Author: James Holbein

Regenerative Finance (ReFi) is a growing Web3 field

Regenerative Finance (ReFi): Tokenizing Carbon Offsets and Incentives

By: James R. Holbein, Braumiller Law Group PLLC, Justin Holbein, Web3 Consulting LLC

Introduction to ReFi. Regenerative Finance (ReFi) is a growing Web3 field that offers an opportunity to rethink how we approach finance, investing, and sustainable economic development. ReFi takes a holistic approach to finance and development, considering the environmental, social, and economic impacts of financial decisions, and aims to create a regenerative economic ecosystem rather than following a primarily extractive approach.

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Digital Assets Fraud

Can the U.S. Mitigate Digital Assets Fraud While Fostering Innovation?

By James Holbein, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group PLLC

This article will review the options the White House has outlined for regulation and oversight of the digital assets sector, based upon a set of reports issued in the last six months. The collapse in November 2022 of FTX, the second largest cryptocurrency exchange, has precipitated calls for better oversight for digital assets.

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CBDC Central Bank Digital Currency

Can, and Should, the U.S. Government Develop a CBDC System?

By: James Holbein, Braumiller Law Group PLLC
In response to the Executive Order on Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets issued on March 9, 2022, both the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Treasury Department (Treasury) have recently issued reports analyzing the possible design and feasibility of creating a U.S. Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). The reports make clear that significant technical issues and major policy considerations need to be addressed for the U.S. to develop a CBDC. Both reports look at time frames in years, not weeks or months, for such a system.

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ImpactDAOs: Shaping the Future of Regenerative Organizations

By: Justin Holbein and James Holbein, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group

As Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) have exploded into public consciousness, new types of DAOs are proliferating. A novel use case for DAOs, termed “ImpactDAOs”, are defined as “any DAO that creates net positive externalities to the ecosystem around it.” An ImpactDAO seeks to use web3 and crypto-economic principles to regenerate a system, increasing resources and sustainability over time.

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Indo-Pacific Trade Initiative to Enhance U.S. Economic Influence

By: James Holbein, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group

On May 23, 2022, President Biden launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) with a dozen initial partners: Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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Evolving Legal Issues for NFTs

By: Justin Holbein and James Holbein, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group

Throughout 2021 and 2022, Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have increasingly grown into public awareness. People often hear about NFTs through collectible projects like Bored Ape Yacht Club, CryptoPunks, and World of Women. Usually, people then encounter the hype, interest, and indignation about what exactly NFTs are along with the corresponding potential use cases. Why have NFTs exploded into the zeitgeist?

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Digital Assests

Executive Order on Digital Assets a Welcome Start to Responsible Regulation

By: James Holbein, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group, and Justin Holbein

The President issued an Executive Order on Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets on March 9, 2022. The value of the cryptocurrency and digital assets sector exceeds $3 trillion and has the potential to grow much larger with proper regulation. No country has taken a lead role to develop regulation that will foster innovation while simultaneously protecting consumers, investors and businesses from criminal activity related to digital assets.

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Regulation for Decentralized Finance

Approaches to Regulation for Decentralized Finance

By: James Holbein, Of Counsel

Decentralized Finance (DeFi) is a term describing the assortment of different financial applications enabled by blockchain technology and cryptocurrency with the aim to decentralize financial services that are currently intermediated by financial institutions.

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digital trade finance

Developing Digital Approaches to Trade Finance

By: James R. Holbein, Counsel to Braumiller Law Group PLLC

The digital revolution affecting so much change across the world is coming to international trade processing and logistics.  The transition to all digital documentation and processing from formerly inefficient analog systems is well underway.

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Recourse USMCA environmental issues

Recourse for USMCA Environmental Issues

By James Holbein, Braumiller Law Group

This article seeks to assist potential users of the provisions of the Agreement Between the U.S., the United Mexican States, and Canada (USMCA) to understand the multiple layers of review required for an issue to wend its way through the environmental review bodies.

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digital trade world

Trade in the New Digital World

By James Holbein, Braumiller Law Group

This article describes how digitization of information and development of new tools and equipment is expanding to improve efficiency, productivity, safety and almost every aspect of the movement of goods.

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