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DealBook’s Common Sense column takes a look at the AT&T/Time Warner deal and the “battle lines” forming for an “epic” antitrust battle, in spite of the vertical nature of the merger (the companies don’t compete in any...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - November 2017 - Issue 10

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A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on the amendments to the European Venture Capital and Social Entrepreneurship Fund...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

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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

CFTC and SEC Chairs Seek to Apply Existing Laws and Regulations to Digital Assets

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Nine years after Satoshi Nakamoto circulated his whitepaper and introduced the world to bitcoin, regulated bitcoin derivatives are about to be introduced in the United States. CME Group recently announced that it will begin...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

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Snap’s awful Q3 be damned—Chinese tech giant Tencent has increased its stake in the company to more than 12% thanks to shares it purchased on the open market....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

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Breakingviews is raising an eyebrow at the news from yesterday about Broadcom’s unsolicited $105 billion offer for Qualcomm [the largest-ever proposed tech deal], especially in light of the “mountain of debt” Broadcom would...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

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

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

SEC Warns Celebrities on Endorsing Initial Coin Offerings

The SEC issued a warning to celebrities and others that endorse initial coin offerings and other investments. The SEC noted: Any celebrity or other individual who promotes a virtual token or coin that is a security must...more

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Facebook may have had a difficult day on the Hill. But a 79% rise in Q3 profit—driven, ironically enough, by online ads—should help soften the blow....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

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Samsung, beset by top-level resignations and a mess of bribery allegations reaching the former South Korean President and the crown prince of the family’s chaebol, has announced a new slate of execs “In an effort to bring...more

Despite Legal Uncertainties, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) Attract Startup Attention

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Over $1.5 billion has been raised by token offerings – also known as initial coin offerings or ICOs – so far in 2017. Not surprisingly, many startups are eager to capitalize on this possible funding source. Although ICOs...more

CFTC Issues Primer on Virtual Currency, Virtual Tokens and ICOs

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s LabCFTC recently released, “A CFTC Primer on Virtual Currencies.” This primer provides an overview of virtual currencies and their potential use-cases, helps outline the CFTC’s role...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

CFTC Reaffirms Stance on Digital Currencies; Expresses View on DLT and ICOs

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Pursuant to its LabCFTC initiative, the regulator issued a FinTech Primer on virtual currencies, including addressing the jurisdictional reach of the CFTC and the SEC (and potential overlap). Several questions remain...more

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Most insiders are chalking up last week’s CVS/Aetna news to a recent Amazon push into the pharma world. The Journal breaks down exactly what that means—both for the industry and for Amazon, which faces a series of challenges...more

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