Thanks to the quality of its posts, the OBLB attracts wide readership. In 2018 alone, the OBLB website was visited over 300,000 times, that is more than 25,000 monthly. Our readers came to our website from 188 countries. In 2018, we have also started producing video interviews with the Business Law Hub speakers as part of our new vlogging series.

The purpose of this collection is to celebrate the posts that were most popular with our readers. The paper comprises the top 20 most-read posts published in 2018, the titles of which are listed below. The selected contributions address issues such as blockchain technology and cryptoassets, financial services, corporate law, and autonomous systems. In this context, and for reasons of coherence and consistency, the pieces included in this paper are arranged in a thematic order.

Our website regularly tracks the Top ten posts published in the last 30 days and the All-time top ten posts.

20 Most-Read Posts of 2018

Sex, Drugs, and Bitcoin: How Much Illegal Activity is Financed through Cryptocurrencies?
by Sean Foley, Jonathan R Karlsen and Tālis J Putniņš

Blockchains and the GDPR
by Michèle Finck

Crypto-Securities Regulation: ICOs, Token Sales and Cryptocurrencies under EU Financial Law
by Philipp Hacker and Chris Thomale

Regulation of Initial Coin Offerings
by Karsten Wöckener, Carsten Lösing, Thilo Diehl and Annekatrin Kutzbach (White & Case)

The Regulation of Cryptocurrencies—Between a Currency and a Financial Product
by Hadar Jabotinsky

Initial Coin Offerings: Are Tokens Securities under EU Law?
by Philipp Maume and Mathias Fromberger

Understanding the MiFID II Inducements Regime
by Rob Moulton and Gabriel Lakeman (Latham & Watkins)

The UK Private Fund Limited Partnership: A ‘New’ Tax Transparent Vehicle for Onshore Funds
by Simon Witney

Side-Pocketing: A Plausible Liquidity Management Tool for the Indian Mutual Fund Industry
by Param Pandya

Norway Shows Why the UK Won’t Get a Good Bespoke Deal on Financial Services Post-Brexit
by Morten Kinander

Making Credit Ratings Data Publicly Available
by Marc Joffe and Frank Partnoy

UK Proposes a New Corporate Governance Code for Large Private Companies
by Simon Jay, Michael J Preston and Dan Tierney (Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton)

Update on the Responsibility to Respect and Parent Company Liability: What the Court of Appeal’s Judgment in Okpabi & Ors v Royal Dutch Shell Plc & Anor Means for UK Multinationals
by Peter Hood and Julianne Hughes-Jennett (Hogan Lovells)

Should Securities Regulators Allow Companies Going Public with Dual Class Shares?
by Aurelio Gurrea Martínez

Piercing the Corporate Veil: Historical, Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives
by Cheng Han Tan, Jiangyu Wang and Christian Hofmann

Automated Decisions Based on Profiling—Information, Explanation or Justification? That is the Question!
by Lokke Moerel and Marijn Storm

What is a Smart Contract?
by Philipp Paech

Google v CNIL: Defining the Territorial Scope of European Data Protection Law'
by Michèle Finck

How to Restructure Venezuela’s Debt'
by Mitu Gulati and Lee Buchheit

International Commercial Courts: The Singapore Experience'
by Andrew Godwin, Ian Ramsay and Miranda Webster