May 13, 2022

Digital Assets Download-May 13 2022

Launching today: A curated mix of insights and headlines that provide a Layer 3 Legal Perspective™ on the digital assets multiverse – created by Mayer Brown’s global Digital Assets, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Group. Enjoy this edition of the Digital Assets Download below and find previous editions here.

The LEad Block

Original Mayer Brown content, perspectives and insights from across our global platform that touch on digital assets, decentralized finance, cryptocurrencies and related fields.

Select Events

Selected upcoming events for deeper dives into different parts of the digital assets and DeFi world.

Women.Connected Quarterly Spotlight (ABA Event). May 16 (Register Here). Virtual coffee break with Lindsey Haswell for a discussion focusing on women in the profession and beyond. Lindsey is Chief Legal and Administrative Officer of She joined after serving as Chief Legal and Administrative Officer at Lime and was previously a member of Uber’s legal team.

CFTC Roundtable. May 25 (View Here). Staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission will hold a public roundtable on May 25, 2022, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm ET, to discuss issues related to intermediation in derivatives trading and clearing.

Surge Protection: Preparing for the Coming Wave of Enforcement Webinar Series. With the change in administration, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in 2021 that a significant increase in corporate enforcement is coming. This policy shift is expected to add substantially to the burdens companies and executives under investigation may face, especially when coupled with additional announcements that the DOJ will surge resources dedicated to corporate enforcement. Mayer Brown has prepared a series of webinars which will include leading practitioners, in-house counsel and former government officials across practices to provide practical guidance and insight into how companies can prepare for these changes. The series will cover a wide range of topics including cryptocurrency; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; securities; anti-money laundering; sanctions and export control; cybersecurity; and antitrust issues.

March 30: Investigating Misuse of Cryptocurrency: DOJ and FTC Enforcement Panel

April 13: SEC and CFTC Enforcement Update: Increasing SPAC Enforcement and Litigation Risk and Increased Authority to Seek Disgorgement

Learn the Lingo

For those new to the digital assets and DeFi world, each edition of the Digital Assets Download will highlight a different term to help you be a part of the conversation.

Bitcoin Futures Contract:

A bitcoin futures contract is an agreement to purchase or sell a bitcoin for delivery in the future: (1) at a price that is determined at initiation of the contract; (2) that obligates each party to the contract to fulfill the contract at the specified price; (3) that is used to assume or shift price risk; and (4) that may be satisfied by delivery or offset. Bitcoin futures contracts must be listed and traded on a CFTC-registered derivatives contract market.

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