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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 -

Blog: Washington Updates Money Transmitter Law to Include Virtual Currency

by Cooley LLP on

On April 17, the state of Washington enacted a new law that, among other things, formally adds virtual currency to its money transmitter law. The new law incorporates virtual currency into the definition of money...more

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

Blockchain Week in Review - April 2017 #1

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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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

Blog: Utah To Treat Certain Virtual Currency As Abandoned Property

by Cooley LLP on

On March 24, Utah modified its Unclaimed Property Act to include virtual currency in its definitions. The law includes virtual currency in the definition of property subject to abandoned property law, and defines virtual...more

Will Workplaces Be Going Off The Rails On The Blockchain?

by Fisher Phillips on

What if I told you that technology with internet-like potential will soon lead to a seismic revolution in our society, including the workplace? That you could greatly streamline your hiring process, eliminate...more

Japan exempts virtual currencies from consumption tax

by DLA Piper on

Japan's Cabinet has approved proposals for the 2017 fiscal year tax reform which include an exemption from consumption tax (the Japanese value added tax) for the transfer of virtual currency (VC-cash exchange). The...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

IRS Files Petition to Enforce Summons Issued to Virtual Currency Company

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) obtained authorization from a California federal court last November to serve a John Doe summons on the virtual currency firm Coinbase in order to obtain customer information to determine...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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

EU Proposes Significant Changes to Anti-Money Laundering Laws

Policy makers in Europe continue to explore responses to the Panama Papers revelations and recent terrorist attacks. On 28 February, European law makers approved important amendments to the EU’s Anti-Money Laundering (AML)...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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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

The Blockchain revolution: An analysis of regulation and technology related to Distributed Ledger Technologies

by DLA Piper on

Blockchain is on the verge of revolutionizing how we interact in the digital world. It has far reaching applications from the Financial industry to many other sectors of the economy. The question is what is Blockchain, what...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

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