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SEC Warns Initial Coin Offerings May Be Subject to US Federal Securities Laws
  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • USA
  • August 17 2017

In 2017, over $1.3 billion has been raised by start-ups through Initial Coin Offerings ("ICOs"), a relatively new form of financing technique in which


DAO and the Art of Securities Regulation: SEC Clarifies that Digital Tokens May Be “Securities”
  • K&L Gates
  • USA
  • August 1 2017

The rapid rise of distributed ledger technology and the spate of recent initial coin offerings (“ICOs”) have focused attention on whether, and in what


Funds Talk: August 2017
  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
  • USA
  • August 1 2017

In the most recent example of federal regulatory Streamlining, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced on July 10 that it will


Howey Got Here: SEC Issues Guidance on Token Offerings
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • July 26 2017

The Howey test lives onnow in a lesson in what not to do when it comes to token offerings. Token offerings, also known as “initial token offerings,”


CHOICE Act 2.0 Passes the House: What is the ‘CHOICE’?
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • USA
  • July 20 2017

On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed an amended version of H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, or CHOICE Act 2.0, which scales


Investment Firms Quarterly Legal and Regulatory Update - Period covered: 1 April 2017 - 30 June 2017
  • Dillon Eustace
  • European Union, Ireland, United Kingdom
  • July 11 2017

On 4 April 2017, the European Securities and Markets Association (“ESMA”) published a press release (ESMA35-43-349) announcing that it has added new


Funds Quarterly Legal and Regulatory Update - Period covered: 1 April 2017 - 30 June 2017
  • Dillon Eustace
  • European Union, Ireland, United Kingdom
  • July 10 2017

On 6 April 2017, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") published its updated Q&A on the application of the UCITS Directive


Investment Funds Update Europe, June 2017 - France
  • Dechert LLP
  • France
  • June 28 2017

The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the “AMF”, the French financial markets authority) published two position papers on 2 May 2017 relating to the


The Financial Choice Act
  • Baker McKenzie
  • USA
  • June 27 2017

The House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act (the Choice Act), in an effort to repeal andor replace critical


Financial Services Update, Vol. 12, Issue 19
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • USA
  • May 8 2017

On May 3rd, the SEC proposed amendments to the definitions of “venture capital fund” and “assets under management” under rules 203(l)-1 and 203(m)-1