Cryptocurrency & Blockchain
Long recognized for its work guiding clients in various industries through their most significant regulatory and enforcement challenges, Paul, Weiss is at the forefront in helping financial institutions, fintech companies, investors, media and entertainment clients and technology companies navigate the new world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Our multi-disciplinary team helps clients capitalize on the business opportunities, identify the challenges and mitigate the emerging legal risks of digital assets.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced $100 million in civil penalties against BitMEX, a convertible virtual currency derivatives exchange, for violations of the Currency Exchange Act and the Bank Secrecy Act. This was FinCEN’s first enforcement action against a futures commission merchant.
Chair Gensler Reaffirms Focus on Crypto Enforcement; SEC Brings Actions Against a DeFi Lender and a Crypto Exchange for Offering Unregistered Securities
SEC Chair Gary Gensler recently reaffirmed the agency’s heightened focus on cryptocurrency. The SEC also announced two enforcement resolutions.
FinCEN Proposes New Requirements for Reporting and Recordkeeping on Certain Transactions Involving Convertible Virtual Currency and Digital Asset Transactions
The proposed rulemaking would extend Bank Secrecy Act reporting and recordkeeping requirements on financial institutions for certain transactions involving convertible virtual currency or legal tender digital assets.
The OCC Issues Guidance Confirming that National Banks and Federal Savings Associations May Hold Reserves for Certain Stablecoins
U.S. banks and federal savings associations may accept deposits that serve as reserves for stablecoin backed on a 1:1 basis by a single fiat currency in a hosted wallet.
VinDAX Is the Seventh Cryptocurrency Exchange Hacked This Year: What Should Investors Be Considering?
On November 5, 2019, Vietnam-based cryptocurrency exchange VinDAX was hacked, losing half a million U.S. dollars’ worth of funds spread across 23 different cryptocurrencies.
Federal Agencies Issue Joint Statement on AML/CFT Obligations, and IRS Updates Guidance, for Digital Assets
The CFTC, the SEC and FinCen recently issued a joint statement reminding those engaged in activities involving digital assets of their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist funding obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act.
The recent growth of “cryptocurrencies” and “blockchain” technology have led to experimentation across many industries, including finance, media, and healthcare. In this paper, we discuss cryptocurrencies, including how they operate in conjunction with the blockchain, and how Bitcoin, the first major cryptocurrency, compares to traditional, fiat currencies.
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In this paper, we focus on the distributed ledger technology known as the “blockchain,” which many believe is a potentially groundbreaking technology with a multitude of applications outside of cryptocurrencies. We also discuss Ethereum, the most prominent platform for building blockchain-based applications.
The exponential growth of Bitcoin and other digital assets and the application of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies across many industries is transforming the digital economy—and prompting new global legal and regulatory scrutiny and potential liability.
Our highly regarded, multi-disciplinary team includes lawyers with backgrounds in securities, broker-dealer regulation, commodities regulation, transactional intellectual property and technology, tax, company and fund formation, financing, token fundraising and alternative securities offering options. It also includes members of our preeminent securities litigation, regulatory enforcement, economic sanctions and anti-money laundering, and cybersecurity-focused practices.