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Australian Securities Exchange Announces Decision to Implement Blockchain-Based Clearing and Settlement System

Blockchain advocates have been awaiting the final decision by ASX Ltd, the Australian Securities Exchange, as to whether ASX will replace its existing and aged CHESS registry, settlement and clearing system with a...more

What Companies Can Learn from the DNC Hack

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In summer 2015, the spies of a foreign country gained access to a private company’s domain name – pick any company you like, or several, since we don’t know which ones or how many. And within those domains, they created false...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 90, the Carbon Copy edition

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Jay Rosen and myself take a look at some of the top compliance stories over the past week. 1. A very interesting article by T. Markus Funk and Andrew Boutros entitled, "The Evolution and Status of 'Carbon...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2018 #2

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Editor's Note - In This Issue. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its five-year Strategic Plan and issued a request for information on its enforcement processes; the New York State Department of...more

Upcoming SEC Open Meeting

On February 14, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it will hold an open meeting on February 21st at 10 a.m. to consider various matters, including whether to approve the issuance of an interpretive...more

Bridging the Week - February 2018 #2

Last week, the chairmen of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission provided their insight into the risks of cryptocurrency activities before a Senate committee. During his...more

Global Innovation Centers in the Data-Driven Digital Economy

GICs offer advantages for exploiting big data and staying competitive. Data is the fuel of the 21st-century economy. Companies must manage and exploit data and digital technologies in an innovative, agile and cost...more

SEC v. PlexCorps — Cyber Unit Enforcement Action Underscores Potential Challenges to Cross-Border Cryptocurrency Enforcement

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Following the hype of Bitcoin, regulatory and other concerns surrounding various forms of cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings (“ICOs”) have taken center stage. As of late last year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Across the Board-Episode 15, Joe Howell on Board Governance and Risk Oversight

by Thomas Fox on

One of the ongoing questions from members of Board of Directors is how to resolve the tension between oversight and managing. I recently had the opportunity to visit with Joe Howell, the Executive Vice President (EVP) of...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 370 Carlos Ayres on 2017 Brazilian Anti-Corruption Wrap Up and Going Forward into 2018

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with Carlos Ayres, partner at Medea, Ayres and Sarubbi in Sao Paulo. We visit on the past year in anti-corruption enforcement in Brazil and where it may lead in 2018. Carlos discusses the continued...more

SEC Exams to Focus on ICOs and Cryptocurrency

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On February 7, 2018, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced its 2018 Examination Priorities. In what comes as no surprise, the exam priorities include initial coin offerings (ICOs) and...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 70-AI in a Hotline App

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I go into the weeds on the fascinating subject relating to the intersection of compliance and technology: AI and hotlines. Matt blogged on and podcasted with Scott LaVictor, CEO of Neighborhood...more

The Top Ten Regulatory and Litigation Risks for Private Funds in 2018

With the public equity markets at an all-time high and private equity fund raising setting new records, it might seem counter-intuitive to forecast litigation and regulatory risks. The opposite is true. Disputes typically...more

U.S. Treasury to Review FinCEN’s Cryptocurrency Practices

In October, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (the “Treasury”) released its Annual Plan, outlining the Office of Inspector General’s audit and investigative priorities for fiscal year 2018. The Annual Plan notes that...more

Family Businesses and Tech – Leveling the Playing Field

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

There is a belief that family businesses are behind the curve when it comes to embracing new technology in the company structure. In a 2016 family business survey, 37 percent of the next generation say they struggle to get...more

Recent Developments Determining Design Patent Damages

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Design patents have been a hot topic in the IP field because statutory law says that infringers must pay the total profits on an article of manufacture that infringes a protected design. The profit disgorgement and...more

‘Where’ Is Patent Infringement Committed, and What Could It Mean for Georgia-Based Companies Sued Outside of Georgia?

Is patent litigation coming home to Georgia? Last year the U.S. Supreme Court holding in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Grp. Brands significantly affected the law of venue jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) for patent...more

State-Level Legislation Anticipates Wide-Spread Business Use of Blockchain

On a daily basis, companies are announcing new developments on the adoption of blockchain in core business operations. However, many of these use cases present unique legal issues. In order to provide some clarity on some of...more

Foley’s 2017 Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles Survey - Part 1

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We’re in the midst of a rapid evolution not only in the way drivers operate their vehicles, but also in the operations, compliance, go-to-market strategy and cyber preparedness of the entire automotive industry. More than 70...more

SEC’s OCIE Announces National Exam Program Priorities

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published its National Exam Program Examination Priorities. This year’s publication comes in the form of a brochure, much like the one issued by the...more

Blockchain and Privacy

Discussions about “blockchain” technology seem to be everywhere these days, with potential applications spanning industries as diverse as banking, healthcare, real estate, law enforcement, entertainment, and even wine and...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - February, 2018

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - 3 Things Every Startup Cofounder Should Keep in Mind - Co-founders are like spouses, friends, teammates and colleagues all wrapped up in one....more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 89, the Eagles Soar edition

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, we discuss the following: 1. What do Steve Wynn's resignation and Wells Fargo's continuing problems tell us about corporate governance? 2. Bill Coffin asks why Wells Fargo, Volkswagen and Samsung are on...more

CFTC Proposes Interpretation to Address Cryptocurrency Delivery Questions

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On December 15, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued its proposed interpretation of the term “actual delivery” in the context of virtual currency retail commodity transactions. Comments to the...more

Legal Considerations for Ridesharing Companies in the Autonomous Vehicle Industry

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While autonomous vehicles are still in the testing phase, more than 260 companies vie for Venture Capital funding as they drive the industry toward commercialization. Car manufacturers, technology companies, and ridesharing...more

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