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Cannabis Rethink Sparks Private Equity Interest – Latham & Watkins

Cannabis Rethink Sparks Private Equity Interest - Latham & Watkins 1

LawFuel Briefing Add Yours The once shunned cannabis sector now offers attractive PE opportunities in many jurisdictions. By Stuart Alford QC, Tom D. Evans, Eveline Van Keymeulen, Elizabeth Richards, David J. Walker, and Catherine Campbell In years gone by, the prospect of significant PE investment in the cannabis industry would have been unthinkable for many. However, regulatory and legal developments have created opportunities …

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Are Financial Goals The Only Ones To Be Pursued By Institutional Investors?

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Freshfields – Institutional investors such as pension funds and insurance companies – and the managers who invest on their behalf – control trillions of dollars of assets. Using that money to generate financial returns is critical to support people in their retirement, cover the cost of policy payouts and drive growth for shareholders. In the …

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Key Points From the US Justice Department’s Report on Cyber Threats & The Cryptocurrency Industry

Key Points From the US Justice Department's Report on Cyber Threats & The Cryptocurrency Industry 3

Cozen O’Connor – On October 8, 2020, Attorney General William Barr announced the release of a Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework produced by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Cyber-Digital Task Force. The 83-page framework is intended to help cryptocurrency entrepreneurs understand and comply with U.S. legal obligations. The framework outlines the DOJ’s strategies for addressing emerging cyber threats associated …

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Slaughter & May: Shareholder Group Litigation On the Rise – But Why?

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Litigation by shareholders against listed companies appears to be on the rise, with claims against Tesco and Lloyds Bank making the headlines recently. This briefing explores the factors that are contributing to the rise of claims by shareholders against listed companies, why they are likely to increase, and what companies can do to protect themselves. …

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Data Privacy Experts & Legal Firms Collaborate to Produce Guide to Compatibility of Blockchain with GDPR

Data Privacy Experts & Legal Firms Collaborate to Produce Guide to Compatibility of Blockchain with GDPR 5

Slaugher & May – A team of our data privacy experts have collaborated with leading Wall Street firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore to produce a highly topical guide to the compatibility of blockchain solutions with the GDPR. The report was commissioned by the Center for Global Enterprise, a research institution devoted to the study of the …

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Class Actions Over Cryptocurrencies On The Rise

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Kramer Levin – After a surge in popularity and an increased interest from regulators, virtual currencies — also known as cryptocurrencies — have entered into a new phase in their relatively short history, with an increase in class actions targeting the emerging assets. The emergence of cryptocurrency class actions comes after the market witnessed a …

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Bank of England speech on hidden risks in markets: “Bears and Icebergs”

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Norton Rose – On 26 April 2018, the Bank of England (BoE) published a speech by Alex Brazier (Executive Director for Financial Stability and Risk, BoE) that discusses some of the hidden risks in the market. Mr Brazier explains that there are generally two types of hidden risk which he calls “bears” and “icebergs”. The …

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The SEC and DOJ Go After BitFunder and Its BitFounder

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Sheppard Mullin – Taking further steps into the world of cryptocurrency, two entities of the federal government recently took legal action against BitFunder, a now-defunct Bitcoin exchange, and its founder, Jon Montroll. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil charges against BitFunder and Montroll, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan brought criminal charges of …

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SEC Pays Attention to Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain Technology & ICOs

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Eversheds Sutherland –  Cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) were a recurring area of focus in presentations by multiple divisions of the Securities and Exchange Commission at its annual “The SEC Speaks” conference in Washington, DC on February 23-24, 2018. While the SEC does not seem to have reached consensus yet on how to treat …

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Bitcoin Investment Platform Operator Charged with Perjury and Obstruction of Justice

Amazon Channels – CBS All Access Jon E. Montroll Allegedly Lied Repeatedly to SEC Staff During Testimony to Conceal Substantial Customer Losses Due to a Software Exploit Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of …

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