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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally issued a statement yesterday addressing the unauthorized data use scandal involving Cambridge Analytica that’s cost his company share price almost 10% since the story broke....more

Congress and the Blockchain: The 2018 Joint Economic Report’s Discussion on Cryptocurrency

by Michael Volkov on

A few days ago, Congress released its 2018 Joint Economic Report. As many of you know, the Joint Economic Committee prepares this report as a national assessment of the country’s economic status. The report often assesses...more

Fintech in the UAE

by Dentons on

Setting up a business in the UAE - Generally speaking, in order conduct business in the UAE, it is necessary to establish a legal presence in the UAE. This means entrepreneurs will have to consider the option of setting up...more

United States Issues New Venezuela-Related Sanctions Targeting Digital Currency

by White & Case LLP on

On March 19, 2018, President Trump expanded the scope of the Venezuela sanctions by issuing a new Executive Order (EO) "Taking Additional Steps to Address the Situation in Venezuela." The EO prohibits US persons from dealing...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 16, Issue 1

Fair Use and Social Media Sites like BuzzFeed - Fair use, an evolving doctrine and a very popular fallback for those on the Internet, has continued to be “the most troublesome in the whole law of copyright.” Its goal has...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2018 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - D.C. Circuit Strikes Down Key Pieces of FCC’s TCPA Interpretive Order. On March 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in ACA International v. FCC, invalidating...more

Equifax Insider Trading Charges Highlight Importance of Tailored Policies and Controls

In what appears to be the first insider trading case stemming from insider knowledge of material nonpublic cyber-related information, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought civil charges against a former Equifax...more

Across the Board-Episode 17, Marsha Ershaghi Hames on Board Accountability

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I have back Dr. Marsha Ershaghi Hames, the Managing Director, Strategy at LRN. We discuss how leading with principles has become even more important after the current wave of corporate scandals all in the...more

House Committee Holds Hearing on Export Control Reform Bill

On March 14, 2018, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing titled “Modernizing Export Controls: Protecting Cutting Edge Technology and U.S. National Security” to examine the proposed Export Control Reform Act...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The European Commission has drafted a new set of digital taxes as an answer to last year’s US tax overhaul that imposed a new minimum tax on the overseas efforts of companies with US operations. The EU’s plan would require...more

Virtual Currencies, the Regulators and the Future

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Virtual currencies have risen from a little known tech curiosity to what some see as the next great investment opportunity in contrast to others who see little but fraud. An alphabet soup of regulators are struggling to apply...more

How natural language processing creates value in compliance

As a bridge between humans and computers, the use of natural language processing in compliance demonstrates how this branch of AI is adding value across the financial services industry....more

5 Key Points on Retail, Specialty, Compounding, and Other Pharmacy Investment Opportunities

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The next in our series of posts sharing key takeaways from panels at the Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity and Lending Conference focuses on investing in pharmacy businesses. The pharmacy industry has been...more

Joint Committee of ESA's Final Report on Use of Big Data by Financial Institutions

On March 15, 2018, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (“ESA“) published its final report, together with a factsheet, on the use of big data by financial institutions (JC/2018/04). Chapter 4 of the...more

SEC Subpoenas Signal Heightened Cryptocurrency Focus

by Holland & Hart LLP on

Escalating its regulatory scrutiny of initial coin offerings (“ICOs”), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has recently issued subpoenas to a reported 80 or more firms involved in the burgeoning industry...more

Big Data and the Risks of Insider Trading

In the perennial quest for alpha, investment managers have turned increasingly to big and alternative data for market insights. The most prominent consumers of this data on Wall Street are managers of ‘‘quant’’ funds, which...more

Federal Court Adopts CFTC Position on Cryptocurrency Authority

In the first case of its kind, a New York federal district court has adopted the position of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) that it has jurisdiction to regulate the virtual currency markets. In so doing, the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Journal’s weekend report on Facebook’s role in the unauthorized use of data from 50 million users wreaked havoc on the ‘Book’s stock yesterday, with losses spreading across the tech sector (and fellow its FANGers in...more

Innovation in Compliance-Digital Transformations in Compliance with Vince Walden

by Thomas Fox on

The Innovation in Compliance Podcast is here! In this inaugural episode, I’m interviewing Ernst & Young partner and Big Data expert Vince Walden on the ways in which automation and data analytics are transforming the...more

Bridging the Week - March 2018 #2

J. Christopher Giancarlo, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, laid out his priorities for the remainder of 2018 in a speech before the FIA at its annual conference last week. Unrelatedly, the Securities and...more

Destination Quant: Where analysts explore the power of data

The thirst for data in the investment process is never ending, which is why Thomson Reuters has launched Destination Quant to help the quant investing industry get the most out of quant research....more

Can I Secure a Loan with Bitcoin? Part I

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Each day seems to bring another story about Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, or another virtual currency. If virtual currencies continue to grow in popularity, it's only a matter of time before borrowers offer to pledge virtual...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 375, Steve Durham on Impact of Digital Realty Trust

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I welcome back Steve Durham, a partner with Labaton and Sucharow to discuss the continued reverberations from the recent Supreme Court decision narrowing the definition of whistleblowers in Digital Realty...more

New Guidance From SEC, New York’s DFS

Hoping to help covered entities, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released an update on cybersecurity while New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) published guidance for licensed virtual currency...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 94, the March Madness edition

by Thomas Fox on

1. March Madness is here. So is corruption in NCAA basketball. 2. Former FCPA Unit Head Chuck Duross says that self-reporting is still “probably not worth it”. 3. Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos were engaged in massive,...more

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