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As SEC Subpoenas to Tech Companies in Digital Tokens Market Increase, What Issuers Need to Know Standard

  The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) reportedly has revved up its focus and issued a significant number of subpoenas targeting technology companies in the digital token space, following on earlier pronouncements from the agency that it would expand its focus on ICOs and cryptocurrencies. The subpoena process is one of the primary weapons in the SEC’s enforcement arsenal, and ICO issuers will need to understand what they can expect over the next few weeks.  What is a subpoena? A subpoena is a formal request from the SEC staff for documents or testimony, which can be enforced with a court…

Don’t Get the Munchees! A Lesson from the SEC Standard

The Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”) has made good on its promise to pursue companies that engage in what it views as unregulated offerings of securities by way of initial coin offerings or “ICOs.” Specifically, the Commission recently pursued a company called “Munchee” that created an iPhone application for people to review restaurant meals. To fund the creation of its app, Munchee began an ICO seeking to raise $15 million and, in return, issue its token known as a “MUN.”  The company issued a white paper in connection with its ICO. In that document, Munchee indicated that…

Putting on My Broker Hat About Bitcoin Standard

Everyone is asking about bitcoin. A journalist called and asked to interview me. A magazine called and asked me to write something. A brokerage firm chief risk manager called to ask me my opinion about bitcoin and bitcoin futures. Two weeks ago, a former employer I have not seen in 10 years called me out in Coindesk.com for my bitcoin qualms. At the dinner table my son Robby opened up about owning not just bitcoin, but bitcoin cash, ether and monero. This is a full-fledged mania. As I was driving home last night and thinking about bitcoin (as opposed to…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – November 30, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Australian Banks’ U-Turn on Misconduct Probe Is Bid to Cut Risk By Emily Cadman – Bloomberg Government sets up Royal Commission into alleged failings; Tight deadlines, strict terms may limit potential damage If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That’s the calculation Australia’s biggest banks and the government have made in deciding to cave in to pressure for a public inquiry into alleged misconduct in the financial industry. https://goo.gl/dqg9pn Is China’s Central Bank Losing Its Monetary-Policy Mojo?; The gap between policy and market interest rates is widening, throwing up challenges for the PBOC By Shen Hong – WSJ…

The Industry Discusses Potential Changes to Dodd-Frank Standard

At the 33rd Annual FIA Futures and Options Expo in mid-October, John Lothian News spoke with a variety of industry participants about upcoming milestones and trends in financial markets. This seventh and final video in the series addresses the recent efforts by the CFTC to take commentary from the industry regarding potential changes to Dodd-Frank. In this video, Julie Winkler, chief commercial officer with CME Group, Gary DeWaal, special counsel with Katten Muchin Rosenman, Ben Morof, chief compliance officer for Teza Capital Management and Carl Gilmore, president of Integritas Financial Consulting talk about some potential improvements.

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian New – November 17, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Asia’s Cities Could Save the Planet; New urbanites need greener buildings to live and work in By The Editors – Bloomberg The world’s cities will add 2.5 billion more residents by 2050, more than half of them in Asia. The effect of this great migration on climate change will depend in part on what kind of homes, factories and office buildings they live and work in. https://goo.gl/rDffcJ China’s Central Bank Turns on the Taps, Stemming Slump in Bonds Bloomberg News Authorities may have judged selloff as too quick: StanChart; Sovereign debt yield, benchmark money rate both decline China’s…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – November 16, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories CQG Announces Strategic Leadership Changes to Support CQG China Launch; Rod Giffen Named President, CQG APAC; Ryan Moroney Appointed President, CQG Europe and the Americas CQG CQG has had a focused effort to add China to its global network of data and execution. With the imminent launch of this initiative, the firm announced today that Rod Giffen, President, CQG, has relocated to China and will serve in the newly created position of President, CQG APAC. Ryan Moroney will return to CQG to assume the new role of President, CQG Europe and the Americas. https://goo.gl/5S9bfV Mainland China’s Investors Favor…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – November 15, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Shares Plummet as Investors Lose Faith in Asia’s Top Stock By Jeanny Yu – Bloomberg Semiconductor Manufacturing plunges most since February 2014; Stock had almost doubled since beginning of September Investor confidence in top stock Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. is starting to turn, with the shares plummeting 15 percent in the wake of disappointing earnings. https://goo.gl/doj5Nq One of Asia’s largest banks says bitcoin is ‘a ponzi scheme’; David Gledhill, group chief information officer at DBS, one of Asia’s largest banks, said he believes bitcoin is a ponzi scheme Nyshka Chandran – CNBC One of Asia’s largest banks is…