Carol Van Cleef

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Blockchain technology has made the agenda for the October 12, 2017 meeting of the SEC’s Investment Advisory Committee, the SEC announced on September 22, 2017. The Committee will be hosting a two-hour panel discussion among industry insiders concerning “Blockchain and Other Distributed Ledger Technology and Implications for Securities Markets.” Although a more detailed agenda has not been made available, the focus of the panel discussion appears to be on the use of blockchain and DLT…
Virtual currencies are attracting unprecedented worldwide attention from not only businesses and investors but also U.S. policymakers. The increasingly intense interest in virtual currencies is fueled by all-time highs in the price of bitcoin and other virtual currencies, excitement generated by the flood of POCs (proofs of concept) using the underlying technology, the frenzy of fundraising stoked by initial coin offerings (ICOs), and the additional demand created by unfortunate ransomware attacks. At the recent Consensus 2017…
On Jan. 10, 2017, a bipartisan group of five Republican and five Democratic senators announced their support for the Countering Russian Hostilities Act of 2017. Lindsey Graham, one of the senators who announced the proposed legislation, told The Wall Street Journal that he is confident the bill will get overwhelming support.[1] One reporter agreed, stating the bill “has a good chance of being passed in the Senate.”[2] Title I of the Countering Russian Hostilities…
Coinbase, one of the largest digital currency exchange companies in the world, will likely be asked to provide the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with transactional data and other information on all U.S. customers who used its services over a three-year period. Using what is known as a “John Doe” summons, the IRS has formally requested permission from a federal court to seek extensive information on all “United States persons who, at any time during…