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Virtual Currency

Virtual Currency (aka Digital Currency or Digital Money) is a type of currency or medium of exchange that is not issued by any government nor guaranteed by a government currency. Despite lacking legal tender... more +
Virtual Currency (aka Digital Currency or Digital Money) is a type of currency or medium of exchange that is not issued by any government nor guaranteed by a government currency. Despite lacking legal tender status, Virtual Currency is still traded and exchanged in some environments, typically online environments or communities. Bitcoin is the most well-known form of Virtual Currency.    less -

Recent SEC Enforcement Actions and Public Statement in the Blockchain Space

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The SEC has recently taken significant public steps in the regulation of token sales (popularly known as initial coin offerings, or ICOs) relating to blockchain. While the SEC Guidance provides clarity for critical points and...more

Bitcoin: Where Speculation (Likely) Meets Securities Regulation

by Murtha Cullina on

Recently, Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies have been widely reported in national mainstream news, with stories describing rapidly higher prices and interest, especially among retail investors. As a result, regulated...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017 #2

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

$64 Million in Bitcoin Stolen from NiceHash - Many are lamenting not purchasing bitcoin now that its value has skyrocketed. Recently, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin warned investors to stay away from...more

Blockchain Energizer – Volume 19

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and health care to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4...more

SEC Acts on Cryptocurrencies and ICOs

by BakerHostetler on

In the past few years, and particularly in the past few months, cryptocurrencies or digital currencies – most notably bitcoin and ether – have surged in popularity and dominated the financial press and to some degree even the...more

The Year of Bitcoin: Gains Subject to Tax by the IRS

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The year 2017 could be described as the year of the Bitcoin and other “virtual currencies,” with Bitcoin having appreciated 1800% since the beginning of the year and Ethereum, at one point, having appreciated 8,000% since the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As widely expected, the Fed affirmed the general strength of the US economy today by raising the benchmark interest rate again today—the 5th raise since the financial crisis....more

Japan's FSA Clarifies Regulatory Position on Initial Coin Offerings, Warns of Risks

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Financial Services Agency of Japan ("FSA") has released a statement on initial coin offerings ("ICOs"). It clarifies the regulatory position of ICOs under Japanese law and also highlights potential risks to...more

Financial Services Report – Winter 2017

by MoFo Reenforcement on

EDITOR’S NOTE - The holidays came early for the financial services industry. First, the Senate voted to repeal the CFPB’s rule banning class waivers in arbitration agreements in consumer financial contracts. Then,...more

SEC Halts Initial Coin Offering; Chair Clayton Speaks

Munchee Inc., a California-based company selling digital tokens to investors to raise capital for its blockchain-based food review service halted its initial coin offering (ICO) after being contacted by the SEC. Munchee Inc....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Bitcoin futures started trading yesterday for the first time prompting concerns about the volatility of the cryptocurrency that prompted several exchange outages due to 10%+ swings in its price as well as heavy website...more

U.S. v. Coinbase: Virtual Currency Holders Not Outside the IRS’s Reach

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, on November 28, 2017, ordered the international digital currency broker, Coinbase, Inc., to produce to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the records of...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Statement on Self-Certification of Bitcoin Products by CME, CFE and Cantor Exchange - On December 1, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") issued a Statement on the Self-Certification of Bitcoin...more

CFTC Statement on Self-Certification of Bitcoin Products by CME, CFE and Cantor Exchange

On December 1, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC“) issued a Statement on the Self-Certification of Bitcoin Products by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (“CME“), the CBOE Futures Exchange (“CFE“) and the...more

Income, from Whatever Exchange, Mine, or Fork Derived: The Basics of U.S. Cryptocurrency Taxation

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

In this first of (we hope) many posts on the interesting and myriad tax issues arising in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, we focus on the very basic U.S. federal income tax consequences of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The latest on the potential Disney move for “significant parts of 21st Century Fox,” which is nearing completion and could see Murdoch scion leaving his father and brother in order to work for Big Mouse....more

Court Enforces — Partially — IRS “John Doe” Summons Served on Virtual Currency Exchanger

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, a federal magistrate judge in the Northern District of California granted in part and denied in part a motion by the IRS to enforce a “John Doe” summons served on Coinbase, Inc., which operates a virtual currency...more

DFS Grants Virtual Currency License To bitFlyer USA, Inc.

On November 28, 2017, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS“) announced that it has approved the application of bitFlyer USA, Inc., for a virtual currency license.” Pursuant to this license bitFlyer USA...more

FinTech Alert: SEC’s New Cyber Unit Brings First Enforcement Action in Connection with an Initial Coin Offering

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that its newly formed cyber unit has filed its first charges in connection with an Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”). This development is an important...more

SEC’s Cyber Unit Files Its First-Ever Charges To Halt Alleged Initial Coin Offering Scam

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced yesterday that its new Cyber Unit obtained an emergency asset freeze to halt a “fast-moving” Initial Coin Offering (ICO) fraud that raised up to $15 million from thousands of...more

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

FASB Ceases Work on Proposal To Amend Definition of “Materiality” for US GAAP - As previously discussed in the September 1edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) had...more

Blockchain Energizer – Volume 18

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and health care to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4...more

IRS On The Hunt for Bitcoin Gains

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

While bitcoin seems like money, for federal income tax purposes, it is not. Like any asset, when it is sold or used to purchase goods or services, gain results if the value of the bitcoin is greater than the taxpayer’s basis...more

Cyber Unit Files First ICO Fraud Action

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Dec. 4 that its newly formed Cyber Unit filed its first enforcement action, in which it “obtained an emergency asset freeze to halt a fast-moving Initial Coin...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - November 2017 #4

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Intel has confirmed it has a bug in its remote server management tool. The tool, known as Management Engine, permits administrators of IT systems to access devices remotely to apply updates or troubleshoot problems for users....more

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