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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 -

China Halts ICOs and Token Sales and China-Based Trading Platforms Suspend Trading Amid Reports of Additional Government...

by Perkins Coie on

The government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has formally announced a suspension to all ICOs and token offerings and financing activities by releasing two notices, namely, the Notice of Seven Ministries Including...more

Bill Introduced In Congress To Exempt Small Bitcoin Transactions From Income Tax

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Two members of Congress have introduced a bill that would exempt from income tax transactions under $600 conducted using Bitcoin or other digital currencies. Currently, the Internal Revenue Service treats digital currencies...more

Blockchain Week in Review – September 2017 #7

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

Every Day is Bitcoin Pizza Day: What Clients and Estate Planners Need to Know about Virtual Currency

by Murtha Cullina on

The combined value of all of the 867 crypto currencies tracked by CoinMarketCap.com is presently over $161 billion. Only seven years ago, on what is commemorated as “Bitcoin Pizza Day,” Bitcoin, then a new crypto currency,...more

No Summer Vacation for Distributed Ledger Technology

by Reed Smith on

As regulators across the globe turn their attention to distributed ledger technology (DLT), developments in this space have been in the news almost weekly this summer. In the past six weeks alone regulators in the United...more

SEC Securities Trading Suspension for Three Blockchain-Related Companies

by Reed Smith on

The spot market for digital tokens, which was once a “wild west” seemingly outside the scope of most federal regulations, is being integrated into the emerging Federal and State regulatory regime. In a period of just over two...more

Bitcoin and Blockchain: Certain U.S. Regulatory Considerations for Investment Managers

by Winstead PC on

Bitcoin is the first blockchain or distributed ledger technology (“DLT”) to successfully solve a problem succinctly described by Marc Andreessen: “Bitcoin gives us, for the first time, a way for one Internet user to transfer...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Q2 saw US growth hit the 3% mark for the first time in two years, besting last quarter’s lackluster showing by almost 2%. The report helped boost stocks across the board....more

Alabama Adopts New Law Governing Virtual Currency Transactions

This month a new law governing virtual currency and online transactions went into effect in Alabama. The Alabama Monetary Transmission Act was passed by the legislature in May and replaces the “Sale of Checks Act” which had...more

Cryptocurrency Traders Beware – The Taxman Cometh!

As the collective market cap of the cryptocurrencies has jump above $150 billion, traders and investors have accumulated significant gains. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the Internal Revenue Service is stepping...more

As Digital Currency Spreads, So Does its Global Regulation: India and Australia Enter the Fray

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As digital currency becomes more ubiquitous, state and federal regulators across the United States, as well as regulators in many other countries, are examining how existing regulatory structures need to be adapted to account...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Chevron CEO John Watson is out in a move that leaves the energy giant without a board-confirmed successor and marks the “dramatic shift under way at big oil companies as they adapt to a prolonged period of lower prices...more

Blockchain's Steady March to Legitimacy

by White & Case LLP on

Four separate events during the second half of July signal that virtual currency and blockchain are steadily becoming part of mainstream financial services. The interconnected histories of Bitcoin (the most common virtual...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Wells Fargo has reportedly uncovered another trove of unauthorized accounts, according to a regulatory filing on Friday. The bank also disclosed a CFPB investigation over potential harm to customers over its practice of...more

SEC Confirms Certain ICOs Are Securities Offerings; Regulators Renew Focus on Cryptocurrencies

by WilmerHale on

What Is an ICO? An ICO, or initial coin offering, is the sale of virtual coins or tokens, often as a means of capital raising by startup companies that are involved in blockchain technology. Depending on the terms of the...more

SPLITCOIN: The Impact of the World’s Biggest Cryptocurrency Forking Into Two.

by Locke Lord LLP on

On August 1, 2017, Bitcoin, the world’s most capitalized and popular digital currency, was split into two separate blockchains, “Bitcoin”[classic] and “Bitcoin Cash.” The controversial decision to “Hard Fork” Bitcoin’s code...more

Do Not Expect Anonymity from Virtual Currency

by Sanford Millar on

There is a widely held misconception that using virtual currency such as BitCoin assure the users that their transaction is anonymous. For this reason virtual currency is used to move money from countries with currency...more

SEC Speaks on Initial Coin Offerings: Tokens May Be Securities

No blockchain phenomenon has garnered more attention lately than Initial Coin Offerings ("ICOs"), which have exploded in value and raised more than $1.2 billion thus far this year....more

SEC Issues Guidance on Initial Coin Offerings

by Cozen O'Connor on

On July 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Enforcement issued an investigative report on a hot new fundraising phenomenon being used by emerging companies, venture capital funds, and hedge...more

A Shot Across the Bow - and a Welcome One

by Sullivan & Worcester on

In the wild west of token sales, that some refer to as “initial token offerings,” on July 25, the SEC finally jumped into the fray and said . . . well, actually, not that much. The SEC investigated Slock.it, a decentralized...more

Between Bridges: SEC Declines to Prosecute Issuer of Digital Tokens That It Deems Securities Not Issued in Accordance with US...

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a Report of Investigation that concluded that digital tokens issued by an entity for the purpose of raising funds for projects – even if using distributed ledger or...more

Hacker Steals Millions from Virtual Currency Exchange Bithumb

A cyber-attack against–Bithumb–one of South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges and one of the five largest in the world—has reaped access to the data of 30,000 users and drained their accounts in the process. Bithumb is...more

Blockchain Energizer Vol. 8

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

Primer on the Draft Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act

The Uniform Law Commission is set to vote on a draft Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act at its upcoming annual meeting in San Diego beginning on July 14th. As numerous states and federal regulators have...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

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