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Will Your Offshore Bank or Cryptocurrency Exchange Turn You In to the IRS?

by Sanford Millar on

Well the results of the Foreign Account tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) are coming in and the IRS will be stepping up audit of “holder” of unreported account. The exam targets will be U.S. taxpayers who own or control foreign...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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big news out of Uber this weekend, where the company and its board resolved outstanding issues with Travis Kalanick in order to finalize a deal in which a SoftBank-led consortium of investors will buy up about $1 billion of...more

Indictment Of Day Trader For Hacking And Securities Fraud Demonstrates How Bitcoin Can Be Used For Money Laundering

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this week, a federal grand jury in Brooklyn returned an indictment criminally charging a self-described “day trader” with various offenses in connection with an alleged computer hacking scheme involving more than 50...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

Newly Released Virtual-Currency Businesses Act Augurs Increased State Regulation of Bitcoin, Ether, and other Digital and Crypto...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Uniform Law Commission (“ULC”) is an organization focused on developing and preparing “non-partisan, well-conceived, and well-drafted” state legislation in areas of state law where there is a perceived need for...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

Initial Coin Offerings—A Singapore Perspective

by Jones Day on

As interest continues to grow in virtual currencies, blockchain technology and initial coin offerings, governments are evaluating the benefits and potential risks of these innovations, while considering numerous regulatory...more

The FMA’s views on ICOs and cryptocurrencies

by DLA Piper on

The benefits and potential that can come from a properly organized and regulated Initial Coin Offering (ICO) or Token Generation Event (TGE) are obvious in terms of both efficiencies and scale in capital raising for issuers,...more

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): The Current State of Play

The ICO boom in 2017 brings with it questions of jurisdiction and compliance, and a need for further guidance - The benefits of ICOs in raising capital, as well as in providing a marketing push for a new business model,...more

SEC Files Complaint Against Trader Involving Bitcoin Conversion Scheme

by Reed Smith on

On October 30, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint in federal court against a day trader for allegedly committing fraud and market manipulation during which the trader utilized a...more

Bridging the Week - October 2017 #5

UK-Based Subsidiary of US Bank Fined UK £34.5 Million for Not Reporting Certain Derivatives Transactions As Required: UK-based Merrill Lynch International consented to the imposition of a fine of £34.5 million (the equivalent...more

Initial Coin Offerings: Key Considerations You Absolutely, Positively Need to Know About Before Launching an ICO

by K&L Gates LLP on

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) have rapidly emerged as the hottest trend in FinTech financing, albeit one that is not without controversy. Put simply, an ICO is a method of fundraising somewhat akin to an initial public...more

Issuer, Beware! The SEC (and Others) Are Carefully Watching ICOs

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cryptocurrencies. With the advent of blockchain technologies and related blockchain-based service companies, many startups are now employing or examining a new way to raise capital: initial coin offerings...more

Fintech Week in Review – October 2017

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

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 40

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC-Proposed Amendments to Modernize, Simplify and Increase the Accessibility of Required Disclosure - As previously reported in the October 13, 2017 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest, on...more

Cryptocurrency Update: CFTC Reaffirms Jurisdiction Over Certain Virtual Currency Transactions

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

There is little question that virtual currency will be subject to increasing regulatory oversight as it continues its steady march towards the mainstream. On October 17, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Lyft, armed with a fresh billion from Google’s venture investment arm (CapitalG), is looking seriously at a 2018 IPO. The CapG money raises Lyft’s valuation from $6.9 billion to more than $10 billion....more

CFTC Extends Its Reach to Potentially Include Initial Coin Offerings

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has now made it clear that, in its view, certain initial coin offerings (ICOs) within the United States or affecting U.S. residents may be within its jurisdiction. On October...more

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Considers Blockchain Technology and Securities Markets

by Reed Smith on

On October 12, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Committee (“SEC”) held an Investor Advisory Committee (“IAC”) meeting to consider, among other things, blockchain technology and the implications for securities markets....more

The SEC Wants To Know What’s Next For Blockchain: Are You Keeping Up?

On October 12, 2017, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee met to discuss Blockchain technology and its impact on the securities industry....more

NASDAQ Company Discusses Plan for Initial Coin Offering

Social Reality, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRAX) discussed its plans for an initial coin offering with analysts on October 17, 2017. Its stock closed up 70% on the news....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #2

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

FBI Issues Flash Alert on Apache Struts Vulnerability - The Apache Struts vulnerability has been mentioned frequently in the media over the past month, as it is believed to have been involved in one of the largest and most...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

If Netflix is to be believed (and, you know, it is a public company), there’s a LOT more Stranger Things and House of Cards on the way... Turns out Nelson Peltz’s failed quest for a P&G board seat was crazy close. As in,...more

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