In this episode of The Crypto Exchange, Troutman Pepper Partner Ethan Ostroff welcomes his colleague Addison Morgan to discuss California’s Digital Financial Assets Law (DFAL), set to take effect on July 1, 2025. The DFAL provides a comprehensive framework for licensing and overseeing businesses that engage in digital financial business activities with residents of California.

In this episode of The Crypto Exchange, Troutman Pepper Partner Ethan Ostroff welcomes his colleagues Mike Lowe and Matt Orso to discuss the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Illicit Finance Risk Assessment of Decentralized Finance (DeFi), which assesses how illicit actors are abusing DeFi services, as well as vulnerabilities unique to DeFi services.

In this episode of The Crypto Exchange, Troutman Pepper Partner Ethan Ostroff welcomes his colleagues Kim Phan and Addison Morgan to discuss the recent enforcement actions brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Celsius Network and its co-founders. In addition to permanently banning Celsius Network from consumers’ assets, the FTC also fined the company a near record-breaking $4.7 billion.

In this episode of The Crypto Exchange, Troutman Pepper Partner Ethan Ostroff welcomes his colleagues Carlin McCrory and Addison Morgan to discuss a recent case in the Southern District of New York that has been in the news, Rider v. Uphold HQ. In Rider, the court concluded that virtual currency platform operators may be subject to the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA) and Regulation E.

In this episode of The Crypto Exchange, Troutman Pepper Partner Ethan Ostroff welcomes his colleague Mike Lowe to discuss crypto enforcement actions, including criminal enforcement actions related to cryptocurrency. Mike shares his experience in crypto enforcement during his lengthy tenure as a federal prosecutor.

Most consumers have signed up for subscriptions, automatic deliveries, or free trials that convert into a paid subscription. In this episode of The Crypto Exchange, Carlin McCrory welcomes colleagues Mark Furletti and Jill Dolan to discuss legal and regulatory developments related to autorenewals — the recurring payments for these subscriptions. Our panel examines state and federal laws pertaining to negative option offers, including Section 5 of the FTC Act; recent actions by state attorneys general on autorenewal and cancellation policies; and how companies can ensure compliance with relevant requirements.

In the fourth and final segment of our four-part Crypto Year in Review series, Ethan Ostroff, Keith Barnett, and Carlin McCrory discuss how the U.S. Treasury Department — including the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) bureaus — functions in the digital asset space. Our speakers examine how these financial services regulators seek to deter criminal activity, such as money laundering, financing of terrorist activities, AML/CFT violations, and sanctions compliance in the digital asset space in 2022, and what we can expect in 2023.

In the third segment of our four-part Crypto Year in Review series, Ethan Ostroff, Keith Barnett, and Addison Morgan discuss state-level regulation of interest-bearing cryptocurrency deposit products. Our speakers explain these product types and cover how state attorneys general and other regulators seek to protect consumer interests amid the rapidly evolving digital asset landscape.

In the second segment of our four-part Crypto Year in Review series, Rene McNulty, Carlin McCrory, and Ethan Ostroff discuss the Federal Reserve and its research and experimentation on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), examining the steps that the Fed took toward potential CBDC implementation. Our panelists also review recent crypto-related regulatory developments at the FDIC and OCC, discussing what these actions can tell us about regulatory trends and priorities.