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Court confirms status of cryptoassets as ‘property’

The claim followed an instance of blackmail using malware by the first defendant (persons unknown) against the claimant (a Canadian insurance company). The first defendant demanded a ransom of Bitcoin and the Applicant (the Claimant’s UK insurance provider) paid the …

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Libor transition and loans – what borrowers in the real estate market need to know

The London Interbank Offer Rate (LIBOR) is the benchmark reference rate commonly used in commercial loans to calculate interest payments in variable (floating) rate loans.  LIBOR is now being phased out meaning significant changes for the loan and interest rate …

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SMCR implementation deadline imminent

The expansion of the SMCR to cover all FCA regulated firms (from 9 December 2019) will change the way in which the directors and senior managers in those firms will approach risk. The SMCR has already closed the gaps between …

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FCA publishes final rules on the SMCR

On Friday 26 July the FCA published its final rules on the Senior Managers and Certification Regime; the complete regulations on the extension of the SMCR to FCA solo-regulated firms. The final rules, published on the FCA website, reflect the …

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Protecting crypto consumers from themselves?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has proposed a ban on financial instruments linked to cryptocurrencies, warning that such products could cause huge losses for consumers unlikely to understand their risks or value. The FCA said products such as derivatives and …

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Is Blockchain technology set to revolutionise the art market?

A notable trend since Bitcoin gained its popularity has been an incredible rise in the interest in the technology behind Bitcoin known as Blockchain, which is the “thing” which allows cryptocurrencies to function. Some statistics indicate that the global blockchain …

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ICOs vs. PE and VC Funding: Which Funding Model is Best for a Growing Business?

Following Collyer Bristow’s ICO vs PE and VC Funding event in May the FinTech Times summarised the outcome of our dedicated panel. Chaired by our Partner and Head of FinTech Nigel Brahams, the panel on the PE and VC side …

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