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CFTC Attempts To Extend Liability To DAO Participants

In a first of its kind enforcement action, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) is attempting to hold participating members of a decentralized autonomous organization (“DAO”) liable for alleged violations of the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”) and CFTC regulations. The CFTC argued (1) that the DAO is an unincorporated association;…

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U.S. Crypto Regulation: Less Conversation, More Action (International Financial Law Review)

The plethora of public statements and draft legislation published over the past few months in the US as part of the effort to define a regulatory framework for digital assets have all but failed to bring market participants the clarity they need. Just last week, the White House published a…

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‘Our Rules Have To Evolve’: The Crypto Industry Is Trapped In Regulatory Purgatory (Fortune)

Many in the crypto industry have been calling for clear guidance from government regulators, especially as new sectors like DeFi evolve and high-profile companies collapse. Jonathan Shapiro, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner, said that SEC registration creates new challenges for companies and investors, especially because they haven’t been issued explicit guidance. “There’s…

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White House Crypto Framework Should Inform SEC Approach (Law360)

The White House recently published a “Framework for Responsible Development of Digital Assets,” following up on President Joe Biden’s executive order on digital assets earlier this year, which set forth six principal policy objectives in furtherance of U.S. initiatives in the crypto and digital asset space. The framework directs financial…

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Buying A U.K. Crypto Business: The New Regulatory Hurdles

The advance of the regulation of crypto-assets and crypto-related service providers has been piecemeal in the U.K. The latest round of changes took place in the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 (MLR) on 1 September 2022 with some provisions, including the “change in control” provisions, coming into force on 11 August 2022….

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Goodwin Expands Private Investment Funds Practice with Regulatory Partner in London

Goodwin recently appointed Andrew Henderson as regulatory partner to its Private Investment Funds’ practice in London. Dr. Henderson has over 20 years’ experience advising financial institutions, including asset and investment managers, as well as family offices and technology providers on financial services regulation and risk management. He also works closely…

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U.S. Crypto Regulation and the Digital Commodities Consumer Protection Act

Goodwin partner Grant Fondo was recently interviewed on CoinDesk TV in regards to the Digital Commodities Consumer Protection Act that was introduced on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. The proposed legislation suggests that the CFTC should control crypto spot markets, specifically bitcoin and ether, which the bill classifies as commodities. To…

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Is the SEC's Expansion of the "Exchange" and "Dealer" Definitions Part of the Agency's Crypto and DeFi Strategy?

In March 2022, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules that would greatly expand the Exchange Act definition of “dealer” and essentially kill the distinction between dealers and traders long-recognized by the SEC. The likely outcome is that most proprietary trading firms will need to register with the SEC as…

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Germany Introduces New Rules on Crypto Funds

Germany has introduced a new regulation on crypto fund units (Verordnung über Kryptofondsanteile – KryptoFAV), that allows fund managers to issue fund units on an electronic instead of a physical basis. The new rules come less than one year after the Fund Location Act (Fondsstandortgesetz) allowed institutional investors to invest…

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