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Two weeks ago, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced two significant enforcement actions and shut down NetWalker and Emotet, powerful tools that had been used by alleged criminal networks engaging in widespread ransomware extortion schemes.

February 11, 2021
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The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) recently hit the founder and primary operator of both Helix and Coin Ninja with a $60 million civil monetary penalty.

November 5, 2020
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On October 8, 2020, the Attorney General’s Cyber-Digital Task Force (“the Task Force”) issued its Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework (the “Report”), which offers background on virtual assets, enforcement milestones, and plans for increasing scrutiny into the use of cryptocurrency, following the Task Force’s inception in 2018.

October 22, 2020
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A recent decision out of the Southern District of New York emphasizes the importance of considering all obligations under the federal securities laws for any transaction that might involve a “security.”

April 9, 2020
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Last week on November 6, 2019, the SEC Enforcement Division released its annual report on the Commission’s enforcement activities for the fiscal year.

November 13, 2019
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A few weeks ago we wrote about the skepticism Libra, Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency, faced from U.S. regulators. Since then, Libra’s unpopularity has spread across the Atlantic.

September 25, 2019
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A month after announcing its new global digital currency “Libra,” Facebook is finding itself under increased scrutiny with U.S. regulators. Lawmakers and senior government officials are raising…

July 30, 2019
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Law enforcement agencies have warned that digital currencies, like Bitcoin, are easily used by criminals to launder the proceeds of illegal activities. In the past, buying and selling Bitcoin was…

July 24, 2019
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On May 9, 2019, SEC Commissioner Hester M. Peirce delivered a speech via video conference to the Securities Enforcement Forum lamenting the Commission’s failure to develop meaningful regulation in…

May 15, 2019
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On October 19, 2018, the Financial Action Task Force (“FATF”), adopted changes to its global anti-money-laundering (“AML”) standards to address cryptocurrencies. The announcement came right before…

November 5, 2018