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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 -

SEC Declares That Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) May Be Securities; Finds DAO a Security

The SEC has opined that, depending on the facts and circumstances of each individual ICO, the virtual coins or tokens that are offered or sold may be securities. If they are securities, the offer and sale of these virtual...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

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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Because we haven’t spilled enough ink on GE this week, Dealbook’s Common Sense column asks if GE’s decline (at least from a stock performance perspective) wasn’t so much Jeff Immelt’s doing as it was Jack Welch’s....more

Blockchain Week in Review - June 2017 #5

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 and the financial markets: Will 2017 be the year of the regulators? New rules covering blockchain and distributed...

by White & Case LLP on

In 2016, policy makers and regulators started to take an active interest in blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). However, many adopted a "wait and see" approach rather than producing binding regulations. 2017...more

Blockchain Week in Review – April 2017 #3

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 #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

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

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

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

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

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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation—the company that “serves as the back end for much Wall Street trading”—has announced a big step forward in the embrace of blockchain technology to track and report transactions. IBM...more

Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

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- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Lynn Tilton’s very public spat with the SEC over the agency’s in-house court system may be heading to the Supreme Court, thanks in part to a recent 10th Circuit opinion last week that created a Circuit split over the...more

Blockchain and Public Securities: Shedding Light on 'Going Dark'

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The application of blockchain technology to the securities market could prove to be a game changer by adding transparency, reducing costs and speeding up settlements. Initially known as the technology underlying the...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.21.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Testifying before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf admitted that the illegal sham-account-creation activity at the heart of its recent SEC fine may have begun earlier than first reported....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.26.16

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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

Global Government Solutions® 2016 Mid-Year Outlook

by K&L Gates LLP on

This newest edition of the Global Government Solutions® series highlights increased government involvement in global commerce and provides the latest regulatory information corporate leaders need to navigate the intersection...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.11.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

Key Takeaways from SEC/DOJ Enforcement Panel

Last week, representatives of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) participated in Sandpiper Partners LLC’s Annual SEC/DOJ Enforcement 2016 Panel at the Metropolitan...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.3.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Craig Steven Wright—the Australian who claims to be famed Bitcoin mastermind Satoshi Nakamoto—is not exactly being welcomed with open (and unquestioning) arms – NYTimes... Stocks came booming back yesterday after a tough...more

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