US tech leader Wilson Sonsini to launch in London

Adviser to tech giants such as Google, Twitter and LinkedIn to open Old Street office













US west coast tech leader Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is opening an office in London as the firm sets its sights on a push into the UK technology and life sciences markets.



Judge rules bitcoin is not money in laundering case

In what is believed to be the first money-laundering prosecution involving bitcoin, a Miami judge has ruled that the virtual currency isn’t the same as money and thrown out criminal charges against a man accused of selling it to undercover agents.

Judge Teresa Mary Pooler ruled on Monday that bitcoin ‘has a long way to go before it the equivalent of money,’ and, as a result, defendant Michell Abner Espinoza wasn’t operating an unlicensed money-services business.

Insufficient evidence

Judge Pooler also ruled there was insufficient evidence that Mr Espinoza, who stood accused of selling bitcoin to federal agents who said they were going to use the currency to buy stolen credit-card numbers, had committed the crime of money laundering.