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The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future Haunt Insurers’ Use of Big Data and Algorithmic Tools

by Carlton Fields on

Watching as legislators, regulators, and policymakers’ consider what changes, if any, are necessary for insurers’ use of big data and algorithmic tools, is like being visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and...more

Regulators Continue to Scrutinize Initial Coin Offerings

by Carlton Fields on

As reported in the most recent issue of Expect Focus, the SEC issued an investigative report in July cautioning market participants that distributed ledger (blockchain) technology-based offers and sales of digital "tokens" or...more

More Of An SRO - FINRA Unveils Its Priorities For 2018

On January 8 the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published its Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter, which highlights key areas of focus for FINRA in the coming year. ...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Times explores the $27 billion in fixed-income-trading income that has seeped out of Wall Street over the past 5 years thanks to “a combination of tough regulations, new technologies, calm markets and changing customer...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Chairman Giancarlo Statement on Virtual Currencies - On January 4, 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman, J. Christopher Giancarlo, issued a statement on virtual currencies. "The CFTC's Market Risk...more

Initial Coin Offerings and Cryptocurrencies Will be a Priority for FINRA in 2018

In a ten page letter that previews the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) priorities for 2018, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and transactions involving cryptocurrencies....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In naming Gregory Abel and Ajit Jain vice chairs, Berkshire Hathaway took another big step this week in laying out LAWB (Life After Warren Buffet)....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

AT&T has dropped plans to sell the Mate 10—the newest smartphone from China’s Huawei Technologies—just before the partnership was to be announced. AT&T gave no reasons for its abrupt reversal, but lawmakers have recently...more

SEC Cyber Unit Increases Efforts to Regulate Crypto-Currency

by Nossaman LLP on

Based on how 2017 ended, entities and individuals in the crypto-currency markets should expect increased scrutiny from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in 2018. The SEC’s Cyber Unit commenced its...more

Financial Derivatives Intermediaries Who Trade Virtual Currencies Face the NFA’s Enhanced Reporting Requirements

Derivatives regulators continue to take actions that pull virtual currencies – also known as digital currency or cryptocurrency, the best known of which is bitcoin – into their regulatory schemes....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

China has put the kibosh on micro-lending, a move that has cut short not just the consumer loans themselves but the giant asset-backed securities market—a $37 billion industry in China last year alone. The new curbs have had...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

An overview of last Friday’s jobs report, which saw the US adding fewer jobs than expected but also tracked a welcomed increase in wages for the least-educated workers....more

Business Litigation Alert: "Legal Issues to Watch in 2018"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

Last year was filled with many headline-making issues. As we begin to look at 2018, here are three issues we are closely tracking....more

The SEC and Plaintiffs’ Class Action Attorneys Are Targeting Initial Coin Offerings

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Issuers and other professionals participating in Initial Coin Offerings — widely known as ICOs — are facing the increasing threat of both U.S. Securities Exchange Commission enforcement actions and private class action suits...more

Business Litigation E-Note - December 2017

by Burr & Forman on

On November 16, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit joined the First, Fifth and Sixth Circuits in ruling that claims arising from the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (“ICCTA”) can be...more

Year in Review: Top Cryptocurrency Stories of 2017

After lingering on the periphery of financial markets for the past several years, cryptocurrency has finally started to move into the mainstream. While the explosion in Bitcoin’s value dominated the news headlines,...more

CFTC Issues Proposed Interpretation of ‘Actual Delivery’ in Virtual Currency Retail Commodity Transactions

On December 15, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) released its proposed interpretation of the term “actual delivery” with respect to virtual currency retail commodity transactions. A retail...more

Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Significance of Deal Price in Appraisal Cases

• For the second time in 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed a Chancery Court’s decision to assign little or no weight to deal price in appraisal cases • In both cases, the court remained firm in its decision not to...more

Delaware Supreme Court reinforces the importance of deal price in appraisal proceedings

by Hogan Lovells on

In Dell Inc. v. Magnetar Global Event Driven Master Fund, Ltd., the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery’s determination in an appraisal proceeding relating to the 2013 management-led buyout of Dell Inc....more

Bitcoin Futures Trading Commences; Implications for Funds and Registered CPOs and CTAs

by Dechert LLP on

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) on December 1, 2017 self-certified contracts for bitcoin futures products with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Additionally, on...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

US regulators have given passing grades to the living wills for all 8 major US banks, a reversal from the April 2016 determination that 5 of the 8 had deficiencies in their bailout-prevention plans....more

Crackdown: SEC's New Cyber Unit Targets Blockchain and ICO Abuses

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched a special unit to bring enforcement actions against several forms of cyber misconduct. The Result: The Cyber Unit has already brought enforcement...more

Early Adopter—Vanguard Announces Plan to Utilize Blockchain Technology

Top mutual fund firm The Vanguard Group, Inc. unveiled a plan last week to incorporate blockchain smart contract technology into some of its indexing operations beginning early next year. Vanguard’s initiative will be carried...more

Profiles In Innovation: Editor Of Wired Discusses AI, Blockchain, And Tech Trends

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Wired’s editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson is interviewed by Orrick on tech trends with commentary by Annette Hurst, IP attorney on AI legal considerations. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

Regulation of Initial Coin Offerings

by White & Case LLP on

With cryptocurrencies on the rise, start-up companies increasingly pursue a novel path to raise capital: the Initial Coin Offering ("ICO"). The frequent notion that ICOs are unregulated is misleading. Regulators have been...more

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