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IP+T Intelligence Newsletter - May 2018

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

In the past several months, cryptocurrencies have been all over the news with the meteoric rise in the value of Bitcoin up to $20,000. At its peak in early January 2018, the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Campbell’s Soup CEO Denise Morrison retired abruptly late last Friday. Though the company’s stock has struggled in the past year, Morrison gave no reason for stepping down—a move that drops the number of female chief...more

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

by Dechert LLP on

MIFID II – EMSA updates Q&As on commodity derivatives topics and asks European Commission to clarify “ancillary activity” test under MiFID II - ESMA updated its Q&As on 27 March 2018 on commodity derivatives topics...more

Two Significant Losses For the CFTC

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act strengthened the jurisdiction and enforcement capabilities of the CFTC in a number of respects. Once key provision concerned Retail Commodity Contracts, under CEA Section 2(c)((2)(D)....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Staff Issues Interpretive Guidance Regarding Exemption from Aggregation - On May 2, 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's ("CFTC") Division of Market Oversight issued a CFTC staff letter with interpretive...more

Who will have the last word with Virtual Currency? IRS, FinCEN, SEC, OFAC or the CFTC?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Virtual Currency (VC) investors are currently investing without clarity regarding which Government Agency(s) has the final word with respect to the treatment of VC. US Agencies: IRS, FinCEN, SEC and CFTC – have expressed...more

CFTC Staff Issues Interpretive Guidance Regarding Exemption from Aggregation

On May 2, 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC“) Division of Market Oversight issued a CFTC staff letter with interpretive guidance regarding CFTC Regulation 150.4(b)(1), an exemption from position...more

Federal court opinion could impact CFTC proposed guidance on retail commodity transactions in virtual currency

by Dentons on

On May 1, 2018, United States District Court Judge James Selna in Santa Ana, California, issued an opinion that could impact proposed guidance issued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regarding retail...more

New York’s AG Enters the Cryptocurrency Ring as Federal, State Authorities Find Regulatory Footing

On April 17, 2018, the New York State Attorney General (“NYAG”) sent a “Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative Questionnaire” to 13 companies operating virtual currency trading platforms. The questionnaire consists of 34...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 2018

by Burr & Forman on

On March 28, Alabama adopted a data privacy law, the Alabama Data Breach Notification Act of 2018 (SB318). While Alabama is one of the last states to adopt such an act, the Act is notable in its requirements, and applies to...more

What’s the global crop outlook for 2018?

A potential landmark for U.S. soy, alongside Black Sea production records and an uncertain EU growing season are analyzed in the latest global crop outlook report from our Lanworth agriculture research team....more

When Do Virtual Currency Transactions Qualify for the 'Actual Delivery' Exception from the CFTC's Jurisdiction?

by JD Supra Perspectives on

Commentary on the CFTC's proposed interpretation of the 'actual delivery' exception to cryptocurrencies, from two CFTC attorneys in their personal capacity....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Facebook’s Q1 results make a strong case for Zuckerberg and his ilk riding out arguably its most serious crisis to date (the flood of criticism over its privacy practices and handling of user data) with next-to-no effect on...more

Exploring North American oil with Thomson Reuters

Energy industry experts and customers gathered in Houston and Calgary to explore a range of North American oil topics at the annual Thomson Reuters Oil Forum Series. Here are some of the main talking points....more

Trade Reporting Deadlines for Derivatives Contracts

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Securities and Futures (Reporting of Derivatives Contracts) Regulations 2013 (Regulations) have been amended with effect from 1 April 2018 in order to implement, among other things, the reporting of commodity derivatives...more

Developing Crypto’s Regulatory Landscape: A Survey of Recent Actions by Federal Regulators to Fence Off Jurisdiction Over Virtual...

In the decades that followed the enactment of the Homestead Act of 1862, more than 1.6 million U.S. citizens and intended citizens filed applications with the U.S. government to lay claim to 160 acres of land guaranteed to...more

Battery supply chain: A unique growth opportunity

by White & Case LLP on

Battery materials and electric vehicles offer something unique to today's commodity producers and investors: a sustainable growth story that is not just China-dependent. The exponential growth in demand is creating a scramble...more

Offshore Chinese Commodity Futures Access Round 2: The Dalian Iron Ore Contract is in Sight

by Reed Smith on

Hot on the heels of the Shanghai International Energy Exchange (INE)’s launch of a new crude oil futures contract, which has been made available to overseas investors, the Dalian Commodities Exchange (DCE) has announced that...more

Stage Set for Second-Ever Criminal Spoofing Trial

by Dechert LLP on

A judge in the District of Connecticut paved the way last month for what the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has described as “the second spoofing case that will go to trial in the country.” By denying the defendant’s motion...more

Filing Deadlines and To Do List for April 2018 for RIAs and BDs

FOR INVESTMENT MANAGERS AND HEDGE/PRIVATE FUND MANAGERS - Form ADV Part 2A: Registered investment advisers are required to distribute to each client an updated Form ADV Part 2A or a summary of material changes with an offer...more

Business Litigation E-Note - March 2018

by Burr & Forman on

The regulation of virtual currencies, or cryptocurrencies, is evolving. In an important new decision from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the Court held, among other things, that the...more

Corporate E-Note - March 2018

by Burr & Forman on

Alabama and South Dakota are the only two states that have not passed a data breach notification and reporting law. On March 1, Alabama got one step closer to not finishing dead last when the Alabama senate passed SB318 —...more

U.S. Customs Remind Travelers Of Restrictions On Confetti-Filled Eggshells

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The hollowed-out, colored eggshells known as Cascarones that children (and adults) fling at each other often appear around the time of the Easter holiday and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border...more

Federal Court Grants Preliminary Injunction, Affirms CFTC Jurisdiction over Virtual Currencies

Earlier this month, Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York entered a preliminary injunction order against Patrick McDonnell and his company, CabbageTech, Corp. (together, the...more

Rapidly Shifting Regulatory Landscape for Virtual Currencies | Market Participants: Stay Tuned

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As US regulators have been active in terms of virtual currency regulation, there are three important updates to which attention should be paid. The New York State DFS guidance, the FinCEN letter to Senator Wyden and the...more

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