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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 -

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

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

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

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

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

Newly Released Virtual-Currency Businesses Act Augurs Increased State Regulation of Bitcoin, Ether, and other Digital and Crypto...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Uniform Law Commission (“ULC”) is an organization focused on developing and preparing “non-partisan, well-conceived, and well-drafted” state legislation in areas of state law where there is a perceived need for...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

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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

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

Transnational Criminal Organizations Increasingly Using Bitcoin As Money Laundering Vehicle

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In its recently-published 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), the Drug Enforcement Administration reports that drug trafficking organizations are turning to Bitcoin and other virtual currencies to enable easy...more

Market Participants, Beware: New CFTC Authority to Police Underlying Commodity Markets Sounds Alarms Beyond Digital Currency...

by Kobre & Kim on

Last month, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed its first ever anti-fraud action targeting bitcoin trading. In CFTC v. Gelfman, the CFTC charged a company and its founder with fraudulently soliciting...more

Fintech Week in Review – October 2017

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

CFTC Staff Aligns with SEC Position on Initial Coin Offerings: Tokens May be Commodities

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) LabCFTC office on October 17, 2017 issued A CFTC Primer on Virtual Currencies (Primer) indicating, among other things, that certain initial coin offerings (ICOs) within...more

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Lyft, armed with a fresh billion from Google’s venture investment arm (CapitalG), is looking seriously at a 2018 IPO. The CapG money raises Lyft’s valuation from $6.9 billion to more than $10 billion....more

CFTC Releases Primer on Virtual Currencies

by Reed Smith on

On October 17, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) LabCFTC released a primer on virtual currencies. The primer is an “education tool” that provides an overview of the virtual currency landscape and...more

Europe: Blockchain – The virtual currency Bitcoin

by Hogan Lovells on

Whoever thinks of blockchain also has inevitably bitcoins in mind. The Internet currency is largely based on the blockchain technology and it is therefore one of the most obvious fields of application for this technology, to...more

Announcement Clarifies Regulatory Position on Initial Coin Offerings in Hong Kong

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission has issued a statement explaining that, depending on the facts and circumstances of an initial coin offering ("ICO"), the ICO and any digital tokens that are...more

China moves to limit activities relating to ICOs and Cryptocurrencies: game over or level up?

by Hogan Lovells on

On 4 September 2017, the People's Bank of China ("PBOC") and six other government agencies issued the Statement on Preventing the Risks of Fund Raising through Initial Coin Offerings (the "ICO Statement"), declaring that...more

China Halts ICOs and Token Sales and China-Based Trading Platforms Suspend Trading Amid Reports of Additional Government...

by Perkins Coie on

The government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has formally announced a suspension to all ICOs and token offerings and financing activities by releasing two notices, namely, the Notice of Seven Ministries Including...more

Bill Introduced In Congress To Exempt Small Bitcoin Transactions From Income Tax

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Two members of Congress have introduced a bill that would exempt from income tax transactions under $600 conducted using Bitcoin or other digital currencies. Currently, the Internal Revenue Service treats digital currencies...more

Blockchain Week in Review – September 2017 #7

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

Every Day is Bitcoin Pizza Day: What Clients and Estate Planners Need to Know about Virtual Currency

by Murtha Cullina on

The combined value of all of the 867 crypto currencies tracked by CoinMarketCap.com is presently over $161 billion. Only seven years ago, on what is commemorated as “Bitcoin Pizza Day,” Bitcoin, then a new crypto currency,...more

No Summer Vacation for Distributed Ledger Technology

by Reed Smith on

As regulators across the globe turn their attention to distributed ledger technology (DLT), developments in this space have been in the news almost weekly this summer. In the past six weeks alone regulators in the United...more

SEC Securities Trading Suspension for Three Blockchain-Related Companies

by Reed Smith on

The spot market for digital tokens, which was once a “wild west” seemingly outside the scope of most federal regulations, is being integrated into the emerging Federal and State regulatory regime. In a period of just over two...more

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