Fintech

  • March 15, 2024

    Feds Say Bankman-Fried Deserves 40 To 50 Years In Prison

    Sam Bankman-Fried should spend 40 to 50 years in prison for engaging in a massive fraud that sank his FTX crypto exchange, Manhattan federal prosecutors argued Friday, pushing back against a request by defense counsel for a sentence of roughly six years.

  • March 14, 2024

    17 Added To SEC's $300M Suit Alleging Crypto Ponzi Scheme

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday expanded its takedown of an alleged $300 million crypto Ponzi scheme with a suit against 17 individuals for their roles in a business that allegedly targeted Latino investors.

  • March 14, 2024

    CFPB To Mull Official 'Standard Setters' In Open Banking Push

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Rohit Chopra outlined plans for his agency to start offering formal accreditation for open banking "standard-setting organizations" as it prepares to finalize a landmark new rule on data-sharing between banks and fintech firms.

  • March 14, 2024

    Artist Can't Exhibit 'MetaBirkins' NFT After TM Trial Loss

    The Los Angeles-based designer behind the "MetaBirkins" non-fungible token is barred from displaying his artwork at a Swedish museum after a federal judge ruled there is a high probability he will use the platform to promote products that a jury previously said infringed trademarks held by luxury French fashion house Hermes International.

  • March 14, 2024

    Bankman-Fried Taps New Firm For SEC, CFTC Defense

    Convicted FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has swapped his Cohen & Gresser LLP counsel for attorneys at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoades LLP in his stayed civil cases.

  • March 14, 2024

    Court Urged To Give Sullivan & Cromwell $31M For FTX Work

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge should give Sullivan & Cromwell LLP about $31 million in fees for its work in FTX Trading Ltd.'s case from August through October 2023, the Chapter 11 fee examiner said.

  • March 13, 2024

    Crypto Exchanger Admits To Unlicensed Money Biz Charge

    A California man on Wednesday copped to a federal charge that he ran an unlicensed money transmitting business, agreeing to forfeit cryptocurrency, cash and precious metals worth over $1.3 million.

  • March 13, 2024

    Treasury Says Crypto Mixer Is 'Corporation In All But Name'

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury told the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday that it was justified in sanctioning crypto mixer Tornado Cash because the crypto project "is a corporation in all but name" rather than ownerless computer code, as its users contend.

  • March 13, 2024

    Robinhood Says Investors Shouldn't Get Discovery Extension

    Trading platform Robinhood has told a Florida federal court that it should not be required to produce documents requested by investors in their "eleventh hour" motion to extend discovery in a suit alleging investors were damaged when Robinhood suspended purchases of so-called meme stocks to avoid a purported liquidity problem.

  • March 13, 2024

    Genesis, Gemini Can't Ax SEC Suit Over Crypto Loan Program

    A New York federal judge refused Wednesday to toss the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's allegations that crypto exchange Gemini Trust Co. and bankrupt crypto lender Genesis Global Capital LLC violated securities laws by running the now-defunct investment program Gemini Earn that sold alleged unregistered securities.

  • March 13, 2024

    CFPB Slams 'Forum-Shopping' Bid To Halt Card Late-Fee Rule

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is urging a Texas federal judge to refuse bank industry groups' request for an emergency injunction over the agency's recently finalized $8 credit card late-fee rule, arguing their case is too flimsy to justify putting the new rule on hold.

  • March 13, 2024

    North American Deal-Makers Bearish On 2024 M&A

    A minority of deal-makers in North America expected increases in mergers and acquisitions activity moving into 2024, though their counterparts in Asia and the EMEA region were significantly more optimistic, a new report from software company SS&C Intralinks shows. 

  • March 12, 2024

    Crypto Bank Anchorage Brings On Ex-SEC Atty As Legal Chief

    Crypto bank Anchorage Digital has hired a former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission senior attorney and Bain Capital regulatory adviser to head its legal operations after the departure of its general counsel, the bank announced early Wednesday.

  • March 12, 2024

    Terraform Can Retain Dentons In Ch. 11, Firm Will Return $48M

    Terraform Labs can hire Dentons US LLP as its special counsel in its Chapter 11 case, a Delaware federal bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday, with the firm agreeing to return $48 million of a $70 million retainer that was hit with objections.

  • March 12, 2024

    Wells Fargo Can Arbitrate Cardholders' Suit, Conduent Can't

    New Mexico residents who claim Wells Fargo mishandled reports of fraud involving their state-issued debit cards will see their proposed class action claims against the bank sent to arbitration — but their claims against a third-party contractor can stay in court, a federal magistrate judge has determined.

  • March 12, 2024

    Binance Investors Must Wait To Depose Ex-CEO, Judge Says

    A Florida federal judge has said that the investors suing crypto exchange Binance over alleged money laundering and securities law violations don't need to rush to depose its former CEO, Changpeng Zhao, now that his criminal sentencing has been delayed.

  • March 12, 2024

    Treasury Sanctions More Iran-Backed Terrorist Operatives

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Tuesday unveiled new sanctions against a handful of individuals with ties to the designated terrorist group Al-Ashtar Brigades, singling out "key Iran-based operatives" as well as a financier for the group.

  • March 12, 2024

    IP Offices Tell Congress Legal Changes Not Needed For NFTs

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office told Congress in a report Tuesday about the intellectual property implications of nonfungible tokens, identifying opportunities and concerns about the technology, while advising against changing IP law or policy as a result.

  • March 12, 2024

    OCC's Hsu Says 'Operational Resilience' Regs May Be Coming

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's acting chief, Michael Hsu, said Tuesday that federal regulators are looking at pursuing new rules to bolster larger banks' ability to withstand and recover from external and internal disruptions to their critical operations.

  • March 12, 2024

    Crypto Mixer Operator Found Guilty Of Money Laundering

    A Washington, D.C., jury on Tuesday found the operator of crypto mixing service Bitcoin Fog guilty of facilitating tens of millions of dollars in transactions linked to illicit activities on darknet marketplaces. 

  • March 12, 2024

    TransUnion Unit Pays $37M On Credit Card Data Misuse Claim

    TransUnion's data unit Argus Information & Advisory Services will pay $37 million to the federal government to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by allegedly misusing anonymized credit card data it obtained from banks under contracts with federal regulators over a decade-long period, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2024

    Paul Weiss' Digital Tech Chair On AI's Promises And Perils

    While generative artificial intelligence promises to increase access to justice and kill the billable hour, we don't know how to prevent it from unleashing misinformation and disinformation on the electorate, says Katherine Forrest, a former Manhattan federal judge who is now chair of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's digital technology group.

  • March 11, 2024

    Forex Firm Wants CFTC Sanctioned For 'Bad Faith' Behavior

    A foreign exchange firm accused by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission of defrauding customers is calling on a New Jersey federal judge to sanction the agency for a "pattern of misconduct" that includes knowingly submitting false statements to the court and attempting to intrude on attorney-client privilege.

  • March 11, 2024

    Coinbase Asks 3rd Circ. To Force SEC To Set Rules For Crypto

    Crypto exchange Coinbase asked the Third Circuit on Monday to force the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to set rules of the road for digital assets in an opening brief that argued the agency failed to provide "a reasoned explanation" for why it denied an earlier request for crypto rulemaking.

  • March 11, 2024

    FDIC's Crypto Caution Has 'Significant Downsides,' Hill Says

    Travis Hill, vice chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., said Monday that the agency's cautious attitude toward cryptocurrency needs more nuance and risks sending the wrong message to banks that they shouldn't even "bother trying" to get involved with anything crypto-related.

Expert Analysis

  • Why CFTC Whistleblowers Are Crucial To Crypto Regulation

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    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's whistleblower program has proven to be a key tool in the U.S.' efforts to police cryptocurrency, but a funding issue shows that it has become a victim of its own success, says Stephen Kohn at Kohn Kohn.

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • Securities Class Actions Show No Signs of Slowing In 2024

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    Plaintiffs asserted securities class actions at elevated levels in 2023 — a sign that filings will remain high in the year ahead — as they switched gears to target companies that allegedly have failed to anticipate supply chain disruptions, persistent inflation, rising interest rates and other macroeconomic headwinds, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • How Corp. Transparency Act Can Unmask Crypto Owners

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    With the federal Corporate Transparency Act in effect as of Jan. 1, litigants may now have a less burdensome path toward determining the identities of owners behind convoluted corporate entities, and, by extension, any digital assets they own that could be subject to a potential judgment, says Brett Sager at Ehrenstein Sager.

  • Major EU AI Banking Ruling Will Reverberate Across Sectors

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    Following the European Court of Justice's recent OQ v. Land Hessen decision that banks' use of AI-driven credit scores to make consumer decisions did not comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, regulators indicated that the ruling would apply broadly, leaving numerous industries that employ AI-powered decisions open to scrutiny, say lawyers at Alston & Bird.

  • CFPB As Pay App Watchdog May Invite More Fintech Regs

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    While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent proposal to enhance federal oversight of the biggest consumer payment applications would impose no new regulatory obligations, the rulemaking could provoke heightened scrutiny for all participants in the digital payments market, say attorneys at Steptoe.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • Bank-Fintech Partnerships Can Thrive Despite A Tough 2023

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    Many banking-as-a-service players experienced regulatory enforcement activities in 2023, including consent orders and more targeted, detailed guidance aimed at bank-fintech partnerships, and while it seems this trend will continue in 2024, savvy banks can use the turmoil of last year as a guide for how to better manage the risks inherent in partnerships, says Justin Steffen at Barack Ferrazzano.

  • A Look At Consumer Reporting In 2023, And What's To Come

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    The legal landscape of consumer reporting is evolving as courts, federal regulators and state legislatures continue to weigh in — and while last year may have seen a slight downtick in the overall volume of Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation, 2024 is set to be a watershed year for this area of the law, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Must Put Officers On Alert

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    Recent government actions against FTX and other crypto companies have put a laser focus on corporate compliance failures, with added pressure on compliance officers — making the need for personal risk assessment particularly acute given today's novel anti-money laundering issues, say Poppy Alexander at Constantine Cannon and Caleb Hayes-Deats at MoloLamken.

  • Cannabis Banking Bill Uncertainty May Actually Be A Blessing

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    The passage of a cannabis banking law is alluring, but little will be lost if the Secure and Fair Enforcement Regulation Banking Act — facing stiff competition from other congressional priorities — gets tabled because the bill ultimately does little to meaningfully propel the industry toward full legalization, says Michael Rosenblum at Thompson Coburn.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: South Africa

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    While South Africa has yet to mandate the reporting of nonfinancial and environmental, social, and corporate governance issues, policy documents and recent legislative developments are likely to have a material impact in the country's transition to a low-carbon economy and in meeting its international obligations, say Glynn Kent at Eversheds Sutherland.

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    Calif. Banking Brief: All The Notable Legal Updates In Q4

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    As 2023 came to an end, we continued to see developments in California that are certain to have an impact on the financial services industry in 2024, including the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation's request for comments on the state's new digital asset law and the state's continued enforcement actions against debt collectors, say Jennifer Olivestone and Juan Azel at Winston & Strawn.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

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    In The CFPB Playbook: Rulemaking Rush Before Election Year

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    In this quarterly Consumer Financial Protection Bureau activity recap by former bureau personnel, attorneys at McGuireWoods explain the regulator's recent push to finalize new rules about data aggregators, digital payment apps and more before the election-year Congressional Review Act window opens.

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