Sales of Digital Tokens & ICOs – Securities, Litigation, and Tax Concerns Join Michael Best Cryptocurrency and Securities attorneys for a complimentary one-hour live webinar from 12:00 - 1:00 PM CST on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. 2018 was (and 2019 continues to be) a challenging time for parties engaged in sale of digital tokens and … Continue reading Join Our Webinar!
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
Thinking about buying what’s known as a “utility token” or a “consumption coin”? Think twice, says the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). In a customer advisory issued last week, the derivatives regulator urged potential investors to do their due diligence before making a purchase. As we’ve discussed on the Blockchain + the Law blog, digital … Continue reading CFTC Warns Investors: Use Caution When Buying Digital Tokens
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
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
Overview: The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held a hearing pertaining to virtual currencies and oversight of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on February 6, 2018. The hearing shed some light on the potential future path for U.S. regulation of cryptocurrencies and highlighted many issues that crypto … Continue reading Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Hearing: Virtual Currencies, SEC and CFTC Oversight
We know that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) considers virtual currencies, including bitcoin, to be commodities, meaning that they are subject to the CFTC’s oversight. And we know, based on recent statements and enforcement actions, that the CFTC is, in fact, paying close scrutiny to cryptocurrency transactions and the exchanges on which they are … Continue reading CFTC Draws Jurisdictional Boundaries on Bitcoin