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Insurance Commissions Approve Data Security Model Law

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has approved its draft of the Insurance Data Security Model Law (Model Law) via a meeting of its Executive and Plenary Committees. This important development follows...more

Japan's FSA Clarifies Regulatory Position on Initial Coin Offerings, Warns of Risks

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Financial Services Agency of Japan ("FSA") has released a statement on initial coin offerings ("ICOs"). It clarifies the regulatory position of ICOs under Japanese law and also highlights potential risks to...more

Competition Bureau releases draft FinTech recommendations for policymakers

by Dentons on

On November 6, 2017, the Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”) published its report on the Canadian financial services sector and FinTech. The report examined a wide range of FinTech activities and focused heavily on retail...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

Cryptocurrency Exchanges - the New Front of the IRS War on Tax Evasion?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dealt a partial blow to the U.S. Department of Justice and the IRS in connection with their collective efforts to enforce an expansive and...more

The Rapidly Shifting Law Firm: Responding to Client Needs and Building Trust

by Goodwin on

Goodwin Senior Counsel Brackett Denniston, former Senior VP and general Counsel at GE, recently sat down with Mike Caplan, Goodwin’s Chief operating officer, to discuss the shifting demands on today’s law firms and how to...more

Senators Re-Introduce Bill Requiring 30-Day Notification of Company Data Breaches

As we near the end of a year that has seen more than its share of massive data breaches, two bills have been introduced (one re-introduced) in the U.S. Senate....more

New Revenue Recognition Standard-Part I, Introduction

by Thomas Fox on

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) for public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and...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

Monetary Authority of Singapore Release Guidelines on Digital Token Offerings

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Guidelines on Digital Token Offerings introduced by the Monetary Authority of Singapore address initial coin offerings and also how current laws will be applied to intermediaries. The Result: Whether a...more

U.S. v. Coinbase: Virtual Currency Holders Not Outside the IRS’s Reach

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, on November 28, 2017, ordered the international digital currency broker, Coinbase, Inc., to produce to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the records of...more

Cybersecurity lapses could cost Title IV eligibility for higher ed

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Data security breaches are an unfortunate reality for almost all businesses in today’s information-driven marketplace. From Target, to Home Depot, to Equifax, data breaches are increasingly common and potentially devastating...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), one of the watchdogs of the financial services industry, has announced through Acting Director Mick Mulvaney that it will no longer collect personal information of consumers...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

Day 6 of One Month to Better Written Standards- Training on Your Code of Conduct

by Thomas Fox on

What about the training on your finalized Code of Conduct? While there have been criticisms of Code of Conduct training, if you consider training as one source of your 360-degrees of compliance communications, the rollout of...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 79, the Fire and Ice Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance and ethics related stories of the week, in this week's fire and ice edition: 1. Former VW Engineer Oliver Schmidt sentenced to 7 years in jail...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

Income, from Whatever Exchange, Mine, or Fork Derived: The Basics of U.S. Cryptocurrency Taxation

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

In this first of (we hope) many posts on the interesting and myriad tax issues arising in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, we focus on the very basic U.S. federal income tax consequences of...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

The SEC’s Cyber Unit Files Its First Complaint Against an “Initial Coin Offering”

by Burr & Forman on

Implemented in September, the Securities Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Cyber Unit has brought its first enforcement action against an “Initial Coin Offering” (“ICO”) called PlexCoin. ICOs, which are listed on digital...more

Court Enforces — Partially — IRS “John Doe” Summons Served on Virtual Currency Exchanger

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, a federal magistrate judge in the Northern District of California granted in part and denied in part a motion by the IRS to enforce a “John Doe” summons served on Coinbase, Inc., which operates a virtual currency...more

At the End of Your Tether: Addressing, Responding to and Insuring Cryptocurrency Theft

by Reed Smith on

On November 20-21, 2017, Tether, the company behind USDT – a digital token backed by fiat currencies like the dollar and euro – disclosed that a hack resulted in the loss of $30.95 million worth of tokens. Tether posted an...more

12 O'Clock High-Episode 68, Leadership Lessons from the Battle of Hue

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Richard Lummis and I consider some of the leadership lessons from the Battle of Hue, which took place in late January/early February 1968 during the North Vietnam’s Tet Offensive. We base our discussion on...more

Day 4 of One Month to Better Written Standards– Code of Conduct: Structure and Format

by Thomas Fox on

Next, the evolution of the structure and format of a best practices Code of Conduct. Initially, my experience with Codes of Conduct was that they were written by lawyers, largely for lawyers. This included ‘thou shalts’ and...more

Despite Equifax Breach Causes, Social Engineering Still Biggest Threat to Data Security

by LeClairRyan on

It’s now been widely reported that the cause of the recent Equifax data breach, which compromised the personal data of perhaps as many as 143 million people, was the result of the company’s alleged failure to apply a patch to...more

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