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The Technology, Media & Telecommunications Review, Eighth Edition - Japan

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This fully updated eighth edition of The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review provides an overview of evolving legal constructs in 26 jurisdictions around the world. It is intended as a business-focused framework...more

Blockchain in Energy – Where Do We Stand? Where Do We Go From Here?

For all the publicity generated by the recent increase in value of Bitcoin, as well as the generally increasing awareness of the existence of blockchain technology, the recent Blockchain in Energy Forum 2018 held in New York...more

Fashion Law Newsletter - March 2018

by K&L Gates LLP on

Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it." – Diane von Furstenberg Welcome to our latest edition of Fashion Law where we provide you with the latest updates on legal issues affecting the...more

Diesel Additives & Filtration Issues: American Chemistry Council Petroleum Additives Panel Report (March 2018)

The American Chemistry Council’s (“ACC”) Petroleum Additives Panel’s Fuel Additives Task Group prepared a March 2018 report titled: Overview of Diesel Additives & Filtration Issues (“Report”) ...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

There’s falling from grace, and then there’s Elizabeth Holmes. Once compared glowingly to Steve Jobs, Holmes’ well-documented Theranos ills (including exaggerated and faked blood-test results) have landed her with SEC...more

FinCEN Is Watching ICOs for BSA Violations

by Perkins Coie on

In a recently published letter to the Senate Finance Committee, FinCEN confirmed that when an ICO token is a “convertible virtual currency,” administrators or exchangers of the token would be “money transmitters” under...more

DFS Issues Compliance Certificate “Reminder”

Last week, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) sent notices to companies that had not yet certified their compliance with the DFS Cybersecurity Regulation....more

SEC Issues Guidance to Cryptocurrency Exchanges

by White and Williams LLP on

On March 7, 2018, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued additional guidance with respect to digital assets trading platforms, affirming that platforms that offer trading of cryptocurrencies that are...more

What’s In A Name?: Issues With Naming Your Product And Company

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Choosing a common or trendy name for your startup opens your company to risk. You might like the name “Company XYZ,” and you might think you’re the “Company XYZ” of your field, but “Company XYZ” might disagree with you. If...more

GDPR's Most Frequently Asked Questions: If I Already Drafted a Privacy Policy to Comply with US Law Do I need to Change it for the...

by Bryan Cave on

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is arguably the most comprehensive – and complex – data privacy regulation in the world. As companies prepare for the GDPR to go into force on May 25, 2018,...more

A Primer on the SHIELD Act: New York’s Move to Adopt More Stringent Data Security Requirements, Part II

What would companies need to do to comply with the law? The Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act imposes requirements in two areas: cybersecurity and data breach notification. The cybersecurity...more

Who Is Watching The Watchmen?: CFTC Penalizes Registrant For Outsourced IT Security Lapses

by Bracewell LLP on

On February 12, 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) settled charges against AMP Global Clearing LLC (AMP), a futures commission merchant (FCM), for the company’s failure to adequately supervise one of its IT...more

SEC Cracks Down on "Initial Coin Offerings"

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a public statement clarifying that cryptocurrencies may indeed be subject to federal securities laws, and warns investors and market participants alike of the...more

New SEC Probe of ICO Issuers and SAFT Structure

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the SEC has issued dozens of subpoenas and information requests in connection with sales and pre-sales of initial coin offerings. As we have previously noted, the SEC Enforcement...more

Blockchain: Coming to a CMBS Near You

by Polsinelli on

Although at first glance the underlying technology behind Bitcoin and mortgaged backed securities have little in common, blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize securitizations because it permits value and...more

Federal Judge Upholds CFTC’s Determination that Virtual Currencies Are Commodities

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In September 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) stated in a settlement order that “Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are encompassed in the definition and properly defined as commodities” under the...more

Minimizing Liability For Business Associate Misconduct

by Holland & Hart LLP on

Healthcare providers, health plans and healthcare clearinghouses (“covered entities”) and business associates are subject to significant penalties for violations of the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules....more

Bridging the Weeks - March 2018

A US federal court, the US Department of Treasury and the Securities and Exchange Commission all issued views on the regulation of cryptocurrencies that portend increasing complexity for market participants. A defendant in a...more

Monday Briefing: Hacks, Public Companies and the SEC

With the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s updated cybersecurity guidance hot off the press, let’s start the week by taking a look at public company cyberattack reporting statistics....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Journal dropped something of a bomb on Friday with news that Goldman Sachs’ CEO Lloyd Blankfein is heading out the door as soon as the end of the year. If true, Goldman will likely look for his replacement within its...more

Cryptocurrencies and the fight against money laundering

As the global use of cryptocurrencies continues to gather momentum, what are the potential risks and implications for compliance professionals and how can they stay a step ahead of money launderers?...more

A Basic Primer on Damages Terms in Contracts

When entering into arrangements with clients or engaging vendors, startup companies may be faced with a confusing array of contractual terms, including terms that reference various types of damages. Such terms are worthy of...more

Hong Kong Exchange Publishes Draft Rules for Biotech Listings, Requests Comments

by Jones Day on

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange recently published a Consultation Paper on a Listing Regime for Companies from Emerging and Innovative Sectors, and proposed to introduce a new chapter implementing the listing of...more

A Primer on the SHIELD Act: New York’s Move to Adopt More Stringent Data Security Requirements

In November 2017, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman introduced the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act (the “Act”) in the state’s Legislature. Companies – big and small – that collect...more

ICYMI in Cybersecurity and Data Breach

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Why Is Health Care Cybersecurity So Bad? Blame the Insiders, New Verizon Report Says - As reported originally in Fortune, “a new cybersecurity report from Verizon outlines the stunning degree to which internal actors are...more

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