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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

Greenberg Traurig’s Gil Rudolph and Lori S. Nugent Participate at CCFL’s Annual Consumer Financial Services Conference

Gil Rudolph, co-chair of the Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice, and Lori S. Nugent, shareholder, will participate in the Conference on Consumer Finance Law Annual Consumer Financial Services Conference in Ft. Worth, TX, Nov. 2-3rd. Rudolph will moderate the panel session titled “CFPB Developments” on Thursday, Nov. 2. Nugent will speak in a panel session … Continue Reading

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Considers Blockchain Technology

On Oct. 12, 2017, the Investor Advisory Committee of the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (the SEC) hosted a panel discussion on blockchain technology. The session represented another instance of the SEC’s ongoing consideration of the impact of blockchain technology on U.S. securities markets and investors. Different perspectives on blockchain technology and its application to U.S. … 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

Greenberg Traurig’s Carl Fornaris and William Mack Participate at FMA’s Legal and Legislative Issues Conference

Shareholders Carl A. Fornaris and William B. Mack of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP will be participating at the Financial Markets Association’s 2017 Treasury and Capital Markets Legal and Legislative Issues Conference, Oct. 25 – Oct. 26. Mack is also a member of the conference’s 2017 Program Planning Committee. Fornaris will be moderating, “Recent … Continue Reading

Nanette Aguirre to Speak at the Meeting of the Americas 2017 Conference

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Nanette Aguirre will participate in The Florida Alternative Investment Association (FLAIA) Meeting of the Americas 2017 Conference on Thursday, Oct. 19, in Miami, Florida. The conference will bring together investors, allocators, and fund managers from the United States, Latin America, and Canada to discuss opportunities, debate the substantive issues surrounding the current … Continue Reading

Details on the CFTC’s New Self-Reporting Policy

On Sept. 25, 2017, the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement and the Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance at New York University School of Law hosted a policy speech by James McDonald, Director of the Division of Enforcement, United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Mr. McDonald presented the CFTC’s new self-reporting and cooperation … Continue Reading

Fred Karlinsky, Rich Fidei, and Jamey Zellner Co-Author Cybersecurity Update in Reactions Magazine

Fred Karlinsky, shareholder and co-chair, Insurance Regulatory and Transactions Practice; Rich Fidei, shareholder; and Jamey Zellner, practice group attorney, have co-authored an cybersecurity update article in Reactions magazine. Cybersecurity has emerged over the past several years as one of, if not the greatest threat to the insurance industry, with multiple high-profile data breaches of insurance … Continue Reading

New Bill Introduced in the U.S. Senate to Require the Disclosure of Ultimate Beneficial Owners of Corporations and LLCs Formed or Registered in the United States

On August 2, 2017, United States Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) jointly introduced Senate Bill 1717, entitled the “Corporate Transparency Act of 2017” (the “Act”).  The Act was referred to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.  The Act would amend Title 31 of the United States Code, to … Continue Reading

August 2017 Cybersecurity & Risk Alert from SEC

On August 7, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued its third National Exam Program Risk Alert of the 2017 calendar year, detailing OCIE’s findings and observations from its Cybersecurity 2 Initiative. This Cybersecurity 2 Initiative, the name for OCIE’s second round of cybersecurity examinations, builds on OCIE’s prior 2015 Cybersecurity … Continue Reading

John Kaufmann Authors ‘Caveat Re-Emptor’

John Kaufmann, Of Counsel at Greenberg Traurig, has authored an article titled “Caveat Re-Emptor” for Volume 15, Issue 1 of CCH’s Journal of Taxation of Financial Products. The article examines the treatment of both “capital markets repos” (i.e., sale-repurchase transactions entered into with respect to liquid property, using standard documentation) and what he refers to as … Continue Reading

SEC and FINRA Continue to Root Out Bad Brokers

On Thursday, July 27, regulators and industry professionals gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss the current regulatory environment, cybersecurity, and other hot topics at the SEC and FINRA’s 2017 National Compliance Outreach Program for Broker-Dealers. The panelists, including SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar, FINRA President and CEO Robert Cook, and Susan Axelrod, the Executive Vice President of … Continue Reading

Final Florida Insurance Legislative Report Following Final Actions by Governor

Florida Governor Rick Scott has acted on all legislation approved during the 2017 Regular Session and Special Session A. As such, we have updated our final report on insurance issues. This report provides an outline of all insurance issues that were approved and those that did not pass this year. Please note that many of … Continue Reading

SCOTUS to Resolve Circuit Split Over Dodd-Frank Whistleblowers

On Monday, June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review whether the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA) prohibits retaliation against internal whistleblowers or only covers individuals who report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). This question has divided practitioners and lower courts alike since Dodd-Frank’s passage in 2010. As reported in our … Continue Reading

U.S. House Financial Services Committee Hearing on Flood Insurance Reform and Passes Legislation

On June 7, 2017, the U.S. House Financial Services Committee held a hearing entitled “Flood Insurance Reform: A Taxpayer’s Perspective.” The hearing examined the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and six legislative concepts to reform the program. Witnesses discussed how the reforms would strengthen taxpayer protections; provide greater private market access, competition, and consumer choice; … Continue Reading

Resolving the FDCPA Circuit Split: Purchasers, Participles, and Policy

On June 12, 2017, the United States Supreme Court held that purchasers of debts originated by another are not “debt collectors” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., No. 16–349, 2017 WL 2507342 (U.S. June 12, 2017). Justice Gorsuch, in his first opinion, writes the Court found it … Continue Reading

GT’s Carl Fornaris Moderates Panel at IAGA, Featured in Gambling Compliance

The International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) held its 36th annual International Gaming Summit May 30-June 1, 2017. The IAGA Summit brings leaders from all global gaming sectors together, providing a unique opportunity to discuss recent and significant issues and challenges facing the gaming industry. At the Summit, Greenberg Traurig’s Carl A. Fornaris, co-chair of … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig to Participate in a Panel Discussion on the Alternatives Investment Industry & President Trump’s Administration

Greenberg Traurig Shareholders Nanette Aguirre and Alan Slomowitz will be participating in a panel discussion that is co-hosted by GT, The New York Family Office, and the Private Funds Roundtable on May 24 in GT’s New York Office. The discussion will focus on the Alternatives Investment Industry and President Trump’s administration. Insights will be provided … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig to Host Atlanta-Israel Fintech Innovation Conference

Carl A. Fornaris, co-chair of the Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice, will participate in the GT-hosted second annual Atlanta-Israel FinTech Innovation Conference, which connects leading Israeli companies in the financial technology sector with Georgia-based corporate partners. The conference will be held May 22 – 23, and will provide networking and new business opportunities for participants. … Continue Reading

Nanette Aguirre and Joseph Suh to Participate in a Panel Discussion on Investing in Brazil

Greenberg Traurig Shareholders Nanette Aguirre and Joseph Suh will be participating in a panel discussion that is co-hosted by GT, DXA Investments, DMS Governance, and Trident Trust on May 23 in the GT Miami Office. The discussion will focus on high growth opportunities in investing in small companies in Brazil, despite a recession. The discussion … Continue Reading

Corporate Governance in Insurance: Key Regulatory Considerations

Corporate governance in insurance continues to be a growing focus among state regulators. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (the NAIC) adopted the Corporate Governance Annual Disclosure (CGAD) Model Act and Model Regulation in 2014, which set forth requirements insurers will need to implement and disclose. Currently, 14 states (California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, … Continue Reading

Nanette Aguirre to Moderate the Minorities in Restructuring and Alternative Investments (MRAI) Networking Event

Nanette Aguirre, Financial Regulatory and Compliance shareholder and MRAI executive committee member, will participate as a moderator at the Minorities in Restructuring and Alternative Investments (MRAI) Forum which will take place on May 11 at The National at the Benjamin Hotel in New York City. The discussion will highlight the growing number of minorities in … Continue Reading

Arthur Don to Speak at ACA’s Spring 2017 Compliance Conference in Florida

Arthur Don, co-chair of the Investment Regulation Group, will participate in the ACA Spring 2017 Compliance Conference, Thursday, May 4, in Florida. Arthur will speak on the panel, “Business Continuity: What Should Advisors be doing Now?” which will focus on mergers and acquisitions of advisory firms, incapacitation of a key man, and winding down.  The … Continue Reading
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