Jonathan D. Blattmachr

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In this issue: • Blockchain Transport Applications, Public Sector Initiatives, Protocol and Market Developments • Capital Markets Initiatives Continue as US Congress Issues New Research and Two New Bills • Blockchain Payments Networks Evolve, New Cryptocurrency Exchange Lands in US • SEC Achieves Settlements, FATF Evaluates UK, Regulator Actions in Denmark and New Zealand • Tax Analysis: Securitized Tokens Backed by Real Property or Other Assets Blockchain Transport Applications, Public Sector Initiatives, Protocol and Market…
In this issue: • Blockchain Enterprise Developments in Food Supply Chain, Patient Data, Patents, Mobile Devices and MoreRegulation, Investment and a Bad Week for Bitcoin: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Capital Markets Developments Global Regulatory Consensus Beginning to Take Shape; Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Evolves  Blockchain Enterprise Developments in Food Supply Chain, Patient Data, Patents, Mobile Devices and More By: Simone O. Otenaike An international supermarket conglomerate operating in 17 countries worldwide recently announced…
In this issue: • NY DFS Grants License to Bitcoin ATM Operator, Exchanges Make AnnouncementsCapital Markets Developments in Regulatory Guidance, Value of ICO Offerings and BankingBlockchain Pilots for Voting and Supply Chain, Global Shipping Business Network Challenges TradeLensMultiple Enforcement Actions in US and Abroad Seek to Quell Blockchain Industry CrimesTax Compliance Stakes Raised for Cryptocurrency Issues NY DFS Grants License to Bitcoin ATM Operator, Exchanges Make Announcements…
In this issue: • SEC Launches FinHub, FATF Revises Cryptocurrency GuidanceCapital Markets Developments in Futures, Stablecoins, Custody, ICOsBlockchain Enterprise Developments for Gold, Ports, BaaS and Developers SEC Launches FinHub, FATF Revises Cryptocurrency Guidance By: Taylor Thompson On Oct. 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the creation of the Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub). According to an SEC press release, the FinHub will serve as a centralized…
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 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: • Governments Experiment With Blockchain for Elections, Banking and Visa ApplicationsAdvertising, Entertainment Industries Continue Investment in BlockchainChanging Approaches to Crypto Regulatory Licensing Governments Experiment With Blockchain for Elections, Banking, and Visa Applications By: Panida A. Pollawit Governments around the world are seeking to harness blockchain to improve the delivery of public services. In May, a few dozen deployed military service members and their families used blockchain to cast…
In this issue: • New Waters Charted for Blockchain in Marine InsuranceCyber-hacks Continue to Plague Cryptocurrency Industry • New Enforcement Actions in the U.S. and Abroad New Waters Charted for Blockchain in Marine Insurance By: John C. McIlwee In a first-of-its-kind blockchain-enabled solution for the marine hull insurance industry, Insurwave promises to automate manual processes and alleviate inefficiencies for the world’s largest shipping company, A.P. Møller-Maersk. The platform was created as a joint…
In this issue: • CFTC Issues Guidance on Crypto Derivatives“Operation Cryptosweep” Continues Enforcement Actions Against ICOsCountries Exploring National/State-Backed Cryptocurrencies CFTC Issues Guidance on Crypto Derivatives By: Jonathan D. Blattmachr On May 21, 2018, The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued to exchanges and clearinghouses a staff advisory regarding cryptocurrency derivatives (the Advisory). The CFTC acknowledges that its guidance only “reflects staff’s current thinking based on experience with virtual currency derivatives products to…
In the latest in a seemingly endless stream of U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission) pronouncements on cryptocurrency and blockchain regulation and enforcement, on March 7, 2018, the Commission warned investors about investing in “potentially unlawful” digital tokens that function like securities, and stated that some platforms are assets that may be “securities” under federal securities laws. Further, “[i]f a platform offers trading of digital assets that are securities and operates as an…