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SEC and CFTC Issue Joint Statement on Virtual Currency Enforcement Actions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The following joint statement was issued this last week from the Enforcement Directors of the Securities Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

Trends In Patenting Blockchain Technologies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

With the recent rise in values of cybercurrencies such as bitcoin, and with increasing interest in initial currency offerings (ICOs), businesses around the world are rushing to build value with new blockchain technologies and...more

2018: The End Of Cryptocurrencies?

by Ifrah PLLC on

Cryptocurrencies (e.g. Bitcoin) took the broader public by storm in 2017 and had a breakout year. There were outsized and even unprecedented returns, along with extreme volatility and even more extreme volatility. The...more

FINRA Prioritizes Cryptocurrency Regulation in 2018

by Nossaman LLP on

Last week, I posted a blog about the SEC’s increased focus on cryptocurrency and ICOs in the coming year. It looks like that scrutiny will not be limited to the SEC. In its 2018 Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities...more

Bitcoin’s “Block size” Debate: Big Blockers v. Decentralists

by Reed Smith on

In May 2017, a group of Bitcoin (BTC) developers and industry leaders laid out a plan to increase Bitcoin’s block size from 1MB to 2MB with an update dubbed “SegWit2X.” The block size increase would have enabled Bitcoin’s...more

FinTech Update: Emerging Legal Trends Regarding Blockchain Technology

by Burr & Forman on

Over the course of the past few years, Blockchain technology – a platform that acts as a digital ledger for assets – has rapidly grown in prominence. While it is perhaps most well-known for its connection to Bitcoin, the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Dow closed above 26k yesterday for the first time on what some are dubbing the FOMO rally or the “melt-up” market....more

Intellectual Property Strategies For Next Generation Cybersecurity Technologies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Cybersecurity technology has become one of the most important industries in the world today. With products that are critical to businesses in countless fields, including finance, healthcare, transportation, public utilities,...more

Patent Strategies for Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are rapidly emerging as disruptive technologies. As has happened with many new technologies, particularly disruptive ones, a patent arms race is occurring. The number of patents...more

When Innovation Meets Regulation - The Effect of InsurTech on Insurance Rebating Laws

by Carlton Fields on

The rise of InsurTech — which brings technological innovations to the business of insurance — has recently had a significant impact on the insurance industry, including through advancements in cybersecurity tools, the...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

Australian Securities Exchange Selects Distributed Ledger Technology to Replace CHESS

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Amidst the frenzy surrounding the rapid appreciation of cryptocurrency values it is easy to forget that the technology underlying crypto—blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) —may ultimately be the real story. The...more

Social Links: Facebook ups its facial recognition game; retracing Twitter’s 2017 missteps; YouTube stars’ fan bases reach their...

In order to comply with a new German law requiring social media sites to take down hate speech, Twitter and Facebook removed anti-Islamic social media posts authored by a German far-right political party....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

Could the Crypto-Rouble Spell Crypto-Trouble for Sanctions?

Russian President Vladmir Putin has directed his government to develop a state-backed cryptocurrency, according to a Financial Times report published on January 2nd. A Putin advisor says that the “Crypto-rouble” could be used...more

Blockchain, Virtual Currencies and the Regulators

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The public interest in anything relating to virtual currencies, blockchain technology or bitcoin is not just very high bit reaching near hysteria. For example, the Long Island Iced Tea Corporation saw its share price jump as...more

Five Regulatory Implications for Blockchain Tokens as an "Asset Class"

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As 2017 fades in the rear view mirror of the speeding car that is blockchain, five significant regulatory issues will likely be speedbumps for blockchain tokens in 2018. Pundits spend much time talking about blockchain tokens...more

Bitcoin, Blockchain and Consumer Protection Laws

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Unsophisticated consumers eager to make a profit remain susceptible to representations by companies that are false and misleading, and constitute deceptive acts or practices in violation of the Federal Trade Commission...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

Patenting the Blockchain

Last year’s spike in the valuation of bitcoin has much of the technology world focused on blockchain, the distributed database ledger technology behind bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies. Lost behind the scenes,...more

A List of Lists - 2018

Often derided as clickbait, listicles get a bum rap. They can be light on substantive content, sure, but sometimes that’s a good thing, especially for the busy readers of legal blogs, who would do well to treat themselves to...more

SEC Scrutinizes Pumping of Blockchain-Related Securities

by Reed Smith on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) is continuing to increase its scrutiny of companies that might be taking advantage of investor excitement for blockchain and cryptocurrency (ICO) deals to inflate their...more

SEC's Recent Order Narrows the Path for "Utility Tokens"

by Slim Ventures LLC on

The following summarizes the recent Order by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requiring that a “utility token” issued in an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) carry an expectation of use, not an expectation of profits, in...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Rules Out New Rules for Distributed Ledger Technology

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority has published a feedback statement on Distributed Ledger Technology, following the discussion paper it issued in April 2017....more

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