A Cryptocurrency and DLT Newsletter – May 31, 2018

Authored by Jai R. Massari, Christophe Perchet, Byron B. Rooney, Daniel Arroche, Trevor I. Kiviat, Zachary B. Shapiro and Andrew Ruben

Market Insights

  • Decentralized Exchanges:  Further Disruption Ahead?

Regulatory Developments

  • New York Attorney General Launches Inquiry Into Crypto Exchanges
  • European Blockchain


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A Cryptocurrency and DLT Newsletter – April 5, 2018

Authored by Jai R. Massari, Christophe Perchet, Byron B. Rooney, Daniel Arroche, Trevor I. Kiviat, Daniela Dekhtyar-McCarthy and Andrew Ruben

Market Developments

Web Platforms Continue to Ban ICO-Related Advertisements

The SEC increasingly is focusing its enforcement authority not only on companies
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The past few days have seen several interesting developments in the law and regulation of digital tokens.  Each action reflects an intense focus by U.S. regulators to clarify the treatment of digital tokens, from those issued by startups in initial coin offerings (ICOs) to the more “traditional” cryptocurrencies
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In its first hearing of the year, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs expressed support for potential reforms to the U.S. anti-money laundering (“AML”) and countering the financing of terrorism (“CTF”) framework.  The hearing focused on the relationships among financial institutions, regulators, and
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After being one of the first countries to recognize blockchain technology in the field of cash vouchers, or minibons, France has become the first country to authorize the registration and transfer of unlisted securities by using the blockchain technology.

With the aim of making France the world’s forerunner in the
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Among the virtual currency transactions that are within the scope of CFTC regulation are leveraged, margined, or financed transactions in virtual currencies offered to retail customers. These retail commodity transactions are illegal unless traded on a regulated futures exchange and cleared through a futures commission merchant. They include any transaction:
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With virtual currency markets booming and bitcoin prices at record highs, U.S. financial regulators have been—each in its own manner—considering whether and how to regulate virtual currencies and related products.  Last week, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that three futures exchanges—CME, Cboe Futures Exchange, and Cantor Exchange—self-certified
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Plaintiffs in data breach cases have tried many theories of recovery, with mixed results. However, plaintiffs and regulators are increasingly having success with allegations of unfair business practices. Davis Polk has published a blog post describing the rise of breach-related Consumer Protection Act actions. The full blog post is available
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