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In this issue: • Cryptocurrency Capital Markets Announcements by Institutional and Startup FirmsPublic and Private Blockchain Pilots Announced, CFTC Warns on Smart ContractsCrack Down on ICOs Continues, U.S. Marshals Prepare to Auction Seized Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Capital Markets Announcements by Institutional and Startup Firms By: Jordan R. Silversmith On Oct. 15, a major global financial services firm – the fourth-largest asset management firm in the world – announced plans to spin off…
In this issue: • Blockchain Initiatives Pursue Solutions for Refugees, Voting, Smart Cities, Defense and Food SafetyCryptocurrency Legal Developments: Tax, Proposed Legislation, AML and CFTCEnforcement Actions Continue, Cryptomining Malware Surges, Token Values FallBlockchain Payments Products Advance, Investments Continue and a Bitcoin Bug Is Fixed Blockchain Initiatives Pursue Solutions for Refugees, Voting, Smart Cities, Defense and Food Safety By: Brian P. Bartish and Diana Stern The World Food Programme (WFP)…
In this issue: • Stablecoins Launch in US as New Data Cites Drop in ICO FundingSEC and FINRA Issue First-of-Their-Kind Enforcement ActionsBlockchain Enterprise Developments: Mining, Digital Identities and Food Supply ChainCryptocurrencies Continue to Enter Traditional Areas of Financial Crimes  Stablecoins Launch in US as New Data Cites Drop in ICO Funding By: Robert A. Musiala Jr. and Brian P. Bartish On Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, the New York Department…
In this issue: • Payments and Capital Markets Blockchain Developments Continue to Progress • Industry and Government Continue to Champion Blockchain PilotsNewly Released List Ranks Companies with the Most Blockchain Patent Filings Payments and Capital Markets Blockchain Developments Continue to Progress By: Jonathan D. Blattmachr This week saw several blockchain-related developments in the payments and capital market spaces. In payments, a major global technology company’s newly announced remittance system claims to enable faster…
In this issue: • New Blockchain Trading Platforms and Capital Markets Offerings AnnouncedBlockchain Executive Surveys Released, More Pilots and Investments AnnouncedUpdate: Cryptocurrency Cybercrimes and ICO Enforcement ActionsJohn McAfee’s ‘Unhackable’ Cryptocurrency Wallet Hacked New Blockchain Trading Platforms and Capital Markets Offerings Announced By: Jaime B. Petenko Recently, it was reported that a popular Colorado resort planned to sell “Aspen Coins” in a Reg D 506(c) offering on a token trading…
In this issue: • Capital Markets Firsts for Blockchain Include Bonds, Security Tokens, Exchange Traded NotesCryptocurrency Cybercrimes and Enforcement Actions ContinueBlockchain Investment Continues as Businesses Expand Operations  Capital Markets Firsts for Blockchain Include Bonds, Security Tokens, Exchange Traded Notes By: Jaime B. Petenko According to an Aug. 10, 2018, press release, the World Bank and an Australian multinational bank are partnering to issue what is reported to be the first…
Ohio will soon have a law in place that provides a “legal safe harbor” from tort claims related to a data breach, to entities that have implemented and comply with certain cybersecurity frameworks. It remains to be seen whether any entity will ever be in a position to take advantage of the affirmative defense this law offers. Below is a summary of the key provisions, followed by comments on why the safe harbor is likely…
In this issue: • New Solutions Seek to Bring Cryptocurrencies Closer to Mainstream Blockchain Developments for Shipping, Food, Pharmaceuticals and Diamonds Cryprocurrency Scams and Enforcement Actions Perpetuate Uncertainty Analysis: Tezos Securities Class Action Survives Motion to Dismiss New Solutions Seek to Bring Cryptocurrencies Closer to Mainstream By: Jaime B. Petenko This past week, a leading operator of global exchanges, clearing houses, data and listing services announced that it has partnered with a…
In this issue: • New Blockchain Solutions Emerge in Banking, Trade Finance and Payment ProcessingMore Blockchain Enterprise Solutions AnnouncedBlockchain Continues Heavy Influence on Capital MarketsUpdate on Cryptocurrency Cybercrimes and Enforcement Actions New Blockchain Solutions Emerge in Banking, Trade Finance and Payment Processing By: Robert A. Musiala Jr. Blockchain continues to disrupt the financial services industry by enabling new products that promise to transform banking and payments. Binance, one of…
On June 22, the Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision addressing privacy in the digital age, holding that the government generally must obtain a search warrant supported by probable cause to search a target’s historical cell site location information (CSLI), which can provide a detailed record of an individual’s whereabouts. In siding with the petitioner, Timothy Carpenter, who was convicted and sentenced to prison based largely on 127 days of CSLI that placed him…