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Cryptocurrency Issuers & Traders Beware: Enforcement Actions and Private Litigation Emerging Thursday, June 14, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CST. Michael Best Attorneys Evan Strassberg and Steven Joffee are hosting a complimentary live webinar discussing actions regulatory bodies are currently taking, and could be taking in the future, against cryptocurrency issuers and traders.  Additionally, they … Continue reading Join Our Webinar!

House Subcommittees Examine Leveraging Blockchain Technology to Improve Supply Chain Management

On Tuesday, May 8, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee's Oversight and Research and Technology subcommittees held a hearing titled, "Leveraging Blockchain Technology to Improve Supply Chain Management and Combat Counterfeit Goods". Tuesday’s session was largely educational, but is part of a broader effort to lay the foundation for federal policy changes that might … Continue reading House Subcommittees Examine Leveraging Blockchain Technology to Improve Supply Chain Management

Regulator Nodes and the Future of Swap Regulation from #Cryptodad

Last week, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Christopher Giancarlo and CFTC Chief Economist Bruce Tuckman published a white paper  analyzing the state of post-Dodd-Frank swaps regulation, making a number of recommendations for “Swaps Regulation 2.0.”  Giancarlo announced the publication in a fireside chat  at the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) annual conference in … Continue reading Regulator Nodes and the Future of Swap Regulation from #Cryptodad

Can Blockchain Technology Offer Transparency to the Privacy & Security of Our Data?

From Equifax to Facebook, 2017 was the year of the data breach. With five of the ten largest breaches occurring this past year, over 65 percent of the American population had their personal information either stolen, sold, or studied by a third party without their consent. Yet, according to a report presented to the Federal … Continue reading Can Blockchain Technology Offer Transparency to the Privacy & Security of Our Data?

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Yesterday, April 10, Michael Best's blockchain, tax, and securities & capital markets professionals Brad Jacobsen, Jim Kruse, Lyndon Ricks, Tim Schally, Evan Strassberg, and Betsy Voter hosted a complimentary webinar which discussed the securities laws applicable to initial coin ICOs, and covered everything from exempt private offerings to registered public offerings. Additionally, the panel reviewed actions … Continue reading Missed Our Webinar?

So What If My Digital Token is a Security? Personal Liability in Claims made for Rescission Damages

Earlier this year, I posted a blog titled “Whether You Are Raising Capital for Bitcoins or Beavers, Securities Laws Will Apply.”  The most common response we hear is “So What?!” A fair question, no doubt. The brief answer is that failure to comply with applicable state and federal securities laws can result in significant personal … Continue reading So What If My Digital Token is a Security? Personal Liability in Claims made for Rescission Damages

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Initial Coin Offerings – Complying with U.S. Securities Laws & Tax Issues Wednesday, April 10 at 12:00 CST. Michael Best's Blockchain, Digital Currencies & Smart Contracts attorneys will be hosting a complimentary live webinar reviewing the securities laws applicable to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), covering everything from exempt private offerings to registered public offerings, and … Continue reading Join Our Webinar!

Believe the Hype: Distributed Ledger Technologies Are Here to Stay

The irony of going online to read "Why the Internet Will Fail", published by Newsweek in 1995, about the shortcomings of the Internet and why it will inevitably fail should not be lost on anyone. Modern Luddites may say they’re too volatile, or that they’re too risky, or their implementation and startup costs are too … Continue reading Believe the Hype: Distributed Ledger Technologies Are Here to Stay

The DC Blockchain Policy Summit – More Suits, Less Hoodies

Last week, I attended the Chamber of Digital Commerce’s annual Blockchain Summit, held at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Although there are hundreds of blockchain conferences to choose from these days, the Chamber’s summit stood out because of its focus on policy and regulation, and because of the current and former regulators and legislators that … Continue reading The DC Blockchain Policy Summit – More Suits, Less Hoodies

CFTC Proposes “Actual Delivery” Definition with Big Implications for Bitcoin Regulation

Just before the close of 2017, the Commodity Futures Trade Commission (CFTC) proposed a seemingly esoteric new rule, in which the CFTC attempted to define the term “actual delivery” within the context of retail commodity transactions in virtual currency.  Let’s unpack this because while it may seem to be an obscure topic, once final, this … Continue reading CFTC Proposes “Actual Delivery” Definition with Big Implications for Bitcoin Regulation

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