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Blockchain, Personal Data and the GDPR Right to be Forgotten

The effective date of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is fast approaching (May 25, 2018), and its impacts are already being felt across various industries. Specifically, the conflicts between the GDPR and...more

Optimizing Data Centers to Meet the Needs of Cryptocurrency Miners

Data centers are the twenty-first century nexus between the commercial real estate and telecommunication business sectors. Owners, operators and developers of data centers face the difficult task of continually adapting to...more

USAOs Bring Two More Cryptocurrency Related Fraud Actions

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

All things cryptocurrency related continue to be significant draws for investors. Unfortunately that attraction often leads to a loss of investor cash. The losses, however, are not typically from the cryptocurrency but from...more

Digital Cops and Cyber Robbers: OFAC Guidance on Crypto Currency

A lot of us in the sanctions compliance world were wondering whether and when OFAC would issue official guidance on its application of sanctions in the digital currency world. On March 18, OFAC issued five FAQs related to...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - April 2018 #2

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Pipeline Companies Targeted by Cyber-Attacks - Reports show that U.S. energy companies reported more than 350 cybersecurity incidents to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security between 2011 and 2015. Pipeline companies...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In what can only be deemed a major reversal, the White House has reportedly ordered its economic adviser and trade representative to study rejoining the Trans Pacific Partnership, just a year after yanking the US out of deal...more

What is blockchain and how will it affect me?

The term “blockchain” is everywhere, and it is likely that you will interact with blockchain technology every day in the years to come. Blockchain technology recently came to the public’s attention thanks to rising prices...more

Avoid this while filing your taxes

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

To avoid possible scrutiny or oversight by the IRS, Accuracy is a key factor when filing Tax Returns. Taxpayers want to make sure that their returns are processed correctly by the IRS. ...more

Australia’s Financial Intelligence Agency Implements AML Regulation of Digital Currencies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Australia announced on April 11 that all digital currency exchanges operating in the country will be regulated by the Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (“AUSTRAC”), the country’s financial intelligence agency. ...more

Virtual Currency Investors have a lot of responsibilities!

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

For U.S. Federal Income Tax purposes, Virtual Currency (VC) is treated as property. As a result, a VC investor ought to keep a very close watch on potential net short term capital gains (realized gain if VC is held one year...more

Blockchain Technology Developments in Delaware

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

While cryptocurrencies have captured the attention of many, the blockchain technology underlying these instruments has potentially far-reaching implications in many other fields. Consistent with its reputation as a...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

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Canadian Mining Company Settles with SEC over FCPA Charges – On March 26, Kinross Gold Corporation settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over its alleged failure to...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Canadian Mining Company Settles with SEC over FCPA Charges – On March 26, Kinross Gold Corporation settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over its alleged failure to...more

SEC Sidelines Funds Focused on Cryptocurrencies

by Carlton Fields on

In a January 18 letter to two of the fund industry’s leading advocacy groups, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management advised fund sponsors not to initiate registration of funds that intend to invest...more

Considering Blockchain? Nine Items for In-House Counsel to Consider

1. Less Simple = Less Secure - The more features and complexity in a distributed application, the more potential vulnerabilities - Ask: What is our strategic goal? What functionality is necessary vs. just...more

International Law Bulletin - Vol. 22, No. 3

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND TRADE - Dispute Resolution - WTO: The World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Panel ruled that Russia must remove its anti-dumping duties levied on European Union (EU) vans...more

Initial coin offerings: innovating in a changing market

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Allen & Overy was delighted to have the opportunity to lead a workshop on Initial Coin Offerings at the recent Innovate Finance Global Summit. We had such an engaged audience and covered so much ground that we wanted to share...more

Cryptocurrency 101

by Lathrop Gage on

If you do not currently own Bitcoin, the odds are in the last few months you have thought about the merits (or lack thereof) of owning Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, which is a digital or virtual currency (commonly...more

Can I Secure A Loan with Bitcoin? Part II

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In my previous article, I discussed the challenges of using Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code ("UCC") to create and perfect a security interest in virtual currency like Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Litecoin. (I use...more

Digital currencies: taming an unpredictable market

by WilmerHale on

On 22 February 2018, the Treasury Committee launched a new inquiry into digital currencies and distributed ledger technology. Digital currencies such as Bitcoin – often known as cryptocurrencies – are digital tokens which...more

Trump Administration Imposes Venezuelan Digital Currency Sanctions

by Jones Day on

On March 19, 2018, President Trump signed an Executive Order prohibiting U.S. persons and anyone within the United States from engaging in "transactions related to, [the] provision of financing for, and other dealings in ......more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2018

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Bitcoin is often portrayed as an untraceable method of payment that facilitates illicit activities by enabling criminals to make and receive payments without being tracked. This depiction implies that users transacting in...more

A New Legislative Framework for ICOs in France

The regulatory focus on initial coin offerings (ICOs) has not diminished since our last client alert where we mentioned that the public consultation of the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF) proposed to develop an ad...more

Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain and Ponzi Schemes

by Michael Volkov on

When you read and learn about cryptocurrencies (e.g. Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum), there are some commentators, politicians and others who characterize cryptocurrencies as a “Ponzi” scheme....more

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