June 12, 2018 - Financings, Fintech

Cashing in on a New Customer Base

In this article, Jake M. Robson and Nick Davies highlight how joint ventures or strategic M&A can often be the most effective way to roll out and scale up a fintech product offering in multiple jurisdictions in southeast Asia. The article was first published in …›

March 19, 2018 - Financings, Regulatory

European E-Commerce Markets: Competition Initiatives for 2018

As part of the EU’s Digital Single Market initiative, the European Commission has been working to identify potential competition concerns affecting European e-commerce markets. The Commission suspects that companies have created artificial barriers to trade which impede the development of the e-commerce industry in …›

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 …›

January 23, 2018 - Blockchain, Financings, Fintech

SEC Staff Raises Concerns Related to Cryptocurrency ETFs and Mutual Funds

On January 18, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management broke its relative silence regarding the recent growth of cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency-related products. While signaling that registration of funds intending to invest substantially in cryptocurrency and related products is …›