Archive: March 2023

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CFTC Chair Asserts Jurisdiction Over Fiat-Based Stablecoins
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EU/Luxembourg Update: New Blockchain/ DLT Pilot Regime for Financial Instruments Becomes Effective on March 23
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In a Rare Decision On Abandoned Property Law, The US Supreme Court Rules Against Delaware

CFTC Chair Asserts Jurisdiction Over Fiat-Based Stablecoins

By Cheryl L. Isaac and Maxwell J. Black

Last week, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) Chair Rostin Behnam asserted that fiat-based stablecoins (such as USD Coin (USDC), Tether (USDT), and Binance USD (BUSD), all of which are pegged to an underlying fiat currency) should be considered as commodities, subject to the CFTC’s enforcement jurisdiction. 

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EU/Luxembourg Update: New Blockchain/ DLT Pilot Regime for Financial Instruments Becomes Effective on March 23

By Dr. Jan Boeing and Maxime Barthez[1],

Luxembourg and the EU have taken an important step forward in the area of blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (“DLT”). With a view to removing regulatory hurdles to the issuance, trading and post-trading of many financial instruments for which an EU regulatory framework already exists (such as the regulation of transferable securities, units in collective investment undertakings and derivatives under MiFIR, MiFID II and CSDR[2]), the EU has put in place the DLT Pilot Regime through Regulation (EU) 2022/858 of 30 May 2022. The new DLT Pilot Regime applies (with certain limitations) to all (traditional) financial instruments within the meaning of MiFID II[3] that are issued, recorded, transferred and stored using blockchain or distributed ledger technology (“DLT Financial Instruments”).

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In a Rare Decision On Abandoned Property Law, The US Supreme Court Rules Against Delaware

By Judie Rinearson, Jennifer Crowder, and Jeremy McLaughlin

On February 28, 2023, the US Supreme Court issued its decision in the abandoned property lawsuit, Delaware v. Pennsylvania (see https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/22pdf/145orig_kjfl.pdf)

The question addressed by the Court focused on which state was entitled to collect unclaimed property, which arose from  two financial products sold by banks on behalf of Moneygram: Agent Checks and Teller’s Checks (collectively, the “Checks”).

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