Weekly Focus

  • Congress Circulates Draft Legislations Calling For a “Digital Dollar” Payment System
  • CFTC Issues a Final Interpretive Guidance on Actual Delivery of Digital Assets
  • Digital Dollar Foundation Adds Several Former Government Officials to its Board
  • DHS and Several States Deem Certain Blockchain Managers as Essential
  • CFTC issues an Advisory Warning of Increased Fraudulent Schemes During COVID-19
  • SEC Obtains Injunctive Relief Against Telegram, Telegram Appeals
  • SEC Charges Former State Senator with Fraudulent Digital Asset Offering
  • KIK and SEC Seek Summary Judgement in SEC v. Kik Interactive Inc.
  • IOSCO Issues its Public Report on Global Stablecoin Initiatives

Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of March 27, 2020

Perkins Coie LLP is pleased to bring you this updated Digital Asset SEC Timeline. This update includes the newest edition posted on March 24, 2020 which highlights the Second Circuit Grants Injunctive Relief to the SEC Preventing Telegram Coin Offering (SEC v. Telegram Group Inc.)

The Digital Asset SEC Timeline serves as an interactive compilation of select SEC guidance, enforcement actions, and speeches relating to the application of the federal securities laws to digital assets. Beginning with the release of the DAO Investigative Report in July 2017, the Timeline includes relevant information for analyzing the offering, issuance, and trading of certain digital assets in the context of the federal securities laws.

This Timeline is meant to be a resource for those following SEC actions and guidance related to digital assets and to assist experienced securities counsel in assessing the applicability of the federal securities laws. The Timeline is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you are, or are planning to engage in transactions involving digital assets, you may want to contact experienced securities counsel.

Information in the Timeline is provided “as-is,” and may not reflect the latest guidance from the SEC and/or other federal or state regulatory authorities. The Timeline contains links to third-party websites. Such links are only for the convenience of the reader or user. Use of and access to the Timeline, including the links contained within the Timeline, do not create an attorney-client relationship with Perkins Coie LLP.

 

Weekly Focus:

  • Hawaii Launches Digital Currency Sandbox
  • Coinbase CLO appointed to Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • DHS Critical Infrastructure Memo Includes Blockchain Managers
  • Bank of Russia Reluctant to Legalize Cryptocurrencies
  • Approved Smart Contract Certification for Argentinian Gas Distributor
  • Thai Remittance Platform Uses Ripple
  • Bakkt Launches Partnership with Starbucks
  • Huobi Exchange Implements Liquidation Halt

Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of March 20, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial markets have experienced significant volatility. During the course of this volatility, exchanges have halted trading multiple times after declines in trading trigged circuit breakers. In addition, trading floors are transitioning to electronic trading in efforts to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 on physical trading floors. With the recent turmoil, this post provides a high-level summary of the various types of circuit breakers and what can be expected. Continue Reading Understanding Circuit Breakers, Our New Reality, in the Time of COVID-19

Weekly Focus:

  • Congressman Gosar Introduces Crypto-Currency Act of 2020
  • Morningstar Rates Ethereum-based Digital Representation of Securities for the First Time
  • Verizon Uses Blockchain Technology for Cybersecurity Purposes
  • Figure Technologies Securitizes $150 million of HELOCs on Blockchain

Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of March 13, 2020

On March 9, 2020, FINRA released Regulatory Notice 20-08 (the “Regulatory Notice”) providing guidance and limited relief to its member broker-dealers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the Regulatory Notice requests that broker-dealers evaluate their compliance with FINRA Rule 4370, which requires broker-dealers to create, maintain, and update upon any material change, BCPs (Business Continuity Plans) identifying procedures relating to emergency or significant business disruption. Continue Reading FINRA Issues Notice Regarding Business Continuity Planning During COVID-19 Outbreak

On March 10, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued guidance and a request for assurance to financial institutions engaged in virtual currency business activity in New York. The request requires regulated virtual currency businesses to prepare and submit a plan of preparedness to manage the risk of disruption to services and operations caused by the novel coronavirus known as “COVID-19”. Continue Reading Client Alert: COVID-19 Preparedness Plan Requirements For NY Virtual Currency Businesses

Weekly Focus:

  • ICO Issuer Settles SEC Registration Charges
  • IRS and Cryptocurrency Industry Groups to Meet Amid Agency Enforcement Push
  • Washington Blockchain Work Group Bill Passes State Senate
  • Brazilian Central Bank to Launch Payment System to Compete With Cryptocurrencies
  • Financial Intelligence Units Meet to Discuss Global Issues Surrounding Virtual Assets
  • Bank of Korea to Leverage Blockchain Technology in Bond Market
  • DeFi Project, bZx, Loses $630,000 in Ether in Second “Flash Loan” Exploit in a Week
  • Coinbase Given Principal Status With Visa

Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of February 21, 2020

Weekly Focus

  • U.S. Treasury Foreshadows “Significant New Requirements”
  • Enforcement Actions Brought Against Allegedly Fraudulent Digital Asset Investment Scheme
  • Department of Justice Charges Darknet-Based “Mixer” With Laundering Over $300 Million, Operating an Unlicensed Money Transmitting Business, and Money Transmission Without a License
  • Report Finds Crypto Crime Losses Double to $4.5 Billion in 2019
  • J.P. Morgan Discusses Merger With ConsenSys
  • Aragon Court Launches Precedence Campaign
  • IBM Claims Blockchain Expenditures Yield 15x for Cloud
  • IOSCO Releases Updated Report on Issues, Risks and Regulatory Considerations Relating to Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms
  • German Bank Develops Special-Purpose Euro Stablecoin
  • Blockchain-Based Financial Instruments Utilized in Wake of Coronavirus
  • Fed Reserve Governor Discusses the Digitalization of Payments and Currency

Continue Reading Blockchain Week in Review: Week of February 14, 2020

Perkins Coie LLP is pleased to bring you this Digital Asset SEC Timeline. This Timeline is an interactive compilation of select SEC guidance, enforcement actions, and speeches relating to the application of the federal securities laws to digital assets. Beginning with the release of the DAO Investigative Report in July 2017, the Timeline includes relevant information for analyzing the offering, issuance, and trading of certain digital assets in the context of the federal securities laws.

This Timeline is meant to be a resource for those following SEC actions and guidance related to digital assets and to assist experienced securities counsel in assessing the applicability of the federal securities laws. The Timeline is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you are, or are planning to engage in transactions involving digital assets, you may want to contact experienced securities counsel.

Information in the Timeline is provided “as-is,” and may not reflect the latest guidance from the SEC and/or other federal or state regulatory authorities. The Timeline contains links to third-party websites. Such links are only for the convenience of the reader or user. Use of and access to the Timeline, including the links contained within the Timeline, do not create an attorney-client relationship with Perkins Coie LLP.