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First Ever SEC Registered Digital Token IPO May Bring Clarity to Blockchain Asset Industry

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On May 3, 2021, blockchain-based trading platform operator INX Ltd. announced it had completed its initial public offering of digital tokens, raising approximately $85 million in the IPO from over 7,200 institutional and...more

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Complementary: Bitcoin trading requires complementary to a financial activity authority under the Bank Holding Company Act

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There has been recent speculation that banks are about to enter the cryptocurrency markets. This makes a lot of commercial sense: There clearly is customer demand for banks to offer services similar to those they offer for...more

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It’s a Digital World – Embracing Technology in Trade Finance

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Following Sullivan’s recognition as a Leader in Trade for Innovation by Global Trade Review (GTR) for recent contributions to the digitalisation of trade finance, this is an opportune moment to recap the progress that has...more

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Cryptocurrency: An Evolving Market Still in its Infancy and Where it Stands Today

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Bitcoin was first introduced in a 2009 white paper, Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System.  Since then, cryptocurrencies, also known as virtual or digital currencies, have exploded, with thousands of different types...more

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Cryptocurrency Tax Update: Impact of New IRS Guidance and Proposed U.S. Tax Rate Increase

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The IRS recently clarified its position on the U.S. income tax treatment of a hard fork. A hard fork occurs when protocols on a blockchain change, causing a "fork" or splintering of the existing blockchain into two distinct...more

Foodman CPAs & Advisors

Operation Hidden Treasure Is NOT A Treasure For Crypto Holders

On March 6, 2021, Forbes reported that Damon Rowe, Director, Fraud Enforcement Office, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, DC, remarked that the IRS “added some crown jewels,” including a dedicated team of IRS Criminal...more

Hogan Lovells

Insurance regulatory news, April 2021 # 4

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Blockchain and smart contracts in insurance: EIOPA discussion paper - Reports on recent UK and EU regulatory developments of interest to insurers and their intermediaries. See also our Financial institutions general...more

Proskauer - The Capital Commitment

Cryptocurrencies and Other Digital Assets: A New Regime

Cryptocurrencies and digital assets will continue to be an area of intense regulatory focus, but a new administration may bring new regulations. SEC Chairman Gensler has extensive experience with cryptocurrencies and...more

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Securities Litigation Update: Southern District of New York Dismisses Putative Securities Class Action Alleging Sale of...

On April 16, 2021, in In re Bibox Group Holdings Ltd. Securities Litigation, Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a putative class action alleging registration...more

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

The Distributed Ledger: Blockchain, Digital Assets and Smart Contracts - April 2021

This issue discusses a variety of legal, regulatory and enforcement developments in the digital asset space in the U.S. and Europe....more

Bilzin Sumberg

NFTs: Unique Assets Spur Legal Questions of First Impression

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Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have gotten a lot of media attention of late, with breathless reports of multi-million dollar purchases of items one might never have expected to command such staggering sums. The objects sold have...more

Proskauer - Minding Your Business

Antitrust Enforcers Preview Incoming Spotlight on Blockchain

The tide of regulation of cryptocurrency and blockchain could be turning in the United States. Following comments by newly-confirmed Treasury Secretary (and former Federal Reserve Chair) Janet Yellen describing Bitcoin as...more

Dentons

Non-fungible tokens: are you buying art or trading securities?

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Non-fungible tokens ("NFTs") broke into the mainstream in the first quarter of 2021 as retail interest in the digital asset grew and news headlines highlighted the sale of NFTs for enormous sums, including: (i) just under...more

Proskauer - Blockchain and the Law

SEC Division of Examinations Releases Risk Alert for Digital Asset Securities

On February 26, 2020, the Security and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Examinations (the “Division”) published a Risk Alert, “The Division of Examinations’ Continued Focus on Digital Asset Securities.” In the Risk...more

Mayer Brown Free Writings + Perspectives

SEC Division of Examinations Risk Alert: New SEC Leadership Continues Focus on Examinations Related to Digital Asset Securities

On February 26, 2021, the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Examinations published a risk alert in connection with the offer, sale, and trading of digital assets that are securities. The risk alert...more

Mayer Brown Free Writings + Perspectives

SEC Examinations Division Issues Risk Alert Regarding Digital Assets

On February 26, 2021, the Division of Examinations (“Division”) of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) published a risk alert regarding its continued focus on digital assets (“Risk Alert”). The term “digital...more

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[Podcast] BakerHostetler Blockchain University: Beyond Cryptocurrency – Non-Financial Use Cases for Blockchain

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The fourth episode in the series provides an overview of how Blockchain is being used today in non-financial applications. Topics discussed include using blockchain for supply-chain management in various sectors, including...more

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Transportation and logistics trends to watch in 2021

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In the age of globalization and international trade, transportation and logistics have become hot topics, impacting business-to-business and consumer behaviour worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic brought a redefined realization...more

Hogan Lovells

DLT and issuance of dematerialised securities in Luxembourg

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The bill of law no 7637 modifying the Luxembourg law of 5 April 1993 on the financial sector and the law of 6 April 2013 on dematerialised securities (the “Bill”) has been adopted on 21 January 2021* and aims at modernising...more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

Another Use for Blockchain: Tracking COVID-19 Vaccines

Reuters reported this week that two hospitals in England are using blockchain technology to track the storage and supply of COVID-19 vaccines. According to Reuters, this is one of the first such initiatives in the world....more

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Digital asset securities: broker-dealer custody issues

As 2020 came to a close, the issue of how digital asset securities can be custodied by US broker-dealers became clearer, at least from a regulatory standpoint. In a release issued pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of...more

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SEC Issues Guidance for Broker-Dealer Custody of Digital Assets

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In a year-end change of course, the SEC identified the minimum steps that broker-dealers must take when acting as custodians of digital asset securities. On December 23, 2020, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

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ISDA’s Legal Guidelines Herald a Smarter Future for Derivatives Contracts

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In a new publication, ISDA explores the benefits of digitization and blockchain solutions for global foreign exchange derivatives markets. As blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) use cases continue to grow...more

Dentons

Part 4 – Central bank digital currency

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While Parts two and three of this series focused on the nature of stablecoin cryptocurrency systems, Part four explores the increasingly popular central bank digital currency (CBDC) system as an alternative to the...more

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Is Blockchain Just What the Doctor Ordered?

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The application of blockchain across various healthcare sectors could advance the industry as a whole. Here’s why. T he healthcare industry has always operated on the cutting edge of technology. From data analytics to...more

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