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Two New White Papers Exploring Use Cases and Legal Issues of Distributed Ledger Technology-Based Smart Contracts and Self-Sovereign Identity Systems

We are pleased to release two in-depth white papers discussing cutting-edge legal and technology issues applicable to smart contracts and self-sovereign identity systems. In the smart contracts white paper, Dax Hansen, Partner and Chair of the Blockchain and Digital Currency Industry Group, and Carla Reyes, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Stetson University College of … Continue Reading

New Whitepaper Published: Treatment of Bitcoin Under U.S. Property Law

In this recently published Perkins Coie whitepaper, the authors analyze the treatment of bitcoin under applicable U.S. property law.  The authors conclude that property interests should exist in bitcoin under such law, and that multiple sources of persuasive authority provide additional support for that conclusion. The paper is divided into 5 parts: Treatment of bitcoin … Continue Reading

Dax Hansen and Joe Cutler to Speak at Coala African Blockchain Workshop Nairobi, Kenya

Through our longstanding relationship with COALA, we are proud to announce that Dax Hansen and Joe Cutler will be participating and presenting at the African Blockchain Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya December 15-16, 2016. The Blockchain Workshops investigate the upcoming challenges and opportunities provided by blockchain technologies, and their impact on the current social, economic and … Continue Reading

SEC Hosts First Ever FinTech Forum

On November 14, 2016, the SEC convened four panels of individuals at the forefront of the FinTech industry to address the rapid growth of recent innovations in FinTech. Panelists addressed how these innovations impact four main areas: investment advisory services; trading, settlement, and clearance activities; capital formation; and investor protection. The over-arching theme of the … Continue Reading

Blockchain Week in Review – January 15, 2016

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of publicly-reported news that may be of particular interest. U.S. Developments South Carolina Legislature Proposes Bill to Enact … Continue Reading

Download our CoinLaw app, the first-ever legal virtual currency app! Now available on Android.

Links:   Apple store                  Android – Google Play Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that our CoinLaw app is now available on Android. The app was launched on IOS last fall and is now available on the Android platform to reach a broader audience. In an easy-to-read, portable, dynamic format, the new CoinLaw app provides users … Continue Reading

Blockchain Week in Review – March 27, 2015

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of publicly-reported news that may be of particular interest. International Developments UK. A section of The Digital Disruption: … Continue Reading

Conference of State Bank Supervisors Releases Policy Statement and Draft Model Regulatory Framework for Virtual Currency

Yesterday, December 16, 2014, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (“CSBS”) released a Policy Statement on state virtual currency regulation, and a Draft Model Regulatory Framework (“Draft Framework”) to support its policy and to promote consistent regulation of virtual currency activities.  The Draft Framework lists numerous recommendations for state financial regulatory regimes applying to virtual … Continue Reading

Highlights from CFTC’s Global Markets Advisory Committee Discussion on Bitcoin

Perkins Coie Partner Todd Zerega posted an article of interest on the Derivatives & Repo Report regarding the CFTC’s Global Markets Advisory Committee’s meeting focused on the clearing of Non-Deliverable FX Forwards and also with respect to bitcoin.   The post covers a few highlights from the discussion.  Read the full post.… Continue Reading

Palo Alto – startupPerColator Series: Blockchain 2.0

Bitcoin and other decentralized virtual currencies continue to receive widespread attention as they quickly become a major force in online payments. Increasingly, interest is also growing in Blockchain 2.0 applications. Blockchain 2.0 relates to the non-currency use cases of the bitcoin blockchain as a distributed ledger for tracking ownership of various other assets. Perkins Coie’s Decentralized Virtual … Continue Reading

Swap Execution Facility to Trade Bitcoin Swaps

Perkins Coie partners Todd Zerega and Andrew Cross have posted an article of interest on the Derivatives & Repo Report regarding TeraExchange, LLC (TeraExchange), a swap execution facility (“SEF”) registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), announcing that it will begin trading a non-deliverable forward based upon the U.S. Dollar price of bitcoin (“Bitcoin … Continue Reading

Presentation Available: Drastic Changes to Industry with Proposed New York Bitcoin Regulation

On Thursday, July 24, 2014 Perkins Coie hosted a seminar addressing recently-proposed regulations for virtual currency companies proposed by the New York Department of Financial Services and how these proposed regulations might impact not only companies operating in New York but also companies dealing with New York-based customers and business partners.… Continue Reading

Drastic Changes to Industry with Proposed New York Bitcoin Regulation

Please join us for a webinar addressing recently-proposed regulations for virtual currency companies proposed by the New York Department of Financial Services and how these proposed regulations might impact not only companies operating in New York but also companies dealing with New York-based customers and business partners.… Continue Reading

Silk Road’s Ulbrecht Fails in Dismissal Bid, Court Strengthens Federal Bitcoin Enforcement

In another installment of the continuing saga surrounding the shuttering of the Silk Road online marketplace and arrest of its alleged creator and operator, Ross William Ulbricht, a Southern District of New York judge denied Ulbricht’s motion to dismiss the four-count indictment against him.… Continue Reading

Tracking International Virtual Currency Developments

It seems like almost every day now, executive, legislative, and central banking officials and entities in countries around the world are regulating, restricting, or allowing (either expressly or implicitly) the use of virtual currencies, the operation of virtual currency businesses and exchanges, and the intersection of virtual currencies and more traditional financial institutions. Tracking these … Continue Reading

Perkins Coie’s Decentralized Virtual Currencies Resources

Perkins Coie’s Decentralized Virtual Currencies group collects valuable industry and legal resources and makes them available to you at our Decentralized Virtual Currencies page on PerkinsCoie.com. The page includes links to select articles and white papers written by our attorneys on the latest developments in Decentralized Virtual Currencies law.   You will also find presentations given by our … Continue Reading
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