Caution is Key with Cryptocurrency

Michael Best Senior Counsel Cheryl Aaron was featured in an article by Wisconsin Law Journal article titled, "Caution is Key with Cryptocurrency," and explored the big picture issues surrounding digital currencies. “Cryptocurrency is an emerging technology, so the law hasn’t quite caught up with it yet. In the U.S., states have no single set of rules governing … Continue reading Caution is Key with Cryptocurrency

CFTC Warns Investors: Use Caution When Buying Digital Tokens

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

The First Comprehensive Study of ICO Performance Yields Some Surprising—and Some Sobering—Results

In what may be a first of its kind analysis, a team at Boston College recently published a study that analyzed 4003 “executed and planned ICOs” for short and longer term performance. In “Digital Tulips? Returns to Investors in Initial Coin Offerings,” the study authors found “evidence of significant ICO underpricing, with average returns of … Continue reading The First Comprehensive Study of ICO Performance Yields Some Surprising—and Some Sobering—Results

Lost Your Investment In Cryptocurrency? There is a Remedy for That!

Whether you invested in a cryptocurrency venture that was a scam from the start or a failed venture chasing a “sure thing” for your valuable investment dollars, if you lost money investing in cryptocurrencies, digital tokens or other blockchain assets, you may have a solid remedy to seek a return of those lost funds. Offerings … Continue reading Lost Your Investment In Cryptocurrency? There is a Remedy for That!

Regulation of the Unregulated: How Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies show that the Government Can Regulate Anything

Michael Best Attorneys Evan Strassberg and Brad Jacobsen provide an expert analysis, featured in Westlaw Journal's Bank & Lender Liability, explaining how economy of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies work, as well as how government agencies are impacting this market and attempting to regulate these new electronic assets. "Bitcoin was born shrouded in mystery.  Using the alias Satoshi … Continue reading Regulation of the Unregulated: How Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies show that the Government Can Regulate Anything

Taking the “Crypto” Out of Cryptocurrencies

How securities laws and regulations impact this booming business.  Utah Business Magazine features Michael Best Attorneys Brad Jacobsen and Evan Strassberg in the May 2018 edition. Brad and Evan write, "During 2017 it appeared you couldn't lose money investing in Bitcoin, initial coin offerings and other cryptocurrency offerings (collectively ICOs). Not since the Tulip Bubble of … Continue reading Taking the “Crypto” Out of Cryptocurrencies

Tell Your Friends to Buy Their Own Cryptocurrencies – Money Transmitter Issues in Private Sales of Cryptocurrencies for Legal Tender Currencies

Congratulations!  You’ve figured out how to buy Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies from reliable sources.  You are likely more computer savvy than most of your friends and family and are the acknowledged “Cryptocurrency” friend.  You’ve likely made some money and are excited to share what you’ve learned with others.  Your friends and family, however, just don’t … Continue reading Tell Your Friends to Buy Their Own Cryptocurrencies – Money Transmitter Issues in Private Sales of Cryptocurrencies for Legal Tender Currencies