To the Moon After All? DOL Targets Cryptocurrency in Retirement Plans

In Compliance Assistance Release No. 2022-01 (the “Release”), the Department of Labor (the “Department”) signaled its intention to scrutinize inclusion of cryptocurrency assets and crypto-derivative products as investments in ERISA-covered retirement plans.  In particular, the Release articulates the Department’s view that offering … Continue reading

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FBI Seizes $4.275 Billion in Stolen Cryptocurrency

By: Charles Gianelloni, Las Vegas Partner and Eddie Curry, Las Vegas Diversity Writing Intern (Curry is not admitted to practice law) On February 8, 2022, two individuals were arrested for conspiracy to launder cryptocurrency stolen during the 2016 hack of … Continue reading

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SEC Forms New ‘FinHub’ Office for Public Engagement in FinTech

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced the launch of a new office called the “Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology” (“FinHub”). The SEC aims to provide resources to effectively handle public engagement relating to FinTech. Previously, several … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Says CFTC Can Regulate Virtual Currencies

On March 6, a Federal District Court in the Eastern District of New York entered a 79-page order that provides the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) the power to pursue virtual currency fraudsters.  Judge Weinstein held that the CFTC has … Continue reading

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Do write a white paper. Don’t write a prospectus.

Initial coin offerings, or ICOs, represent a new funding mechanism for companies building blockchain-based business models. The company’s “white paper” has become the go-to document for evaluating these new blockchain-based business models. Sometimes, the white paper is a deeply technical document. Many … Continue reading

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Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to “The Blockchain Law Blog”, a new blog created by Snell & Wilmer’s Blockchain and Digital Currency practitioners. We’re excited to share our thoughts and insights with you about this rapidly-evolving practice area. Our goal is to provide timely, … Continue reading

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