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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Blog: Virtual currencies & the 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive: EBA criticizes Commission’s proposals

The European Banking Authority has published an Opinion, which criticizes the Commission’s approach to virtual currencies (VCs) and its proposed amendments to the 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive (4AMLD). In its 2014...more

Blog: California Senate converts proposed BitLicence into digital currency enrollment program

A Virtual Currency (BitLicence) Bill (AB 1326) was introduced into the California Assembly on 27 February 2015. A few days ago, the Senate amended that Bill to create a Digital Currency Business Enrollment Program instead;...more

Bitcoin Exchange Bitfinex Hacked

Bitcoin Exchange Bitfinex, based in Hong Kong, was hacked last week, incurring a whopping loss of $65 million. It was shut down last week after 119,756 bitcoins were stolen from users’ accounts....more

CFTC Considers Blockchain Technology

The disruptive effects of blockchain technology on the financial system may take several years to materialize. Nevertheless, in preparation, regulators are increasingly focused on understanding potential uses of blockchain...more

Can blockchain live up to the hype?

Is blockchain the revolutionary technology that will rewrite the rules for the finance industry, identifying authenticity and verifying payment flows that arise at a business-to-business level or between business and...more

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2016 #4

Editor's Note - What Exactly Is Bitcoin? In a case featuring a sting operation beginning with meetings in a coffee shop, ice cream store and hotel lobby and ending with the sale of bitcoins to an undercover Miami Beach...more

Florida Judge Rules Bitcoin is not Money

On July 25, a Florida Circuit Court judge dismissed state criminal charges against a defendant who attempted to sell bitcoins for $30,000 in cash on the ground that bitcoins are not money. Defendant Michell Abner Espinoza...more

North Carolina Clarifies Digital Currency Amidst Growing Interest in Blockchain Technology

Earlier this month, North Carolina’s governor signed into law an updated Money Transmitters Act (MTA), which seeks to clarify the rules for digital currency. The updated MTA defines what North Carolina considers “monetary...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.26.16

Private equity bigwig Lynn Tilton has reportedly hired appellate superstar Paul Clement (after Gibson Dunn got the boot) to represent her in her “bid to revive her challenge to the [SEC’s] in-house court at the Second...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.22.16

EU financial watchdog ESMA has fined rating agency Fitch Ratings Ltd. $1.5 million for reportedly violating the EU’s rules for rating agencies relating to the 12-hour requirement, internal controls, and unauthorized...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.21.16

The Treasury Dept’s Office of Financial Research has found that money-market funds are increasingly entering into direct repurchase loans with large investors and insurers—another sign that “participants in short-term lending...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.20.16

We’ve heard about VW’s $15 billion settlement to resolve US claims by owners and regulators, but a spate of recent state AG-led actions shows that the fallout from the emissions cheating scandal is far from over. NY, MA, and...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.11.16

A putative class action filed last week is accusing 25 prominent banks—including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Barclays—of “conspiring to rig the market for securities” sold by the US Treasury in their roles as primary...more

Blog: North Carolina Introduces #Bitlicence For Virtual Currency Exchanges & Wallet Providers

North Carolina has amended its Money Transmitters Act, to introduce a new #Bitlicence. The new legislation was introduced into the North Carolina General Assembly on 18 March 2015, at the request of the Office of the...more

Government Investigations: Use of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and Virtual Currency

Since 2009, the US Department of Justice has implemented an aggressive anti-tax evasion strategy that has changed by targeting tax havens that host financial intermediaries (i.e., banks) to the financial intermediaries...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #4

ESMA publishes EU MAR Q&A - ESMA has published a Q&A document relating to practical issues surrounding the implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR). It clarifies the scope of firms subject to the EU MAR...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #10

EBA seeks views on the use of consumer data - EBA has published a discussion paper on innovative uses of consumer data by financial institutions. It identifies risks and benefits for consumers and financial institutions,...more

Your Next IPO Could Be on the Blockchain

Delaware’s corporate law blockchain initiative includes a new class of “distributed ledger shares” and promises to lower transactional costs, speed up and automate manual processes, and reduce fraud. The public and...more

The Continuing Mystery of Satoshi Nakamoto

Bitcoin was born on November 2008 when an anonymous user named “Satoshi Nakamoto” published a post on a cryptography blog linking to a paper the user had written about a decentralized peer-to-peer electronic cash system. ...more

NYS approves Gemini Trust Company to trade digital currency ether

The New York State Department of Financial Services has approved the application of Gemini Trust Company to trade the digital currency ether on its platform, which is the first time the state has consented to the trading of a...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.6.16

And just as quickly as he was back on the scene, now he’s gone. With a wipe of the evidence purporting to show he invented Bitcoin and a new post entitled “I’m sorry,” Craig Steven Wright appears poised to fade back into the...more

Blockchain: What is all the buzz about?

Blockchain technology, introduced as the magic behind Bitcoin, is being touted by many as the next major disruptive innovation – in global trade and way beyond. At its core, Blockchain shifts the accounting function...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #26

Commission reports on CMU - The Commission has published a working report on the progress and momentum around the CMU action plan since its launch in September 2015. The first report also sets out 11 key initiatives...more

Blockchain Basics: A Primer - Blockchain, the technology underlying the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, is poised to revolutionize how all...

You have probably heard of Bitcoin, a peer-to-peer, non-governmental currency. Bitcoin is the first money that is its own payment system. That is, no bank, money transmitter or intermediary of any kind is required to clear...more

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