Jonathan D. Blattmachr

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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…