Virtual Currency Securities & Exchange Commission

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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Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 32

In this issue: - SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements - ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs - Consumer Financial...more

Bitcoin Investment Vehicles Beware – The SEC is Watching

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently charged the co-owner of two Bitcoin-related websites for publicly offering shares in the ventures without registering the securities under the Securities Act of 1933 (the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 24

In this issue: - Commissioner Kara M. Stein Calls for More Stringent Net Capital Requirements for Broker Dealers - US Marshals Service Announces Auction of Silk Road Bitcoins - Investment Adviser Accused...more

SEC, Bitcoin and Unregistered Offerings

Bitcoin has been a much discussed item recently. The virtual currency is a digital representation of value that is traded and can serve as a medium of exchange. There are websites that use it. At one time there was a stock...more

Senate Banking Committee Leaders Seek Regulators’ Views On Virtual Currencies

On May 19, the Senate Banking Committee’s chairman and ranking member, Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), sent a letter to the leaders of the Treasury Department, the SEC, the CFTC, the OCC, the FDIC, and the...more

SEC Alerts Investors: Of Bitcoin Risks

For the second time in less than one year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued an alert to investors about the risks of investing in Bitcoin and other virtual currency-related opportunities....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 14

In this issue: - SEC Requests Comment on FINRA Rules - CFTC Issues Interpretation Regarding Auditor Independence Standards - OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20 - NFA...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 5

In this issue: - FTC Announces New Filing Thresholds for Hart-Scott-Rodino Pre-Merger Notifications - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Three C&DIs Relating to “Unbundling Rule” - NFA Members...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 2 • January 23, 2014 (Global)

IN THIS ISSUE: • Discussion and Analysis • News from the Americas • News from Asia and the Pacific • News from Europe • Global Regulators • US Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Virtual Currency Year-In-Review: Bitcoin and Beyond

Bitcoin and other decentralized, math-based virtual currencies emerged in 2013 as nascent challenges to traditional payment systems, drawing widespread public attention, venture capital investment, and regulatory scrutiny....more

Bitcoin: Current US Regulatory Developments

In recent months Bitcoin has become a hot topic in the financial, regulatory and legal community and has received widespread attention from newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Katten Muchin...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 21 • November 2013 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - This week, the Oxford Dictionaries chose “selfie” as the word of the year. It beat out a number of other relatively new Internet and social-media related terms, including “bitcoin.” In...more

State, Federal Authorities Increase Scrutiny Of Virtual Currencies, Emerging Payment Providers

On August 12, New York Department of Financial Services (NY DFS) Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky issued a notice of inquiry about the “appropriate regulatory guidelines that [the NY DFS] should put in place for virtual...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - August 16, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - PAYMENTS - INSURANCE - E-COMMERCE - Excerpt from...more

Federal Court Finds That Issuer Shares Purchased with Bitcoin Are Securities

A federal district court has ruled that investors who pay for shares using Bitcoin have effectively invested money, at least for purposes of federal securities laws. The decision has implications for funds that seek to...more

Federal District Court Holds Bitcoin Is Money, SEC Can Pursue Bitcoin-Based Securities Charges

On August 6, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas held that the court has subject matter jurisdiction over the SEC’s claims that a Texas man and his company defrauded investors in a Ponzi scheme involving...more

Goodbye Switzerland. Hello Bitcoins.

Bitcoins are everywhere. Last week, a federal judge in Texas held that the virtual currency qualifies as a form of money and allowed the SEC to charge a promoter of a scheme to invest in bitcoins with violations of the...more

Bitcoin Scheme Worthy of Charles Ponzi

On July 23, 2013 the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced it was bringing charges in a Texas federal court against Trendon Shavers for allegedly using a Bitcoin Ponzi scheme to defraud investors between...more

Court Maintains Bitcoin-Related Investment Scheme Is A Security Under The Federal Securities Laws

In response to the SEC’s first civil complaint arising from online virtual currency trading, alleged Bitcoin Ponzi schemer Trendon Shavers recently challenged the district court’s authority to hear the case. ...more

Around the Virtual World: July 22-26, 2013

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods and other social media. In This Issue: - Surprise: Facebook Is The Tech Company That Reports The Blowout Quarter - SEC Says Texas...more

Bitcoin Under SEC Scrutiny: First Civil Prosecution Brought Against Alleged Virtual Currency Ponzi Scheme Company

On July 23, 2013, the SEC ventured into the electronic currency world by filing a civil complaint against virtual currency “trader” Trendon Shavers and his company, Bitcoin Savings and Trust, in the U.S. District Court for...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - March 28, 2013

In This Issue: - Global Banking Group Calls for Several Rates to Replace Libor - U.S. Applies Money-Laundering Rules to "Virtual Currencies" - SEC Says Big Banks Don't Have to Hold Shareholder Break-Up Votes -...more

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