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The G7 Draws a Line in the Sand for Global Stablecoins

Global monetary authorities and financial regulators have responded forcefully to the advent of privately developed global stablecoins. By Todd Beauchamp, David L. Concannon, Stephen P. Wink, Simon Hawkins, Stuart Davis, and Deric Behar A new report highlights the risks of global stablecoins and enumerates the legal, regulatory, and oversight hurdles a global stablecoin must clear … Continue Reading

The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be: New Tax Guidance Issued for Cryptocurrencies

The IRS has published a Revenue Ruling and FAQs clarifying some long-standing virtual currency questions. By Brian C. McManus, Elena Romanova, Stephen P. Wink, Sam (Seung Hyun) Yang, and Deric Behar On October 9, 2019, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued its first guidance on the tax treatment of cryptocurrencies in at least five … Continue Reading

Can Broker-Dealers HODL? SEC and FINRA Say Keep It Noncustodial for Now

The regulators attempt to clarify their position on the possible custody of digital assets by broker-dealers, but questions remain. By Stephen P. Wink, Cameron R. Kates, Shaun Musuka, and Deric Behar The SEC and FINRA recently released a joint staff statement (Joint Statement) addressing the custody of digital asset securities by broker-dealers. For some time, … Continue Reading

Stakeholders Welcome New FinCEN Regulatory Guidance for Convertible Virtual Currency

FinCEN’s guidance clarifies the applicability of the BSA to a variety of virtual currency businesses. By Todd Beauchamp, Charles Weinstein, Loyal T. Horsley, Cameron R. Kates, and Shaun Musuka On May 9, the US Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued interpretive guidance expanding on previously issued guidance and rulings regarding the … Continue Reading

Overcoming Regulatory Hurdles: Introducing an Automated Convertible Note Generator for Token-Based Startups

The online document generator helps startups raise capital with customizable market standard terms and optional digital token provisions. By David L. Concannon, Yvette D. Valdez, Stephen P. Wink, Miles P. Jennings, and Shaun Musuka In collaboration with ConsenSys and OpenLaw, Latham & Watkins recently launched the Automated Convertible Note Generator, a complimentary tool designed to … Continue Reading

US Digital Asset Bills: Will April Legislation Bring May Flowers?

Federal legislators introduce two bills in an attempt to provide the blockchain economy with regulatory certainty. By Stephen P. Wink, Morgan E. Brubaker, Cameron R. Kates, and Shaun Musuka US regulators and federal legislators may be heeding the calls of crypto-enthusiasts for legal clarity regarding the status of digital assets and cryptocurrencies (collectively, Tokens). Two … Continue Reading

Russian Civil Code Recognizes Digital Rights and Smart Contracts

The new legislation may act as a catalyst for a crypto-evolution within Russian law. By Andrew C. Moyle and Elizaveta Bacheyeva On 18 March 2019, the Russian legislator took the first step in introducing the Russian civil law system to the new universe of digital assets. The Russian Civil Code was amended to include concepts … Continue Reading

New SEC Token Guidance: This Is Howey Do It

The SEC provides additional guidance for analyzing whether a digital asset is a security. By Stephen P. Wink, Cameron R. Kates, and Shaun Musuka On April 3, 2019, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (the SEC) released a framework (the Framework) for assessing whether a blockchain-issued token or … Continue Reading

Are You My Regulator? ABA Surveys US Crypto Regulatory Overlap

A new white paper explores jurisdictional conflicts and the regulatory status of digital assets. By Yvette D. Valdez, J. Ashley Weeks, and Jacqueline M. Rugart Members of the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) Derivatives and Futures Law Committee recently published a white paper exploring the US regulatory landscape for digital assets (White Paper), including a 50-state … Continue Reading

The Book of Jargon® – Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Technology Now Available

Mobile and desktop reference tool defines nearly 300 industry terms. We are pleased to announce the launch of The Book of Jargon® – Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Technology, a comprehensive digital glossary of nearly 300 terms developed for the business, academic, and legal community. The easy-to-use reference tool demystifies the often complex legal and regulatory terminology, … Continue Reading

Cryptocurrencies and Prepaid Cards Face Closer AML Regulation in the EU

New EU anti-money laundering measures have been approved by European legislators. By Stuart Davis and Charlotte Collins The European Parliament and Council have finally signed off on the text of the fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (known as MLD5). Overview The new directive is of particular interest to the FinTech sector as, amongst other things, MLD5 … Continue Reading

FCA Statement on Cryptocurrency Derivatives

FCA warns providers of cryptocurrency derivatives of their regulatory obligations. By Andrew Moyle, Stuart Davis and Charlotte Collins The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a statement reminding businesses offering cryptocurrency derivatives of the requirement to be authorised. The FCA explains that, although cryptocurrencies are not themselves regulated in the UK, derivatives that reference … Continue Reading

Europe as a Hub for Initial Coin Offerings?

By James Inness and Stuart Davis Initial coin offerings (ICOs) involve issuers offering virtual coins or tokens that are created and disseminated using blockchain or distributed ledger technology. Virtual coins resemble cash in a number of ways but may also afford holders additional rights, such as the ability to access the platform or software, or … Continue Reading
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