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Another Hitch in the Crypto Boom? North Korean Malware Hijacks Computers to Mine Monero Cryptocurrency

Researchers at cybersecurity firm AlienVault have discovered a computer virus of North Korean origin which infects and hijacks computers in order to mine Monero, a private digital currency which styles itself as “secure,...more

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More trouble for the embattled British PM Theresa May. We learned yesterday that Britain’s second-largest construction firm—Carillion—was forced into liquidation after amassing a staggering $1.35 billion in debt. The downfall...more

Regulators Continue to Scrutinize Initial Coin Offerings

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As reported in the most recent issue of Expect Focus, the SEC issued an investigative report in July cautioning market participants that distributed ledger (blockchain) technology-based offers and sales of digital "tokens" or...more

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The Times explores the $27 billion in fixed-income-trading income that has seeped out of Wall Street over the past 5 years thanks to “a combination of tough regulations, new technologies, calm markets and changing customer...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Chairman Giancarlo Statement on Virtual Currencies - On January 4, 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman, J. Christopher Giancarlo, issued a statement on virtual currencies. "The CFTC's Market Risk...more

Initial Coin Offerings and Cryptocurrencies Will be a Priority for FINRA in 2018

In a ten page letter that previews the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) priorities for 2018, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and transactions involving cryptocurrencies....more

Could the Crypto-Rouble Spell Crypto-Trouble for Sanctions?

Russian President Vladmir Putin has directed his government to develop a state-backed cryptocurrency, according to a Financial Times report published on January 2nd. A Putin advisor says that the “Crypto-rouble” could be used...more

Chairman Giancarlo Statement on Virtual Currencies

On January 4, 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman, J. Christopher Giancarlo, issued a statement on virtual currencies. “The CFTC’s Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC), sponsored by CFTC...more

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AT&T has dropped plans to sell the Mate 10—the newest smartphone from China’s Huawei Technologies—just before the partnership was to be announced. AT&T gave no reasons for its abrupt reversal, but lawmakers have recently...more

Uniform Act to Regulate Virtual Currency Businesses Ready for State Adoption

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A new proposed law to create a statutory framework for regulating persons engaging in virtual-currency business activity, the Uniform Regulation of Virtual-Currency Businesses Act (URVCBA), has been approved by the Uniform...more

Massachusetts Securities Regulator Announces “Aggressive Policing” of Cryptocurrency Firms

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On December 15, 2017, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin announced that his office’s Securities Division (“MSD”) would begin “aggressive policing” of cryptocurrency sales in Massachusetts. The MSD regulates the...more

FINRA Targets ICOs and Digital Currencies in Annual Broker Exam Priorities Letter

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On January 8, 2018, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released its 2018 Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter (Exam Priorities Letter) for its broker-dealer members. In the Exam Priorities...more

SEC Cyber Unit Increases Efforts to Regulate Crypto-Currency

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Based on how 2017 ended, entities and individuals in the crypto-currency markets should expect increased scrutiny from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in 2018. The SEC’s Cyber Unit commenced its...more

Financial Derivatives Intermediaries Who Trade Virtual Currencies Face the NFA’s Enhanced Reporting Requirements

Derivatives regulators continue to take actions that pull virtual currencies – also known as digital currency or cryptocurrency, the best known of which is bitcoin – into their regulatory schemes....more

SEC Scrutinizes Pumping of Blockchain-Related Securities

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) is continuing to increase its scrutiny of companies that might be taking advantage of investor excitement for blockchain and cryptocurrency (ICO) deals to inflate their...more

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An overview of last Friday’s jobs report, which saw the US adding fewer jobs than expected but also tracked a welcomed increase in wages for the least-educated workers....more

SEC Brings Enforcement Actions Against Promoters of Initial Coin Offerings

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Throughout the latter half of 2017, the SEC became increasingly focused on regulating securities law violations involving blockchain technology and initial coin offerings. A blockchain is an electronic distributed ledger...more

Coinbase Urges Bitcoin Users To Pay Their Taxes

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Coindesk is reporting that Coinbase — the largest U.S.-based Bitcoin exchange and the subject of a recently-concluded “John Doe” summons dispute with the Internal Revenue Service — is reminding its customers of their U.S. tax...more

Digital Finance and Marketplace Lending Year in Review

Top Five 2017 Takeaways From Manatt’s Digital Finance and Marketplace Lending Team - 2017 was a banner year for digital finance, as cryptocurrency made headlines, the SEC cracked down on ICOs, alternative lenders broadened...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Legal Issues to Watch in 2018"

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Last year was filled with many headline-making issues. As we begin to look at 2018, here are three issues we are closely tracking....more

The IRS Succeeds in Compelling Crypto Exchange to Disclose User Information

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As the price of bitcoin leaps and lurches toward new highs, it seems fitting that the legal regime surrounding it and other virtual currencies is similarly unpredictable. With bitcoin edging its way into mainstream finance,...more

The SEC and Plaintiffs’ Class Action Attorneys Are Targeting Initial Coin Offerings

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Issuers and other professionals participating in Initial Coin Offerings — widely known as ICOs — are facing the increasing threat of both U.S. Securities Exchange Commission enforcement actions and private class action suits...more

The SEC’s Shutdown of the Munchee ICO

Commission’s action shows the limited utility of the utility token-security token distinction. Regulator finds that sellers of blockchain-based digital coins cannot dodge securities law by calling the coins “utility...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - December 2017

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As the SEC’s cyber unit files its first complaint against an Initial Coin Offering ("ICO"), Birmingham Associate Fob James examines the future of ICOs on our Securities Litigation Blog. Please see full E-Note below for...more

Year in Review: Top Cryptocurrency Stories of 2017

After lingering on the periphery of financial markets for the past several years, cryptocurrency has finally started to move into the mainstream. While the explosion in Bitcoin’s value dominated the news headlines,...more

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