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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 -

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

Hacker Steals $31 Million of Tether Cryptocurrency

Virtual currency exchanges are popping up at breakneck speed. Tether, which operates USDT, a cryptocurrency that is backed up with the U.S. dollar, announced that almost $31 million of its USDT was stolen from its core...more

Coinbase Ordered To Turn Over Bitcoin Trading Records Of Over 14,000 Customers To Internal Revenue Service

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service has prevailed in its long-running dispute with Coinbase, the largest U.S.-based Bitcoin exchange, with a federal judge ordering Coinbase to comply with a “John Doe” summons seeking customer...more

Blockchain - More than Digital Currency

by Fisher Phillips on

Blockchain Technology, the underlying system of Bitcoin, could help democratize the way we store data, prove ownership, and create verifiable trust relationships. The blockchain is a global, public database, or ledger, of...more

CFTC-Regulated Markets May Give Bitcoin The Stability It Needs

by Ifrah PLLC on

The unregulated nature of virtual currencies like Bitcoin plays a big role in their appeal. However, wild swings in prices in addition to the perception that these markets are subject to manipulation, make it difficult—if not...more

ESMA Statements on ICO Risks for Firms and Investors

Following the European Securities and Markets Authority‘s (“ESMA“) observation in rapid-growth initial coin offerings (“ICOs“)s, on November 13, 2017, ESMA issued two statements on ICOs. ESMA notes in a statement for firms...more

Uniform Law Commission Addresses Virtual Currency Regulation

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 9, 2017, the Uniform Law Commission released a proposed state statute, which, if adopted, will require a new type of state licensure for persons engaging in “virtual business activities.” The proposed regulation...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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As retailers do all they can to fight the e-commerce wave, some bricks-and-mortar shops are experimenting with a rather counterintuitive strategy: smaller spaces and a showroom-style approach....more

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