Accepting Payment in Bitcoin: Considerations for Merchants

Michael Best Senior Counsel Cheryl Aaron was published in Lex Mundi’s Blockchain White Paper Series in the article titled, “Accepting Payment in Bitcoin: Considerations for Merchants.” In her whitepaper article, she discusses issues to be aware of if you are a business considering accepting cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, as payment. Cheryl analyzes volatility, tax implications, … Continue reading Accepting Payment in Bitcoin: Considerations for Merchants

Understanding Stablecoins

With stablecoins like Tether and Gemini making news recently, it is worth exploring what the term “stablecoin” means, and how it might impact businesses and consumers in the coming years. For starters, a stablecoin is a type of cryptocurrency that is designed to mitigate the short-term volatility that most cryptocurrencies are known for. Stablecoins are … Continue reading Understanding Stablecoins

What Blockchain Means for the Agriculture and Food Industries

Michael Best attorney Emily Lyons published an article discussing the intersection of blockchain technology and the Agribusiness and Food & Beverage industries. Emily writes: “When most people think of blockchain, they think of its application to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. However, the technology has the potential for much broader uses across a wide swath of industries, particularly including … Continue reading What Blockchain Means for the Agriculture and Food Industries

It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times: A Tale of Two Years in Crypto and Coin Offerings

For anyone invested in cryptocurrencies or considering a capital raise funded through an Initial Coin Offering (ICO), it would be difficult to imagine two more diametrically different years than 2017 and 2018. As 2018 draws to a close, it is worth reflecting for a moment on all that has happened over the past two years. … Continue reading It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times: A Tale of Two Years in Crypto and Coin Offerings

ICOs the New IPO? SEC Enforcement and When an ICO is a “Securities Offering”

Traditionally, a company seeking to raise capital might do so by conducting an initial public offering (IPO), and investors participating in the IPO would obtain an ownership stake in the company. However, with the introduction of cryptocurrencies and digital tokens, new ways of raising capital and entering the public market have emerged over the last … Continue reading ICOs the New IPO? SEC Enforcement and When an ICO is a “Securities Offering”

Cryptocurrencies & Tax Season

Although the cryptocurrency market may be ripe for financial investment, individuals and institutions alike have been waiting for guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as to how this market will be regulated. Fortunately, the IRS recently shed some light on this matter. On November 13, Charles Retigg, Commissioner of the IRS,  spoke at the … Continue reading Cryptocurrencies & Tax Season

Michael Best Leads on Blockchain and Other Emerging Tech

The following analysis was written by Sarah C. Helton, Principal of Michael Best Strategies and Staff Counsel of Michael Best. Michael Best's 2018 Technology + the Law Symposium took place in Raleigh North Carolina at Duke University. Last week, Michael Best hosted our first Technology and Law Symposium in the hub of innovation, Research Triangle. We brought … Continue reading Michael Best Leads on Blockchain and Other Emerging Tech