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New York Looks Like it Might Loosen Up on Its Virtual Currency Regulation

On June 25, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) published a “Conditional BitLicense” proposal for reforming its ... Read More

Blockchain in Banking: OCC Seeks Public Comment


For the first time in a dozen years, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is seeking to ... Read More

FinCEN Sends Message to the Virtual Currency Industry: The Travel Rule Applies to You, Too

FinCEN Director Ken Blanco addressed this year’s Consensus Blockchain Conference on May 13, 2020. In a set of prepared remarks, ... Read More

The SEC Sends a Telegram to European Token Offerings: Avoid the U.S.


On March 24, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the U.S. Securities and ... Read More

In or Out? – The CFTC Explains When Virtual Currencies Come Within Its Jurisdiction

On March 24, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued final interpretive guidance (the Guidance) regarding retail commodity transactions involving ... Read More

Orrick Hosts Fireside Chat with SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce

On March 2, Orrick had the pleasure of hosting SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce for a fireside chat discussion at our ... Read More

At Your Service: First-Ever On the Chain Survey Reflects a Steady Rise in Blockchain Awareness, Acceptance and Adoption


The results are in! Responses to Orrick’s first survey of the dedicated followers of On the Chain, our blockchain blog, ... Read More

Power of the Peirce: SEC Commissioner Spends Some of Her Influence on Trying to Help Crypto Network Developers

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce continues to be one of the most vocal persons in leadership positions at federal regulators who ... Read More

They Did It for the Gram: SEC and Telegram File Dueling Expert Reports

The battle in federal court between the SEC and Telegram continues to progress at breakneck speed. The SEC commenced its ... Read More

English High Court Recognizes Cryptoassets to be a Form of Property: Considerations Following AA v Persons Unknown

On January 17, In AA v Persons Unknown [2019] EWHC 2556 (Comm), the Commercial Court held that a cryptoasset such as ... Read More

Cryptocurrency and OFAC: Beware of the Sanctions Risks

A recent federal criminal action shows the depth of the U.S. government’s concern about the use of cryptocurrency (or virtual ... Read More

IRS Hints at Form 8938 Requirements for Reporting Crypto Assets Held at a Foreign Exchange


With the emergence of digital assets, the question has arisen whether digital assets held in “wallets” in foreign exchanges need ... Read More
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