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  • LabCFTC Publishes Smart Contract Primer
    LabCFTC, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC’s) FinTech initiative, earlier this week published a primer on smart contracts.  The primer defines smart contracts and explains some of their key attributes, discusses the CFTC’s role in regulating smart contracts, outlines some potential benefits and use cases and warns market participants of potential associated risks.

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  • CFTC Commissioner Quintenz Speaks on Smart Contract Regulation
    On October 16, 2018, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner Brian Quintenz gave a wide-ranging speech at the GITEX Technology Week Conference in Dubai addressing a number of key issues faced by the CFTC in considering how to regulate smart contracts.  While he acknowledged that there are still many questions to be answered in respect of smart contract regulation, Commissioner Quintenz expressed a number of important views that should make market participants pause before assuming that activity in smart contracts will avoid CFTC scrutiny.

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