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European Union: ESMA Blockchain Regulation

On June 2, 2016, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a discussion paper seeking feedback from Fintech companies and financial institutions on the possible use of blockchain technology in securities markets, including the potential benefits, challenges and risks involved. The ESMA indicated that the responses will help it…

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CFTC Commissioner advocates minimal regulation of blockchain technology, letting private sector lead

On March 29, 2016, J. Christopher Giancarlo, the Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, spoke at the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation 2016 Blockchain Symposium. His speech encouraged regulators to treat the development of blockchain technology like they treated the internet by adopting a “do no harm”…

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A Fork in the Road

As Bitcoin enters its seventh year of existence, the community that surrounds it is trying to decide how to guide and grow the currency into the future. Currently, the size of a block (which is a bitcoin data file) is 1MB and recently there have been around 100,000 to 200,000…

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Digital Currency to the Rescue: Bitcoins as Solution to Greek Capital Controls

This week Cubits.gr and BTCGreece began a partnership aimed at providing a solution to Greek capital controls. Part of that solution entails supporting voucher payments backed by bitcoin and installing one thousand Bitcoin ATMs throughout the country. Cubits, a UK Registered company founded in 2014, is a Bitcoin platform where…

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Lines Crossed: From Enforcing to Breaking the Law

Last week, former Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”) agent, Carl Force, pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering, obstruction of justice, and extortion while investigating Silk Road’s illicit activities.  Force’s plea follows the guilty plea of Shaun Bridges, former Secret Service agent, who also used his insider role to pilfer hundreds of…

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