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In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May, 2018 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The SEC Created a Fake ICO Website to Show Just How Easy It is to Scam Investors - The SEC trolled investors by creating a fake ICO website “HoweyCoins” to show...more

Can I Secure a Loan with Bitcoin? Part III

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In my previous articles, I discussed the challenges of using Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code ("UCC") to create and perfect a security interest in virtual currency like Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Litecoin. I also discussed...more

Four Key Takeaways from Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Seminar on InsurTech Fundamentals and Compliance Strategies for...

Demands from millennials, who now represent the largest living generation, combined with a variety of technology advancements—such as Big Data, blockchain and artificial intelligence—are driving innovation across all stages...more

SEC Enforcement Trends: Highlights from Securities Enforcement Forum West 2018

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Securities Enforcement Forum West 2018 brought together current and former senior U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Department of Justice officials, securities enforcement and white-collar attorneys,...more

SEC Flexes Funny Bone in Fictional Token Offering

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has taken to using humor and sarcasm to educate retail investors about the potential risks of purchasing tokens in initial coin offerings (“ICOs”)....more

Global media, technology, and communications quarterly - Spring 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

AI technologies present a variety of commercial opportunities and the potential to change our daily lives. At the same time, there are many legal, policy, commercial and strategic challenges that need to be considered across...more

Can Smart Contracts Really be Smart?

by Field Law on

“We are in the midst of a revolution – a revolution in the technology of storing, processing, and communicating information… [which] has brought about profound changes in business, political, and social...more

Litigating Blockchain: Not So Simple

Many believe that blockchain technology will revolutionize the way humans interact, in business and beyond. Though cryptocurrency is the topic du jour, blockchains can do much more than just enable digital currencies: they...more

Blockchain as a Content Distribution Technology: Copyright Issues Abound

Content owners and their attorneys have been enthusiastically anticipating the use of blockchain as a mechanism for royalty accounting, recording the chain of title of intellectual property interests, and protecting, tracking...more

New Japanese Report Provides Guidance for Initial Coin Offerings

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

With over $12 billion raised via token offerings (also commonly referred to as cryptocurrency crowdfunding, initial coin offerings or “ICOs”) since 2014, and over 1,200 blockchain tokens (also commonly referred to as “digital...more

Blockchain Certification Arrives In The Worldwide Art Auction Market

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In recent art world news, Verisart has launched the “P8Pass,” developed in partnership with online auction house Paddle8, to offer blockchain certification and authentication services to the worldwide art marketplace. ...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Chalk one up for big Carl (and Darwin).  Xerox announced this weekend that it’s bowing to Icahn’s pressures and ending its $6.1 billion combination with Fuji....more

Cryptoasset Exchanges Respond to New York Attorney General’s Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative

On April 17, 2018, the New York Attorney General’s Office (“OAG”) launched a Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative and sent letters to thirteen cryptoasset trading platforms requesting, through a questionnaire, disclosures on...more

What The Cryptocurrency Hacks Mean For The Security Of Blockchain

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Blockchain technology is seeing increasingly wide use internationally, but security issues are becoming a major problem. Blockchain is a public electronic ledger that can be openly shared among users and that creates an...more

Legal Issues With Blockchain-Based Crypto Games and Collectibles

The use of blockchain technology for crypto games and token-based digital collectibles is on the rise. One of the first crypto games of note was CryptoKitties. It may turn out that CryptoKitties becomes to crypto games what...more

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - May 2018

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Energy & Sustainability Connections brings the latest developments in energy investing, legal insights, company activity, and industry events straight to your inbox. This month’s features...more

House Committee Considers Blockchain to Improve Supply Chains and Combat Counterfeiting

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

A subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing this week to examine the use of blockchain technology to improve supply chains and combat counterfeiting. If you’re like many people, you...more

An Introduction to Smart Contracts and Their Potential and Inherent Limitations

“Smart contracts” are a critical component of many platforms and applications being built using blockchain or distributed ledger technology. Below, we outline the background and functions of smart contracts, discuss whether...more

OECD publishes issues paper on blockchain and competition law

by Hogan Lovells on

Competition law questions are increasingly raised in the public debate about the blockchain technology. While there is yet to be any investigation in this field, the policy debate about applying competition law instruments to...more

[Event] Spring 2018 Cybersecurity Seminar: Emerging Technologies Drive Emerging Risks - May 23rd, Richmond, VA

by Williams Mullen on

Join Marsh, EY and Williams Mullen on May 23, 2018, for our spring cybersecurity seminar. This event will bring unique perspectives from Goutam Gandhi, SVP and CIO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and Dan Massey, EVP...more

Blockchain Energizer – Volume 27

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and health care to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $4.5...more

Blockchains and Land Title Records

Blockchains, best known as the technology behind digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, are beginning to be implemented in a variety of commercial applications. The technology is attracting not only financial...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April, 2018 #5

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: FinTech Venture Funding Continues to Rise - The first quarter of 2018 proved that 2017’s thriving market for VC-funded FinTech deals continues its hot streak,...more

Investment Funds Update Europe - Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

Proposals to make French funds more attractive for international marketing - A working group set up by Euroclear France, Ailancy, professional associations and different actors of the asset management industry, presented...more

OECD publishes issues paper on blockchain and competition law

by Hogan Lovells on

Competition law questions are increasingly raised in the public debate about the blockchain technology. While there is yet to be any investigation in this field, the policy debate about applying competition law instruments to...more

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