tokens and securities law and recognize that, when properly designed, some tokens may not meet the Howey test...more

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Even as the administration is mulling over withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, Exxon Mobil’s shareholders have voted to demand a more detailed accounting of the climate change policy risks facing the company—an...more

Blockchain Week in Review – May 2017 #4

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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

Guilt by Association: Bitcoin and the WannaCry Ransomware Attack

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The recent so-called “WannaCry” ransomware cyber-extortion attack has thrust bitcoin as a means of payment back into the debate surrounding illegal online activity. Much in the way that the internet, in its early days, was...more

Where Does One Find Bitcoin to Pay the Hacker When Your Computer is Locked? An ATM, Of Course!: Cybersecurity Trends

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Needless to say, cybersecurity and its challenges have become even more of a hot topic than ever, with ransomware stories becoming more prevalent. If you want to learn more about how to prevent ransomware attacks, read...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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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

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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

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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

Florida Lawmakers Seek to Bring Virtual Currency into the Fold

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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

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