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Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)

FinTech Update: Emerging Legal Trends Regarding Blockchain Technology

by Burr & Forman on

Over the course of the past few years, Blockchain technology – a platform that acts as a digital ledger for assets – has rapidly grown in prominence. While it is perhaps most well-known for its connection to Bitcoin, the...more

Intellectual Property Strategies For Next Generation Cybersecurity Technologies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Cybersecurity technology has become one of the most important industries in the world today. With products that are critical to businesses in countless fields, including finance, healthcare, transportation, public utilities,...more

Regulators Continue to Scrutinize Initial Coin Offerings

by Carlton Fields on

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

Australian Securities Exchange Selects Distributed Ledger Technology to Replace CHESS

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Amidst the frenzy surrounding the rapid appreciation of cryptocurrency values it is easy to forget that the technology underlying crypto—blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) —may ultimately be the real story. The...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2018

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

SEC Cyber Unit Increases Efforts to Regulate Crypto-Currency

by Nossaman LLP on

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

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on Broker/Dealer, Derivatives, CFTC and UK/Brexit/EU Developments

BROKER-DEALER - SEC Provides Notice of Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee - The Securities and Exchange Commission Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee recently announced that it will hold a...more

Patenting the Blockchain

Last year’s spike in the valuation of bitcoin has much of the technology world focused on blockchain, the distributed database ledger technology behind bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies. Lost behind the scenes,...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Rules Out New Rules for Distributed Ledger Technology

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority has published a feedback statement on Distributed Ledger Technology, following the discussion paper it issued in April 2017....more

SEC Brings Enforcement Actions Against Promoters of Initial Coin Offerings

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

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

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

by Porter Hedges LLP on

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

2018 NDAA Analysis: Signals Towards the Federal Government’s Growing Interest in Blockchain Technology

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the seventh blog post in a series analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as signed into law on December 12, 2017. Stay tuned for more blog posts covering additional topics in...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

Bitcoins and the IRS: Reporting and Storing

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Possession of virtual currency, also known as cryptocurrency, is legal in the U.S. as well as many other parts of the world. The most well-known form of virtual currency is Bitcoin. There are other virtual currencies that...more

The SEC and Securities Plaintiffs' Bar Take Aim at Initial Coin Offerings

by BakerHostetler on

These days it seems that everybody is considering getting into the distributed ledger technology business causing the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the securities plaintiffs’ bar to take notice....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Apple has pushed an update to iOS 11.2 to its users. Users should consider pushing any updates that are recommended by the manufacturer, as there is usually a reason behind the update, and many times it is to fix a...more

Innovation on the Blockchain: Protect your IP Assets in 2018 and Beyond

by Polsinelli on

Blockchain-based patent applications started as a trickle, beginning with a few applications being filed in 2014. It has now exploded, with a few big filers jumping into the market in hopes of creating licensing opportunities...more

EuroResource—Deals and Debt | December 2017

by Jones Day on

For the benefit of our clients and friends investing in European distressed opportunities, our European Network is sharing some current developments. Recent Developments - The Netherlands—On 5 September 2017, the...more

What Next for Distributed Ledger Technology?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The FCA has published a Feedback Statement on Distributed Ledger Technology, setting out its views and proposed next steps. Key Points: ..Respondents to the FCA’s initial Discussion Paper were supportive of the FCA...more

Proposed Legislation in New York Would Recognize Enforceability of BlockChain Transactions and Explore Applications of Technology

While the investment potential of cryptocurrencies, including BitCoin, has been all over the news in recent weeks, state governments have begun to explore the practical applications of blockchain – the technology underlying...more

FCA issues Feedback Statement on DLT

by DLA Piper on

On 15 December 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), following the publication of its Discussion Paper on Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) (Discussion Paper) (DPI 7/3) in April 2017, published a Feedback Statement...more

Crackdown: SEC's New Cyber Unit Targets Blockchain and ICO Abuses

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched a special unit to bring enforcement actions against several forms of cyber misconduct. The Result: The Cyber Unit has already brought enforcement...more

Early Adopter—Vanguard Announces Plan to Utilize Blockchain Technology

Top mutual fund firm The Vanguard Group, Inc. unveiled a plan last week to incorporate blockchain smart contract technology into some of its indexing operations beginning early next year. Vanguard’s initiative will be carried...more

FCA to Take a Closer Look at ICOs

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Following on from the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA’s) consumer warning on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) in September, the FCA has announced a deeper examination of this area in its Feedback Statement on Distributed...more

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