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Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Melanie Swan, noted futurist, predicted that “Decentralized networks will be the next huge wave in technology. The blockchain allows our smart devices to speak to each other better and faster.” Recently, The World Economic Forum estimated that 10% of global GDP will be stored on blockchain technology by 2027. In this fast-paced and unprecedented market, companies need a global and agile legal team. Orrick’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Group provides clients with thoughtful and cutting edge advice that helps propel the industry forward while providing the legal framework to withstand ...
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HMRC’s New Approach to Cryptoassets – Tax First, Define Later

by Peter Connors, Jonathan Rosen and Bridget Winters | September.25.2019

The UK tax authority, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), has taken a further step towards tackling perceived tax avoidance in transactions involving cryptoassets. Specifically, according to press reports, exchanges such as eToro, Coinbase and CEX.IO have received letters from HMRC requesting customer and transaction data. The move follows HMRC’s most recent policy paper, “Cryptoassets for

Benefit Plan Investments

Employee benefit plan assets constitute the largest pool of investment capital in the United States and worldwide. The financial future of millions is governed by complex legal restrictions designed to protect their interests. Though complex, the restrictions need not prevent benefit plans from being full-fledged participants in the world's financial markets. Seasoned legal advice is essential to successfully navigating these potentially dangerous waters. We have long advised the largest manager of benefit plan assets on ERISA fiduciary issues. We serve as outside fiduciary counsel to several ...

Banking & Finance

Both lenders and borrowers have turned to us for over 100 years for counsel on a wide array of loan transactions, from acquisition finance to recapitalizations, work-out financings to asset based lending facilities, municipal lending to project finance, and all manner of other lending arrangements. Our large international group of Banking & Finance lawyers works as a cohesive team across North America, Europe and Asia to deliver flawless execution on the most demanding loan transactions. Whether they’re bulge bracket investment banks, new alternative lenders, large corporate borrowers or ...
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SEC Announces Three New Rulemakings

by Edward Eisert | September.30.2019

  On September 26, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced three significant rulemakings. Summarized in a Public Statement by Chairman Jay Clayton, they are designed to achieve the following objectives. The Modernization of the Approval Framework for ETFs. This new rule: "(1) sets forth a clear and consistent framework that will allow

Bankruptcy Litigation

We represent debtors, creditors, committees, fiduciaries and lender groups in a range of disputes—from complex litigation, asbestos and energy cases to creditors’ rights and claims, avoidance actions and confirmation and valuation issues. We develop cost-effective strategies to meet the specific needs of each case and employ a full range of options, including negotiation, mediation and litigation to achieve the best results for our clients.