Digital currency is an exciting, dynamic and growing technology changing the financial and legal landscapes. To keep pace, corporate counsel must stay abreast of new rules, new regulations, and new applications of blockchain technology. Recognizing this need, Digital Currency + Blockchain Perspectives chronicles industry news, including regulatory developments and other issues affecting our clients and the digital currency industry.

Bitcoin and OFAC

While some regulators are struggling to fit bitcoin’s innovative peg into preexisting holes—is bitcoin a currency or a commodity or something else entirely?—the novelty of digital currencies falls squarely within the regulatory purview of some agencies. One example is the Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, the unit within…

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Exchanges Bring Increased Legitimacy for Bitcoin

After months of doubts regarding the viability of Bitcoin due to concerns on everything from fraud and security to the currency’s volatility, the virtual currency recently got a healthy boost to its legitimacy. Last week, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss announced plans to develop a fully regulated Bitcoin exchange based in…

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California Digital Currency Update

Anyone unhappy with New York’s proposed digital currency regulations, should head West, at least for now. As of January 1, 2015, the use of digital currencies (along with reward cards, virtual tokens, and other forms of payment most people likely never knew were of questionable legality) is legal in California, and…

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