Daily Archives: March 7, 2018, 2:53 pm

Statement on Potentially Unlawful Online Platforms for Trading Digital Assets — SEC Press Release

Online trading platforms have become a popular way investors can buy and sell digital assets, including coins and tokens offered and sold in so-called Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”).  The platforms often claim to give investors the ability to quickly buy and sell digital assets.  Many of these platforms bring buyers and sellers together in one place and offer investors access…

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DOJ May Rely on FCPA Policy in Resolving Securities and Financial Fraud Cases – Lexology

On March 1, 2018, John Cronan, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”), and Benjamin Singer, Chief of the Securities and Financial Fraud Unit of the DOJ Fraud Section, announced that the DOJ will use the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Corporate Enforcement Policy (the “FCPA Policy”) as nonbinding guidance in non-FCPA…

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Coinbase cryptocurrency index fund – Business Insider

Coinbase, the cryptocurrency trading platform, announced Tuesday the launch of an index fund which will allow investors to put money into a basket of four of the largest cryptocurrencies. The so-called Coinbase Index Fund will give investors access to the digital currencies listed on GDAX, the exchange operated by Coinbase. It will be weighted by market capitalization and will adjust…

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SEC’s OCIE 2018 Areas of Focus

On February 7, 2018 the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced its 2018 National Exam Priorities. The priorities, formulated with input from the Chairman, Commissioners, SEC Staff and fellow regulators, are mostly unchanged from years past (New Year, Similar Priorities: SEC Announces 2017 OCIE Areas of Focus). However, the publication itself is presented in a more formal wrapper…

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Risk Alert: Are bribes lurking on the balance sheet? – The FCPA Blog – The FCPA Blog

When choosing transactions to test as part of anti-bribery assessments, the usual suspects include expense accounts like consulting, marketing, promotions, commissions, or miscellaneous. Other expense accounts are selected based on the nature of the company’s business, risk factors or descriptions of the account. But don’t overlook the balance sheet. While it is true that corrupt payments may eventually flow through the…

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Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are commodities, US judge rules

Virtual currencies like bitcoin can be regulated as commodities by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn ruled that the CFTC had standing to bring a fraud lawsuit against New York resident Patrick McDonnell and his company Coin Drop Markets, allowing the case to go forward. via Cryptocurrencies like…

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