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Cybersecurity Disclosures: Takeaways From the SEC’s New Guidance

by Locke Lord LLP on

On February 21, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued interpretative guidance to assist public companies in preparing disclosures about cybersecurity risks and incidents.1 The guidance refreshes...more

Blog: New SEC Guidance on Cybersecurity Disclosure

by Cooley LLP on

Yesterday, the SEC announced that it had adopted—without the scheduled open meeting, which was abruptly cancelled with only a cryptic statement—long-awaited new guidance on cybersecurity disclosure. The guidance addresses...more

New York State Department of Financial Services Issues Guidance to Virtual Currency Entities

On February 7, 2018, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) issued guidance for all virtual currency entities licensed by New York State regarding the prevention of market manipulation, fraud, and other...more

SEC Issues Updated Guidance on Cybersecurity Risk Disclosures and Trading on Nonpublic Cybersecurity Information

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On February 21, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued updates to its interpretive guidance on how public companies should disclose cybersecurity breaches and risks. There are two core messages at...more

Four Blockchain Technology Bills Proposed by New York Assemblyman

New York Assemblyman Clyde Vanel has introduced proposals in the state legislature for four laws which, if passed, could transform how the State of New York interacts with and views blockchain technology. The first...more

Virtual Currency Tax Consequences

by Carlton Fields on

A growing number of startups are offering virtual currencies to investors through initial coin offerings (ICOs) as a way to raise capital, often with little or no awareness of the tax consequences of their actions....more

Cybersecurity Guidance Issued

We had previously reported on a Securities and Exchange Commission open meeting that had been scheduled for today, Febuary 21, 2018. The open meeting was cancelled. ...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Goodwin on

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

Upcoming SEC Open Meeting

On February 14, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it will hold an open meeting on February 21st at 10 a.m. to consider various matters, including whether to approve the issuance of an interpretive...more

Bridging the Week - February 2018 #2

Last week, the chairmen of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission provided their insight into the risks of cryptocurrency activities before a Senate committee. During his...more

SEC v. PlexCorps — Cyber Unit Enforcement Action Underscores Potential Challenges to Cross-Border Cryptocurrency Enforcement

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Following the hype of Bitcoin, regulatory and other concerns surrounding various forms of cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings (“ICOs”) have taken center stage. As of late last year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Across the Board-Episode 15, Joe Howell on Board Governance and Risk Oversight

by Thomas Fox on

One of the ongoing questions from members of Board of Directors is how to resolve the tension between oversight and managing. I recently had the opportunity to visit with Joe Howell, the Executive Vice President (EVP) of...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 370 Carlos Ayres on 2017 Brazilian Anti-Corruption Wrap Up and Going Forward into 2018

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with Carlos Ayres, partner at Medea, Ayres and Sarubbi in Sao Paulo. We visit on the past year in anti-corruption enforcement in Brazil and where it may lead in 2018. Carlos discusses the continued...more

SEC Exams to Focus on ICOs and Cryptocurrency

by Goodwin on

On February 7, 2018, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced its 2018 Examination Priorities. In what comes as no surprise, the exam priorities include initial coin offerings (ICOs) and...more

Legal Ramifications of Paying Employees with Cryptocurrency

As cryptocurrencies surge in value and enter mainstream consciousness, an increasing number of employers may consider compensating their employees with bitcoin, ether, or other cryptocurrencies. While a cryptocurrency...more

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