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US Congress Inches Forward on Laws for Cryptocurrencies

House bills with bipartisan support would direct regulators to examine new ways to oversee digital assets and protect them from manipulation, as some lawmakers strive to make financial technologies more

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CFTC, Legislation, US

SEC’s Supposed Setback on Token Issue Now Reversed

In November 2018, a U.S. District Court declined to accept the SEC’s argument that an ICO token was a “security.”  There are those who saw this as a setback for

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ICO, SEC, US

A Series Of 1st-Time Crypto Actions For The SEC

On December 17 we published an article in Law360 describing the SEC’s busy November in which it secured three “firsts” in its crackdown on unlawful digital activity: (1) its first

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Enforcement, ICO, SEC, US

LabCFTC Releases Primer on Smart Contracts

LabCFTC, the FinTech engagement arm of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), this week released a primer on smart contracts that provides examples of contract logic, describes a decentralized blockchain,

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CFTC, Cryptocurrency, Enforcement, US

SEC Takes First Step in Cracking Down on Digital Token Trading Platforms

On November 8, the SEC settled charges against Zachary Coburn, the founder of EtherDelta, a digital token trading platform.  This

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Cryptocurrency, Enforcement, Exchanges, SEC, US

Report Shows Underbelly of Cryptocurrency Money Laundering

On October 10, CipherTrace – a developer of cryptocurrency AML, bitcoin forensics, and blockchain threat solutions – released its Cryptocurrency

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AML, Cryptocurrency, Money Laundering, US

New York Court Rules Criminal Case Involving Violations of Securities Fraud Can Go Ahead

On Tuesday, September 11, a New York Federal Judge rejected a defendant’s argument that he cannot be prosecuted because the

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Cryptocurrency, Enforcement, ICO, US

FINRA Charges Broker for Securities Fraud and Unlawful Distribution of an Unregistered Cryptocurrency Security

On Tuesday, September 11, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) took its first disciplinary action against an industry professional, charging

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Enforcement, FINRA, Securities, US

SEC Rejects Nine Applications to List Exchange-Trade Funds

On August 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued three separate orders rejecting multiple applications which would have allowed

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Exchanges, SEC, US

International Body Sets Out Framework For Monitoring Crypto-Asset Markets

On July 16 the Financial Stability Board (“FSB”) published a report establishing a framework to monitor-crypto-asset markets.  The report sets

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Cryptocurrency, International

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