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Between Bridges, Featuring Topics on Cybersecurity, Cryptocurrencies and Compliance

Last week, a futures commission merchant settled an enforcement action brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, claiming that it failed to supervise a third-party technology provider it engaged to implement...more

Global Ambitions for the FCA’s Sandbox

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The FCA seeks industry feedback to capitalise on global regulatory sandbox trend. The regulatory sandbox was pioneered by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) back in November 2015 — a “safe space” in which businesses can...more

Further SEC action and guidance with respect to ICOs and cryptocurrencies

The SEC took two additional steps today in its regulation and oversight of the initial coin offering (“ICO”) and cryptocurrency markets. In the SEC’s latest action targeting an ICO, the SEC Enforcement Division’s new Cyber...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Walmart’s shares took a hit yesterday on Q4 results that showed slowing online sales and below-expected earnings despite a rise in revenue....more

U.S. House Subcommittee Holds Hearing On Cybersecurity In The Financial Industry

by King & Spalding on

On February 14, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit of the Committee on Financial Services held a hearing entitled “Examining the Current Data Security and Breach...more

President Trump Sets Cybersecurity Funding Goals In Budget Proposal

by King & Spalding on

On February 12, 2018, President Trump released a budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 that includes requests for cybersecurity-related funding for the Department of Defense (“DOD”), Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”),...more

New York DFS Cybersecurity Certifications Due

The time has come for entities regulated by the New York Department of Financial Services to make their first certification of compliance with the regulator’s cybersecurity rules....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A quiet Monday appears to be leading to a busy Tuesday morning, with Qualcomm upping its bid for NXP (in a move that could help it fend off Broadcom) and Albertson’s looking to join forces with what’s left of Rite Aid Corp...more

Federal Lawmakers Consider Fintech

Federal lawmakers discussed financial technology at a recent hearing, with topics ranging from regulatory sandboxes to marketplace lending....more

Countdown to GDPR-Episode 1, Introduction to GDPR

by Thomas Fox on

Whether you are ready or not, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes live on May 25, 2018. It will impact companies doing business in London as much as any other EU legislation. To help US companies prepare,...more

Do Your Cyber and D&O Policies Cover Emerging Exposures Arising Out Of The New NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulations?

by King & Spalding on

March 1, 2018 will mark one year since the effective date of the New York Department of Financial Services’ (“NYDFS”) cybersecurity regulations, which may signal a trend towards stricter industry-specific regulatory oversight...more

SEC Staff Announces 2018 OCIE Examination Priorities

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Last week the staff of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the SEC announced its 2018 examination priorities. The 2018 examination priorities include five thematic areas: (i) compliance and risks...more

Blockchain: Not Just A Platform For Cryptocurrency But A Potential Method For Protecting Trade Secrets And Other IP

Cryptocurrency has dominated the attention of the financial world for most of the past 12 months as Bitcoin’s value (as well as other cryptocurrencies’) soared over 1,500% in 2017 (though it has experienced some recent...more

Cryptocurrency and Money Laundering

by Sanford Millar on

In a recent enforcement action FinCEN, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network levied an $8 million fine on a California card club for violation of the Anti-Money Laundering provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act. (“BSA”). One...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 371, James Koukios on International Anti-Corruption Developments from December 2017

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, podcast favorite James Koukios returns to discuss highlights from international anti-corruption efforts, enforcement actions and developments highlighted in Morrison and Foerster’s December report. We...more

NY DFS Cybersecurity Compliance Certificate Required Today; Additional Requirements Looming

by Locke Lord LLP on

As previously warned, February 15, 2018 is the first annual deadline for individuals and companies licensed or otherwise authorized under the New York Insurance, Banking and Financial Services laws (defined as Covered...more

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

Thirty-Six Individuals Charged In Global Cybercrime Ring “Infraud”

by King & Spalding on

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently indicted thirty-six individuals leading a global cybercrime ring for allegedly trafficking in stolen personal and financial information....more

The 4 Types of Blockchain Networks Explained

by Fisher Phillips on

One of the questions I commonly get asked is what is the difference between public and private blockchains. It is easy to see why people get confused as public and private blockchains have many similarities....more

Cryptocurrency Roundup - Market Rebounds After SEC Chair Expresses Cautious Optimism But ETFs Are Still Off The Table...For Now

by Burr & Forman on

The cryptocurrency market took a nosedive earlier this month after the stock market tanked and the Peoples Bank of China issued a statement that it would block access to all domestic and foreign cryptocurrency exchanges. ...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - February 2018 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

As of February 15, 2018, banks, insurance companies, and other financial services institutions and licensees regulated by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) are required to file their first certification of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The SEC is blocking the proposed sale of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to a group of Chinese investors based on “unresolved questions” over the “proposed ownership structure and concerns for the regulatory agency’s ability...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

SEC Cyber Unit Targets PlexCoin

On December 4, the SEC’s new Cyber Unit announced it obtained an emergency asset freeze to halt the initial coin offering (“ICO”) of PlexCoin. According to the SEC, the Plexcoin ICO had raised up to $15 million to date...more

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