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June 6, 2019 - Asia, Mergers + Acquisitions

Japan Is Tightening Regulations Applicable to Foreign Direct Investment in the Information and Communications Technology Sector

On May 27, 2019, the Japanese government published amended rules that aim to tighten the regulatory requirements applicable to foreign direct investment (tai nai chokusetsu toshi or FDI) under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act of Japan (gaitame ho, or the “Act”). …›

June 4, 2019 - Blockchain, Financings, Fintech

Nevada Resident Sentenced for Fraud and Unlicensed Money Transmission in Case Involving Bitcoin

A Nevada resident, Morgan Rockcoons, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California to 21 months in prison for wire fraud and unlicensed money transmission. In connection with the sentencing, Rockcoons will also be required to forfeit $80,600 in …›

June 3, 2019 - Privacy + Data Security

CCPA: One Step Closer to Excluding Employee Data

California is now one step closer to excluding information relating to employees from the scope of the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). On May 29, 2019, the California Assembly passed Assembly Bill 25 (“AB 25”), which would narrow the CCPA’s definition of “consumer” to …›

Commerce Issues Narrow License for Certain Transactions with Huawei

The Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has issued a 90-day temporary general license exempting a set of transactions from the Entity List designation of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (“Huawei”) and its affiliates worldwide, which was effective May 16, 2019. The …›

May 21, 2019 - Asia, Financings, Fintech

Where Disruption Meets Regulation

A wide range of businesses in Southeast Asia from traditional retailers and financial institutions to start-ups are harnessing new technologies and entering into new commercial partnerships to offer financial products and services regionally. MoFo’s Jake Robson, Gordon Milner and Nicholas Davies discuss how companies can …›

Chinese Telecom Companies Under Fire: Commerce Moves to Cut Off Huawei From U.S. Technology, With More Restrictions Coming

The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has added Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (Huawei) and its affiliates to the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) “Entity List,” a move that effectively cuts off Huawei from directly or indirectly acquiring U.S.-origin hardware, software, and technology. These new …›

May 16, 2019 - Blockchain, Fintech

Understanding Blockchain - What is the Difference Between Public, Permissioned and Private Blockchains?

In this episode of “Understanding Blockchain,” Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Gault-Brown and Dario de Martino discuss the differences between each blockchain structure. Susan and Dario cover public, private, and permissioned blockchains and how the objectives of a given project might determine which structure is …›