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Recent SEC Enforcement Actions and Public Statement in the Blockchain Space

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The SEC has recently taken significant public steps in the regulation of token sales (popularly known as initial coin offerings, or ICOs) relating to blockchain. While the SEC Guidance provides clarity for critical points and...more

Billable Bitcoins: Why it Pays for Lawyers to Accept Cryptocurrency

With bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies reaching shocking new prices seemingly every day, some people have finally started putting the new payment systems to real use – paying lawyers. Earlier this fall Nebraska became the...more

What Is ADS-B and What Do Lenders and Lessors Need to Know About ADS-B?

by King & Spalding on

While compliance with the upcoming ADS-B requirements is primarily an issue for those responsible for maintenance and operation of aircraft, lenders and lessors should understand ADS-B compliance requirements and plan...more

When Does Software Become Securities?

The SEC Munchee Order and Chairman’s Statement - On December 11, 2017, the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a cease and desist order (“Order”) against Munchee, Inc.’s (“Munchee”) $15 million Initial...more

SEC Takes $15 Million Bite Out of an ICO

The SEC issued a cease and desist order against Munchee’s $15 million ICO, opining that the tokens were securities for which no there was registration statement filed or in effect with the Commission nor a qualifying...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Crowdfunding site Indiegogo is hoping that a bold move—as one of the first mainstream companies to do so— into the roller-coaster world of ICOs will help make the offerings more palatable for small and large investors....more

Crowdfunding 101

by LeClairRyan on

“Crowdfunding” offers an option to startups and small businesses to raise capital, although it is a greatly misunderstood and misused term. It refers to the pooling of money from a crowd for the funding of a project or...more

Holland & Knight's Israel Practice Newsletter - Winter 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Holland & Knight is a U.S.-based global law firm with a strong commitment to the state of Israel. We focus on providing guidance to Israeli investors and companies interested in doing business or making investments in the...more

SEC Halts Initial Coin Offering; Chair Clayton Speaks

Munchee Inc., a California-based company selling digital tokens to investors to raise capital for its blockchain-based food review service halted its initial coin offering (ICO) after being contacted by the SEC. Munchee Inc....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Bitcoin futures started trading yesterday for the first time prompting concerns about the volatility of the cryptocurrency that prompted several exchange outages due to 10%+ swings in its price as well as heavy website...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Statement on Self-Certification of Bitcoin Products by CME, CFE and Cantor Exchange - On December 1, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") issued a Statement on the Self-Certification of Bitcoin...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The UK and EU made a significant breakthrough early this morning to “unlock” Brexit divorce negotiations. The still-rough agreement would see Britain repaying $53 billion and addressed in at least vague terms thorny issues...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The latest on the potential Disney move for “significant parts of 21st Century Fox,” which is nearing completion and could see Murdoch scion leaving his father and brother in order to work for Big Mouse....more

Compliance With New York’s Cybersecurity Regulation 23 NYCRR Part 500

On March 1, 2017, New York’s Cybersecurity Regulation (23 NYCRR Part 500) became effective. The regulation is the first of its kind in the nation and requires certain companies, including banks, insurance companies and other...more

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Discusses Blockchain’s Effect on Markets

The effect of Bitcoin on securities markets and enhanced measures related to retail investors were the focus at the October meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee (Committee)....more

U.S. Court Orders Coinbase to Share Information about Account Holders with the IRS but Limits to Transactions over $20,000

A U.S. federal district court judge on Tuesday, November 29 ordered Coinbase Inc., the largest cryptocurrency exchange and storage platform in the world, to provide information about certain of its account holders to the U.S....more

CFTC Releases Statement on Three Exchanges’ Plans to List Bitcoin Contracts

On December 1, 2017, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and CBOE Futures Exchange took the necessary regulatory steps to begin trading new bitcoin futures contracts this month. The Cantor Exchange took similar steps to begin...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Bitcoin surged to over $11,000 yesterday before falling 20% later in the day, prompting this look from the Journal at the widespread lure of Bitcoin mania....more

Real News - Autumn/Winter 2017

by DLA Piper on

You may have heard about the digital currency known as “Bitcoin”, a system of electronic cash that can be traded peer-to-peer solely via the internet. Whilst Bitcoin’s wild price swings and internet success have been the...more

What would happen to the value of cryptocurrencies if Exchanges had to Issue a Form 1099 on an annual basis?

by Sanford Millar on

The IRS issued a John DOE Summons for records of U.S. account holders of Coinbase, Inc. (“Coinbase”) a cryptocurrency exchange based in San Francisco, California. Coinbase objected to production of the records and a Summons...more

Forever 21 Latest Retailer to Suffer Credit Card Breach

Forever 21 has warned customers who used a credit card at any of its stores between March and October 2017 that their credit card may have been compromised....more

ECB Announces Support for Fintech Bank Applicants

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 15 November 2017, the European Central Bank (ECB) published a newsletter containing an article on how the ECB is dealing with the increasing number of fintech bank applications. The ECB is the banking supervisor, alongside...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As retailers do all they can to fight the e-commerce wave, some bricks-and-mortar shops are experimenting with a rather counterintuitive strategy: smaller spaces and a showroom-style approach....more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - November 2017 - Issue 10

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on the amendments to the European Venture Capital and Social Entrepreneurship Fund...more

Frequently Asked Questions on Virtual Currency and CFTC Jurisdiction

On October 17, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) newly formed financial technology (fintech) innovation group, LabCFTC, released its first fintech primer, “A CFTC Primer on Virtual Currencies” (VC...more

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