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Feds Bite Largest Bitcoin Exchange: Lessons for Virtual Currency Entrepreneurs

By Jonathan D. Joseph When the US Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a/k/a FinCEN, published an interpretative ruling on March 18, 2013 discussing how its regulations applied to users, exchangers and administrators of virtual currencies, Mt. Gox, the world’s largest exchange for Bitcoin transactions, should have taken note.   Mt. Gox and other early pioneers in …

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Joseph & Cohen Elevates Ken Sayre-Peterson to Partner

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 1, 2013. Joseph & Cohen, a Professional Corporation headquartered in San Francisco, announced today that Kenneth Sayre-Peterson has been elected a partner following his successful stint as Of Counsel with the firm that began in February 2012. Managing Partner, Jonathan Joseph stated, “Joseph & Cohen’s clients have benefited from Ken …

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California’s New Money Transmission Law Sweeps Up

By Marie Hogan* Effective as of January 1, 2011, California’s sweeping new Money Transmission Act (the “MTAct”) became applicable to the money transmission business. The MTAct expanded the state’s regulation and license requirements for money transmitters by covering domestic money transmitters, including stored value device issuers and other businesses that offer new types of alternative …

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Kenneth Sayre-Peterson

Kenneth Sayre-Peterson is a Partner of Joseph & Cohen with a focus on banking regulation, credit unions, money transmitters, securities, trust and bank enforcement matters. He joined Joseph & Cohen in 2012 following his retirement from the California Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), where he served in various legal capacities during a twenty-two year career. Mr. Sayre-Peterson acted as the …

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Jonathan D. Joseph

Jonathan Joseph is the firm’s Managing Partner and an AV® peer review rated attorney with over thirty-four years of experience representing banks and other depository institutions with their most complex business and legal imperatives such as mergers and acquisitions, regulatory and enforcement matters, corporate governance, board, audit and compensation matters, raising capital, investigations, strategic  planning and   …

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