Japan has recognised Bitcoin as a legal method of payment. The country has also passed legislation that exempts the exchange, or purchase of Bitcoin from consumption tax.
The bedrock for much of American and international corporate finance is corporate law in the tiny state of Delaware. Like many other agencies around the world, the state authorities are experimenting with blockchain – in their case through the Delaware Blockchain Initiative (DBI). The initiative will allow for the application of distributed ledger technology to many of […]
The G20 summit to be held in July 2017 is fast approaching. The German presidency would like to encourage the accelerated use of digital technology in business and society through enhanced internationally agreed regulatory frameworks. A paper prepared for the G20 meeting by leading German think tank the Centre for International Governance Innovation contains some […]
Is the existing legal, economic and political framework ready for a digital transformation? In a digital world that relies on distributed ledgers, the way we regulate and maintain contracts, transactions, and the records that support them will have to change dramatically. There are many possible scenarios but a new article in the Harvard Business Review […]
To underline the point made in the previous article, this week the SEC rejected an application to create the first bitcoin-backed exchanged trade fund or ETF. The application came from the sometimes controversial Winklevoss twins, which may or may not have had anything to do with the result. Based on the SEC’s decision, it seems unlikely that […]
To perhaps round out the question of adoption speed, the – unregulated – world of digital advertising has a new entrant this week in the form of NYIAX, or New York Interactive Advertising Exchange. The new intermediary will seek to improve the way that digital ad buyers and sellers do business. The NYIAX will use […]
Environments without existing or with very old infrastructure can leap frog their peers by taking advantage of new digital technologies. In Tbilisi, Georgia, they are using Blockchain to transform the Land Registry.
Yves Mersch, a Member of the European Central Bank’s Executive Committee and former Governor of the Central Bank of Luxembourg gave a speech this week in Helsinki, describing some of the opportunities and challenges that central banks face as they consider the possibility of issuing an official digital currency. A fiat version of a bitcoin, […]
A very interesting report from FINRA was released on Wednesday, identifying areas that need to be considered by Securities Industry participants that are exploring the use of DLT, or Distributed Ledger Technology, to replace traditional centralised infrastructure. The paper concentrates on clearing and settlement and asks a series of questions about aspects of the ongoing […]