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Blockchain Energizer – Volume 17

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 $1.4...more

FinTech Alert: Financial Services Companies Rank High among Industries Seeking Blockchain Patents

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: As blockchain continues to expand its reach into more industries, one industry in particular—financial services—is exploring innovative uses for the technology, especially in the area of payment processing....more

October 2017: International Trade Update

The Legal Implications of the Use of Blockchain in International Trade. What has become popularly known as “blockchain” is a form of Distributed Ledger Technology (“DLT”). At its core, blockchain is for electronic...more

Every bit counts: Could Blockchain be a solution for e-mobility?

by Hogan Lovells on

Does blockchain technology open up new avenues in the field of electromobility? Can decentralized processes that are controlled by a large network be used to convert individual mobility on the road to electrified vehicles and...more

Brexit: IoT to the rescue?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

For retailers, speed and efficiency in supply chains are paramount. With the possibility of a "hard" or "no deal" Brexit, retailers must adapt to a new operating environment. The UK government is exploring the potential for...more

Frequently Asked Questions on Virtual Currency and CFTC Jurisdiction

On October 17, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) newly formed financial technology (fintech) innovation group, LabCFTC, released its first fintech primer, “A CFTC Primer on Virtual Currencies” (VC...more

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) May Be Subject to SEC Registration Requirements

by Bryan Cave on

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and other digital currency financing events have enjoyed explosive growth in 2017, with hundreds of millions of dollars invested with little to no regulation or government oversight. That era...more

LabCFTC Releases Primer on Virtual Currencies without Broadly Addressing Blockchain Tokens

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 17, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s LabCFTC released “A CFTC Primer on Virtual Currencies.” The Primer provides an overview or virtual currencies and their potential uses, discusses the role of...more

A CIO Budget Playbook for 2018

It’s that time of the year again, budget season. A time when organizations set priorities on how to strategically spend their money in 2018. In the information technology (IT) world this can be a daunting task for any CIO....more

Bridging the Week - November 2017

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Backers of Tezos Initial Coin Offering Named in Prospective Class Action Litigation: On October 25, the promoters of a highly successful initial coin offering to support development of the Tezos blockchain project and other...more

State Regulations On Virtual Currency And Blockchain Technologies

by Carlton Fields on

As of this inaugural publication, there exists no uniformity with respect to how businesses that deal in virtual currencies (also known as “cryptocurrencies”) such as Bitcoin are treated among the states. For these...more

Blockchain trending in domain name registrations

by Hogan Lovells on

Domain name registrations often reflect current trends and it is thus not surprising that a large number of recent second-level domain name registrations under .COM and .NET include terminology relating to blockchain....more

Upending Trade Finance through Blockchain Technology

Trade finance, in both domestic and international financial transactions, is often utilized when one company seeks to import a shipment of goods from a supplier (or exporter). These transactions comprise an enormous amount of...more

IPunkt - October 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Kurze Einleitung - Liebe Leserin, lieber Leser, diesen Monat ist es endlich wieder soweit. Der IPunkt kehrt in neuem Gewand zurück. Passend hierzu haben unsere Autoren die neuesten Updates im Bereich des IPMT kurz...more

Social Links: Potential cures for cyberbullying & other social media ills; cross-device tracking could imperil employers; should...

After British police unsuccessfully tried to get the blogging platform WordPress.com to remove offensive and threatening posts, the deputy leader of the UK’s Labour Party vowed to urge changes that would make the country’s...more

FinTech Alert: Six Weeks of CFTC and SEC Action in the Digital Currency Space

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: Over the last six weeks, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) have taken rigorous action in the digital currency space, demonstrating that they will...more

Blockchain Week in Review – October #8

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

Spotlight On Initial Coin Offerings

by Murtha Cullina on

During the past year, the United States has seen an increasing number of a novel form of capital raising conducted by businesses or developers – known as an "initial coin offering," or "ICO." As often seen with other new...more

A CIO Budget Playbook for 2018

It’s that time of the year again, budget season. A time when organizations set priorities on how to strategically spend their money in 2018. In the information technology (IT) world this can be a daunting task for any CIO....more

What blockchain can learn from the net neutrality debate: antitrust and regulatory aspects of “paid prioritization” for a nascent...

by Hogan Lovells on

First come, first served. That’s not the principle behind the clearance of Bitcoin transactions. Equally for other blockchain technology networks, the relevant factor to get a transaction on the next available block is not...more

Europe as a Hub for Initial Coin Offerings?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) involve issuers offering virtual coins or tokens that are created and disseminated using blockchain or distributed ledger technology. Virtual coins resemble cash in a number of ways but may also...more

A look at how Blockchain could redefine the structure of the capital markets

by Hogan Lovells on

Could blockchain redefine the structure of the capital markets? The venue for trading and the management of risks of trades have traditionally been the role of exchanges and market infrastructure organizations such as the...more

Business Litigation Report - October 2017

October 2017: Second Circuit Immunity Decision Upends Cross-Border Criminal Investigations - The Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in United States v. Allen, --- F.3d ----, 2017 WL 3040201 (2d Cir. July 19,...more

Is a Utility Token ICO a Sale of Securities?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Bloomberg reported on October 16 that over $3 billion dollars have been raised in over 200 initial coin offerings so far this year. It remains to be seen whether the pace of ICOs will slow down in the face of regulatory...more

Balancing blockchain technology and Ontario securities laws

by Dentons on

Further to the Canadian Securities Administrator’s (CSA) August 2017 Staff Notice (see our last update here), on October 17, 2017, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) granted an exemptive relief application with respect...more

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