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Crypto Exchanges’ New Friend–Bankruptcy Code

By design or happenstance, giant crypto exchange Celsius, holding $3.8 billion worth of crypto assets and deposits and $6.7 billion liabilities, filed for US bankruptcy court protection under Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 11, rather than Chapter 7 or liquidation under the Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 (“SIPA”). The procedural and economic advantage of filing under […]

OECD Pillar Two-Global Minimum Tax & US Tax Reform

OECD Statement on Two-Pillar Solution to Address the Tax Challenges Arising from the Digitalization of the Economy, issued on October 8, 2021, updates and finalizes a political statement by 136 OECD member countries of the Inclusive Framework (IF) to fundamentally reform international taxation. Pillar One attempts to ensure a fairer distribution of profits and taxing […]

Seeking Better Tax Treatment on Litigation Funding

In the past decade, the nascent litigation funding entrepreneurs enter with an appealing nomenclature of offering to litigation parties and attorneys “non-recourse loan:” namely, the funding loan needs not be repaid if the underlying litigation produces no monetary recovery or proceeds. On the obligation to repay, a typical non-recourse provision reads: If the claimant does […]

Cryptocurrencies—Are They Oranges or Securities?

In the “crypto case of the century,” SEC v. Ripple Labs, Inc. et al. securities law litigation (SDNY 20-CV-10832), parties lock horns on the question if defendent, Ripple Labs’ cryptocurrency, XRP is a “security” (or, should the court sidestep the question, if XRP offer and sale agreements and scheme, viewed together, an unregistered, un-exempt securities […]

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