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Blockchain Week in Review - February 2018

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

Blockchain Technology May Enable Tracing in Securities Act Litigation

Blockchain technology is creating an ecosystem designed to accommodate peer-to-peer transactions without a trusted administrator or intermediary. On a blockchain platform, direct transactions are underpinned by blockchain's...more

Congress and the Blockchain: The 2018 Joint Economic Report’s Discussion on Cryptocurrency

by Michael Volkov on

A few days ago, Congress released its 2018 Joint Economic Report. As many of you know, the Joint Economic Committee prepares this report as a national assessment of the country’s economic status. The report often assesses...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 16, Issue 1

Fair Use and Social Media Sites like BuzzFeed - Fair use, an evolving doctrine and a very popular fallback for those on the Internet, has continued to be “the most troublesome in the whole law of copyright.” Its goal has...more

SEC Subpoenas Signal Heightened Cryptocurrency Focus

by Holland & Hart LLP on

Escalating its regulatory scrutiny of initial coin offerings (“ICOs”), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has recently issued subpoenas to a reported 80 or more firms involved in the burgeoning industry...more

First Securities Lending Transaction Using Blockchain Technology Completed

It was reported this month that ING Groep NV and a major international bank recently completed the first live securities lending transaction settled using distributed ledger technology (“DLT”). The transaction involved the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The DOJ is expanding its Wells Fargo sales probe into the bank’s wealth management division, a troubling move for an organization still trying to right the ship in its retail-banking unit where the sham-account scandal...more

Can I Secure a Loan with Bitcoin? Part I

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Each day seems to bring another story about Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, or another virtual currency. If virtual currencies continue to grow in popularity, it's only a matter of time before borrowers offer to pledge virtual...more

Blockchain Energizer – Volume 24

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

Blockchain Backed International Dispute Resolution

by Reed Smith on

Startups often are at the forefront of creating unique solutions with the ability to have a tremendous impact on various industries. The Miami Blockchain Group, a legal technology startup, has created a novel blockchain...more

The Patent Landscape of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain

With Bitcoin and alternative coins, such as Ethereum, Ripple, and Cardano, experiencing volatile price swings, cryptocurrencies have rapidly become mainstream and widely discussed, with many seeking to find ways to profit...more

Blockchain in Energy – Where Do We Stand? Where Do We Go From Here?

For all the publicity generated by the recent increase in value of Bitcoin, as well as the generally increasing awareness of the existence of blockchain technology, the recent Blockchain in Energy Forum 2018 held in New York...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Statement on Potentially Unlawful Online Platforms for Trading Digital Assets - On March 7, 2018, the Divisions of Enforcement and Trading and Markets of the Securities and Exchange Commission released a "Statement on...more

The future of Bitcoin (regulation) in Africa

by Hogan Lovells on

The launch of the first Bitcoin future for trade in the United States of America during December 2017 has brought significant public attention to both the Bitcoin crypto currency, and the underlying bitcoin network...more

Initial Coin Offerings in the United Arab Emirates

by King & Spalding on

Background - Against the backdrop of the increasing prominence of cryptocurrencies globally, initial coin offerings or ICOs are becoming commensurately popular as a capital raising method. ICOs, essentially a method of...more

Blockchain and State Law: Five Legislative Developments

by Baker Donelson on

Blockchain technology is rapidly expanding into major sectors of the economy. Whether it is the meteoric rise of the digital currency bitcoin or the heightened regulation of initial coin offerings by the Securities and...more

Wheels Up for Blockchain Technology in Aviation?

by LeClairRyan on

Many of us know something about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Perhaps fewer of us are familiar with the underlying digital technology for these cryptocurrencies — known as blockchain. ...more

Blockchain And Cryptocurrency: Recent Legal And Regulatory Developments

by Cole Schotz on

The first two weeks in March 2018 have seen a number of developments with respect to the regulation of cryptocurrencies in the United States. Regulation of Online Cryptocurrency Trading Platforms- On March 7, 2018, the...more

European Commission Outlines its Action Plan for FinTech

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Commission has issued a Communication on FinTech to the European Parliament, the European Council, the European Central Bank, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions....more

Berkeley to Use Blockchain for Tokenized Bonds

by Reed Smith on

The City of Berkeley, California will be the first U.S. city to explore blockchain-based financing to tackle social issues such as affordable housing. Mayor Jesse Arreguin and Councilmember Ben Bartlett are collaborating...more

Blockchain: Coming to a CMBS Near You

by Polsinelli on

Although at first glance the underlying technology behind Bitcoin and mortgaged backed securities have little in common, blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize securitizations because it permits value and...more

Wyoming Enacts Trailblazing Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Legislation

by Wilson Elser on

During the week of March 5, 2018, Wyoming passed comprehensive legislation crafted to convince blockchain and cryptocurrency businesses to locate within its borders and avail themselves of what many consider favorable...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Journal dropped something of a bomb on Friday with news that Goldman Sachs’ CEO Lloyd Blankfein is heading out the door as soon as the end of the year. If true, Goldman will likely look for his replacement within its...more

Cryptocurrencies and the fight against money laundering

As the global use of cryptocurrencies continues to gather momentum, what are the potential risks and implications for compliance professionals and how can they stay a step ahead of money launderers?...more

The SEC Targets ICOs for Enforcement

by Michael Volkov on

I am always amazed at how “business” entrepreneurs ignore enforcement risks in the face of specific warnings from regulators.  The SEC and the CFTC have made it clear to the emerging initial coin offering (ICO) and...more

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