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  • Blockchain Week in Review: Week of July 24, 2020

    Weekly Focus The OCC clarifies that banks can provide crypto custody services. The FDIC seeks comments on developing a certification process for new technologies to be used by banks. The UK looks at restricting crypto promotions. A group of crypto exchanges is working together to comply with FATF travel rule standards. US Developments OCC Issues...

  • UK COVID-19 Business Interruption Disputes Process May Offer Guidance to US Policyholders

    The insurance industry in the United States continues to thwart legislative solutions for disputed COVID-19-related losses under property/business interruption policies and resists efforts to group lawsuits together into multi-district federal litigation or class actions. Meanwhile, the independent regulator of insurers in the United Kingdom, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is trying to...

  • Fintech Week in Review: Week of March 13, 2020

    Weekly Fintech Focus The FFIEC updates its guidance on pandemic planning in response to COVID-19, and many other financial regulators issue similar guidance. The California DBO issues a proposed rule to clarify its broad agent of the payee exemption. The UK launches a consultation on auditing AI systems for compliance and fairness. FFIEC Updates Guidance...

  • U.S. and UK Regulators Make Joint Commitment to Combat “Manufactured Credit Events” in CDS Market

    On Monday, June 24, 2019, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo, and U.K. Financial Conduct Authority Chief Executive Andrew Bailey issued a joint statement (“Joint Statement”) regarding collaboration to monitor the credit derivatives markets.  The Joint Statement states, in part, that:...

  • Fintech in Review, February 19th – March 16th, 2018

    Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past weeks. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of publicly-reported news that may be of particular interest. U.S. Developments U.S. CFTC and UK’s FCA Agree to...

  • Bitcoin Weekly Updates

    For coverage of this week’s regulatory news, be sure to visit Bitcoin Week in Review. This week’s update discusses the Financial Action Task Force’s latest publication on the risks of virtual currencies, the amendments to California’s proposed digital currency bill, as well as the newsworthy virtual currency stories from the UK and Brazil.

  • Blockchain Week in Review – March 27, 2015

    Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of publicly-reported news that may be of particular interest. International Developments UK. A section of The Digital Disruption:...

  • UK Continues to Ramp Up Enforcement Under Bribery Act

    While the primary domestic anti-bribery statute, the FCPA, has been on the books for nearly four decades, the UK’s principal anti-bribery law, the UK Bribery Act, is merely an infant, having become effective in July 2011.  Recently, however, the UK Bribery Act took a step toward maturity as the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”), the...

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