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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 -

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

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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

Treatment of Bitcoin Under U.S. Property Law

by Perkins Coie on

In this white paper, we analyze the treatment of bitcoin under applicable U.S. property law. We conclude that property interests should exist in bitcoin under such law, and that multiple sources of persuasive authority...more

SEC Denies Listing of another Bitcoin Fund; Petition for Review Filed for Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust

The SEC has denied a proposed rule change by NYSE Arca to permit the listing and trading of shares of the SolidX Bitcoin Trust. The reasons were substantially similar to the reasons the SEC denied a proposed rule change...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Another tech-related disappointment for the Winklevii, this time with ramifications for an entire means of payment, as the SEC has rejected an application by the brothers to create an ETF tied to the price of bitcoin....more

SEC Order Prevents Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust

The SEC declined to approve a rule change submitted by Bats BZX Exchange designed to permit the listing and trading the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust. The SEC said it did not approve the proposed rule change because it did not...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

There’s been a bit of a stir in the paint world, with Dutch firm Akzo Nobel rejecting a takeover bid from PPG Industries valued at $22 billion. In a statement, Akzo claimed that the offer “substantially undervalues” the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The SEC is set to decide this week whether to okay a new ETF that could provide investors easier access to bitcoin, a potentially transformative move for the virtual currency....more

The Devil Is in the Details: SEC Regulation of Blockchain Technology

by Polsinelli on

Blockchain technology has captured the imagination of the financial services industry. Unfortunately, the adoption of the technology is impaired by a lack of clarity from regulators including the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Are Banks Ready for a KYC Revolution?

Many of the world’s largest financial institutions have invested in distributed ledger technology—known popularly as blockchain technology—to improve their business operations. An area where this disruptive innovation holds...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A collection of corporate heavy hitters are betting big on the blockchain technology behind bitcoin rival Ethereum to build a computing system to track data and financial contracts. The project is seen by some as a way to...more

Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing with a Distributed Ledger

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Despite the staggering $8 billion figure estimated to be spent on global compliance in 2017, U.S.-based rules regarding Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (“CFT”) remain anchored in their...more

Coinbase the Latest to Obtain New York BitLicense

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) has issued its fifth BitLicense to date, continuing a marked effort to bring legitimacy and controls to the virtual currency (“VC”) industry, whose advantages in...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

While Wall Street’s been waiting with bated breath for the big Snap IPO, Jose Cuervo (yes, that Jose Cuervo, via parent company Becle) has briefly stolen a bit of its public offering thunder with its plans to sell shares on...more

2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part Two)

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In part two of our review of the 2016 developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the criminal money laundering statutes, forfeiture, and related issues, we discuss four additional key...more

2016 Year End Review: Virtual Currency: DOJ and IRS Broadly Seek Virtual Currency Account User Information

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Under Internal Revenue Code section 7609(f), the IRS may issue a “John Doe” administrative summons to discover the identities of unknown taxpayers. A “John Doe” summons can be a powerful enforcement tool because it allows the...more

New York State Department of Financial Services Grants Virtual Currency License to Coinbase, Inc.

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The NYSDFS approved the application of Coinbase, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Coinbase Global, Inc., for a virtual currency and a money transmitter license. As part of its review of Coinbase’s application, NYSDFS...more

Digital Currencies: International Actions and Regulations

by Perkins Coie on

Argentina - Virtual currencies are not legal tender under the country’s National Constitution, which designates the Central Bank as the only authority that may issue legal tender. Although not specifically regulated,...more

Bitcoin and the IRS - The Battle Continues

Dispute is heating up over IRS’s attempts to get personal information about users of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. Last November, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) filed a petition in the United States...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Ratings Agency Moody’s Corp. has agreed to pay roughly $864 million to resolve federal and state claims that it gave juiced ratings to risky MBS in the run-up to the financial crisis. Half of the total will end up in DOJ...more

Expect the Unexpected: The Year Ahead for the Financial Institutions Sector

by Hogan Lovells on

With contributors across the sector and the globe, we've compiled a review of some of the developments that will affect financial institutions in 2017 and beyond. The one thing that 2016 taught us was to expect the...more

Three examples of blockchain smart contracts – Internet of Things, commercial paper and daos

by Hogan Lovells on

For thousands of years, society has recorded information in ledgers, ranging from clay tablets, books through to cloud based computer systems. Despite the advance of technology, all of these ledgers have effectively been...more

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