Practical Considerations for Firms with Clients in the Digital Assets Markets

As the popularity of digital assets/distributed ledger technology piques the interests of investors worldwide, firms registered with the SEC, FINRA, CFTC, NFA and the states must be prepared to determine if and how much they are interested in permitting their clients to participate in the volatile digital asset market. If so, as with all other… READ MORE

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Oyster Consulting (Bermuda) Chairman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Brian R. Hall, OBE, received the Fred Reiss Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bermuda Captive Conference last week.  A former director and president of Johnson & Higgins, he is credited with taking the island’s captive insurance industry to global relevance. Hall also served as chair of the Bermuda College and the Insurance Advisory Committee (IAC),… READ MORE

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Digital Assets – Are You Ready?

The securities and futures industries have a long history of creating, distributing, and trading new and innovative products and asset classes. Innovation is not without risk and successful firms have typically introduced disciplined processes to achieve compliance within existing regulations, even when there are gray areas. For broker-dealers, the suitability rule (2111) is the guiding… READ MORE

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Blockchain Technology – Transforming Global Business Activities

For most people the term ‘blockchain’ is synonymous to ‘cryptocurrency,’ largely due to media coverage of the wild value fluctuations of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and block.one’s recent Initial Coin Offering (ICO) of its token, EOS. But they are very distinct, and blockchain technology could be the far more important of the two. Once you understand… READ MORE

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Digital Assets and State Regulatory Challenges

One of the challenges for firms regulated by states is the state’s autonomy to both draft and enforce their own laws It is important to be aware of the regulations in any states where you may be conducting business, including the offer or sale of digital assets. A review of state regulations reveals one common… READ MORE

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Cryptocurrencies and the Regulatory Challenges Around Them

The complexity and global popularity of cryptocurrencies has initiated cooperative efforts between the SEC and CFTC to understand and regulate these products. The agencies have jointly testified before Congress and displayed interest in developing meaningful regulations; both agencies have promised additional working groups to pursue joint regulations. On January 24, 2018, the SEC and CFTC… READ MORE

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Cryptocurrencies Could Change Product Purchasing, Trading and Tracking

Cryptocurrency and the blockchain technology behind many of these “coins” or “tokens” have the potential to completely change the way securities are created, distributed, and traded. They also hold the potential to change how purchases are made and assets are tracked. As with any significant leap that our industry takes, opportunities must be balanced against… READ MORE

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