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24 June 2022

SEC Requests Comment on Regulation of Information Providers Under the U.S. Investment Advisers Act

On June 15, 2022, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) issued a request for comment with respect to whether certain index, model, pricing, and other information providers should be regulated as investment advisers under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. The Commission suggests fresh consideration is needed in light … Read More

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15 March 2022

Executive Order on Ensuring Responsible Innovation in Digital Assets

On March 9, 2022, President Joe Biden signed an executive order (EO) to engage several federal agencies in a comprehensive review of the federal government’s approach to cryptocurrencies and digital assets. The broad scope of the EO outlines a unified, “whole-of government” approach to developing policy for digital assets across … Read More

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01 December 2021

U.S. Banking Agencies Signal Closer Review of Cryptocurrency Activities

On November 23, 2021, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) published Interpretative Letter No. 11791 (the Letter) clarifying the authority of national banks and federal savings associations (Banks) to engage in certain cryptocurrency, distributed ledger, and stablecoin activities. The Letter also addresses the … Read More

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02 November 2021

Institutional Investor’s Introduction to Blockchain and Digital Asset Investing

Article I: Digital Asset Overview and Methods to Gain Exposure to Digital Assets  

Given the growth of markets for cryptocurrencies and other blockchain-based assets, often referred to as “digital assets,” we see growing interest from traditional investment managers in gaining exposure to this emerging asset class. We have seen development … Read More

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01 October 2021

Rohit Chopra Confirmed as CFPB Director; Historically Active Enforcement and Regulatory Regime Begins

On September 30, the U.S. Senate confirmed Commissioner Rohit Chopra of the Federal Trade Commission as the new Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Director Chopra is expected to usher in a regime of dramatically increased enforcement and creative, expansive regulation. Many financial institutions will have questions and … Read More

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30 September 2021

SEC Fines Alternative Data Provider for Securities Fraud

On September 14, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settled an enforcement action against App Annie Inc., an alternative data provider for the mobile app industry, and its former CEO Bertrand Schmitt. The SEC charged App Annie and Schmitt with securities fraud, under Section 10(b) of the Securities … Read More

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27 July 2021

Enhanced Focus on Digital Asset Intermediaries by SEC, Congress, and State Securities Regulators

Given the substantial growth in digital asset investments this year, intermediaries offering trading and lending services are now the target of regulatory and enforcement focus that we expect will continue in the coming months and years. Recent examples of this increased scrutiny of digital asset service providers and intermediaries include… Read More

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25 February 2021

UK FCA Consults on Changes to Strong Consumer Authentication, Dedicated Interfaces, and Guidance on Payment Services

On January 28, 2021, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published Consultation Paper CP21/3, “Changes to the SCA-RTS and to the guidance in ‘Payment Services and Electronic Money – Our Approach’ and the Perimeter Guidance Manual” (Consultation Paper). This follows the FCA’s announcement in its 2020-21 business plan that … Read More

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21 January 2021

A Digital Europe – Digital Health and other Recent EU Data Initiatives

Taking a step into the digital age, the European Commission announced that the 2020s shall become the EU’s Digital Decade.  The EU’s digitalization, including in the area of health, is one of the Commission’s key priorities and covers a wide range of actions and related initiatives.

Building on prior initiatives, … Read More

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