The Blockchain Monitor

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: • U.S. and International Governments Address Smart Ports, Smart Cities, and CryptocurrenciesBlockchain Enterprise Developments in Wine, Journalism, Real Estate and MiningBlockchain Tokens Backed by Real-World Assets Appear to Grow in PopularitySEC Enforcement Actions Announced, New Data on Cryptocurrency Hacks Published U.S. and International Governments Address Smart Ports, Smart Cities, and Cryptocurrencies By: Taylor Thompson According to reports, in an Oct. 3 meeting, representatives of U.S. Customs…
In this issue: • Cryptocurrency Enforcement Actions Continue Across the Globe Multiple Blockchain Announcements for Asset-Backed Tokens, Payments and Exchanges Lawmakers Seek Clarity on ICOs as New Research Is Published Enterprise Developments: Blockchain Interoperability, Supply Chain, Identity and More Cryptocurrency Enforcement Actions Continue Across the Globe By: Panida A. Pollawit  On Friday, Sept. 27, the SEC and CFTC charged 1pool Ltd. aka 1Broker and its CEO with offenses related to its…
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)…
Over the past year, the plaintiffs’ bar and Securities and the Exchange Commission (SEC) have brought class and enforcement action proceedings, respectively, against those involved with the issuance and marketing of initial coin offerings (ICOs), including those located outside the United States. The proceedings involving foreign defendants present the interesting and threshold issue in these litigations of whether personal jurisdiction in U.S. courts exists over these defendants. Until recently it was unclear how courts would…
In this issue: • New York Attorney General Issues Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative ReportMajor Hack of Japanese Exchange, Multiple U.S. Enforcement ActionsBlockchain Capital Markets Solutions Advance, Global Regulations DivergeBlockchain Use Cases for the Environment, Digital Identity and State Initiatives New York Attorney General Issues Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative Report By: Diana J. Stern On Sept. 18, 2018, the New York Attorney General’s Office released its Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative…
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: • U.S. Customs Pilots Blockchain for Supply Chain as Private Sector Pilots Continue The SEC Rejects Bitcoin ETFs; New Exchanges and Services Announced Abroad Governments Worldwide Continue to Invest in Blockchain Projects Enforcement Actions Continue in U.S. and Abroad as Industry Begins to Self-Regulate U.S. Customs Pilots Blockchain for Supply Chain as Private Sector Pilots Continue By: John C. McIlwee On Tuesday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)…