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FinCEN Director Confirms Enforcement Focus on Virtual Currency AML Compliance

As another sign of the times, but arguably quite apt given the subject matter, the Consensus Blockchain Conference convened virtually in 2020, with Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Director Ken Blanco delivering prepared remarks to the conference on May 13, 2020. In those remarks, Blanco confirmed that FinCEN and other federal authorities are focused on … Continue Reading

Proposed Amendment to Japanese Crypto Asset Laws

A bill to amend the Japanese laws regulating cryptocurrency exchange businesses or financial instruments transactions, including the Act on Settlement of Funds (Settlement Act) and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act (FIEA), was submitted to the Diet on March 15, 2019. The bill proposes to call cryptocurrencies “Crypto Assets” (CA) rather than “Virtual Currencies” (VC) … Continue Reading

Regulators Weigh in on Digital Assets, Tokens, Securities, and Derivative Instruments Used in ICOs

The rise of blockchain technology ventures raising money preternaturally through initial coin offerings and token generation events (collectively, ICOs) is a capital formation disruptor, one which has and will continue to spawn considerable futures, fortunes, failures — and frauds. Blockchain-based ICOs have, through 121 offerings closed during January-August 2017, raised over $1.78 billion, with an … Continue Reading

Obiamaka Madubuko to Speak at the American Bar Association’s Section International Law Fall Conference, Miami, FL

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Obiamaka P. Madubuko will participate in the American Bar Association’s Section International Law Conference in Miami, Florida on Oct. 26. Madubuko will moderate the panel titled “How Smart is Your Smart Phone Really? Managing Digital Payment Risk on Mobile Devices.” This panel will explore how to manage digital payment risk on mobile … Continue Reading
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