February 14, 2019 - Blockchain, Financings, Fintech

Tokenization + the SEC – Part 1

Dario de Martino discusses the real possibilities and opportunities around security tokens, from a business standpoint, the legal perspective, and from a retail investor point of view. Topics include: - What are the advantages of tokenizing securities? …›

February 6, 2019 - Blockchain, Fintech

Transforming the U.S. Healthcare Industry with Blockchain Technology

Patients accumulate vast quantities of healthcare data over the course of their lives. Those data are generally housed in centralized servers operated by various unrelated industry participants, including government regulators and payors, insurance carriers, hospitals, doctors, pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies. Unfortunately, those repositories rely on …›

The Journey from Security to Non-Security: SEC Director Comments on Mutability of Token Treatment

Many in the blockchain and cryptocurrency community were in a celebratory mood on June 14, 2018, following a landmark speech given by William Hinman, Director for the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Director Hinman’s remarks addressed, …›

March 19, 2018 - Blockchain, Financings, Fintech

Cryptocurrency Compensation: A Primer on Token-Based Awards

These days more and more companies are using virtual tokens to compensate and incentivize founders, directors, employees, and other service providers. For the most part, these token-based awards emulate traditional equity-based awards, but they differ from those awards in some important ways, particularly when it …›

February 23, 2018 - Blockchain, Financings, Fintech

Understanding the CFTC’s Proposed Interpretation of “Actual Delivery” for Cryptocurrency Retail Commodity Transactions

Subject to certain exceptions, the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) makes it unlawful to enter into a transaction in any commodity with someone who meets the CEA’s definition of a “retail customer.” Nevertheless, many cryptocurrency platforms currently serve retail customers, relying on the CEA’s “actual …›

February 8, 2018 - Blockchain, Fintech, Regulatory

Do You Want to Launch an ICO? Please, Listen to the SEC

The Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Jay Clayton, urged market professionals who in any way participate in initial coin offerings (ICOs) to “act responsibly.” Having once stated that all the ICOs he’s seen have had “a sufficient number of hallmarks of …›