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Day 11 of One Month to Better Written Standards- Policies and Procedures on Travel

by Thomas Fox on

Prior to the 2012 FCPA Guidance, the Justice Department issued two 2007 Opinion Releases which offered guidance to companies considering whether to, and if so how to, incur travel and lodging expenses for government...more

SEC Shuts Down Initial Coin Offering Using Blockchain for Failure to File Securities Registration Statement

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On December 11, 2017, the SEC instituted cease-and-desist proceedings against Munchee Inc., the creator of an iPhone application that allows users to review restaurant meals, with regard to Munchee's planned initial coin...more

Cybersecurity Guidance on SEC Horizon

In a push for increased cybersecurity vigilance, the Securities and Exchange Commission indicated its plans to amend existing data security guidance, including the reporting of data breaches....more

Billable Bitcoins: Why it Pays for Lawyers to Accept Cryptocurrency

With bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies reaching shocking new prices seemingly every day, some people have finally started putting the new payment systems to real use – paying lawyers. Earlier this fall Nebraska became the...more

What Is ADS-B and What Do Lenders and Lessors Need to Know About ADS-B?

by King & Spalding on

While compliance with the upcoming ADS-B requirements is primarily an issue for those responsible for maintenance and operation of aircraft, lenders and lessors should understand ADS-B compliance requirements and plan...more

The Year of Bitcoin: Gains Subject to Tax by the IRS

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The year 2017 could be described as the year of the Bitcoin and other “virtual currencies,” with Bitcoin having appreciated 1800% since the beginning of the year and Ethereum, at one point, having appreciated 8,000% since the...more

SEC Issues Cease and Desist Order and Further Guidance on ICOs

by Goodwin on

On December 11, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a cease-and-desist order to Munchee Inc. (Munchee), a company that was in the process of a $15 million initial coin offering (ICO), for selling...more

When Does Software Become Securities?

The SEC Munchee Order and Chairman’s Statement - On December 11, 2017, the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a cease and desist order (“Order”) against Munchee, Inc.’s (“Munchee”) $15 million Initial...more

Court dismisses NYDFS lawsuit challenging special purpose national bank charter for fintech companies

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A New York federal district court has dismissed the lawsuit filed by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) challenging the OCC’s authority to grant special purpose national bank (SPNB) charters to nondepository...more

Across the Board-Episode 10 Sheila Hooda on Board Culture

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In this episode, I visit with Sheila Hooda on culture on a Board of Directors and how Boards can drive culture throughout an organization. Some of the topics we highlight are the following: 1. What is good Board culture?...more

Where Do Consumers Fit in the Fintech Stack?

Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard recently delivered a speech entitled “Where Do Consumers Fit in the Fintech Stack?” at “FinTech Risks and Opportunities: An Interdisciplinary Approach,” a conference sponsored by...more

SEC Takes $15 Million Bite Out of an ICO

The SEC issued a cease and desist order against Munchee’s $15 million ICO, opining that the tokens were securities for which no there was registration statement filed or in effect with the Commission nor a qualifying...more

Day 9 of One Month to Better Written Standards-Revising Your Policies and Procedures

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Simply having a Code of Conduct, together with compliance policies and procedures is not enough. As articulated by former Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, “Your compliance program is a living entity; it should be...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Crowdfunding site Indiegogo is hoping that a bold move—as one of the first mainstream companies to do so— into the roller-coaster world of ICOs will help make the offerings more palatable for small and large investors....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

HSBC announced yesterday that, 5 years after its controversial deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ following the Swiss bank’s 2012 $1.9 billion payment over money-laundering allegations, it’ll be released from those...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard-Part III, Shaking Up the Software Industry?

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Matt Kelly and I have put together a five-part podcast series where we explore implications of this new revenue recognition standard. Each podcast is short, 11-13 minutes and deals with one topic on the new revenue...more

SEC Continues Crackdown On Initial Coin Offerings With Cease-And-Desist Order

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced yesterday that a California-based company selling digital tokens to investors to raise capital for its blockchain-based food review service halted its initial coin offering...more

Crowdfunding 101

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“Crowdfunding” offers an option to startups and small businesses to raise capital, although it is a greatly misunderstood and misused term. It refers to the pooling of money from a crowd for the funding of a project or...more

Holland & Knight's Israel Practice Newsletter - Winter 2017

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Holland & Knight is a U.S.-based global law firm with a strong commitment to the state of Israel. We focus on providing guidance to Israeli investors and companies interested in doing business or making investments in the...more

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

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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

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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

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