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Digital Assets, Blockchain and Other Distributed Ledger Technology

Multinational companies, global financial services companies and emergent startups are increasingly leveraging Web 3.0, digital assets (including cryptocurrency), blockchain and other distributed ledger technology for their customers. Companies are actively employing this technology for use in global remittances, foreign exchange, cloud storage, supply chain management, data storage and sharing, internet streaming, intellectual property registration, property recording, and more.

The legal and regulatory landscape and myriad technological and security issues surrounding this sector and its underlying technology, including changing attitudes to regulation, can be daunting, and companies involved in the sector must consider and address these challenges. Additionally, this sector brings unique concerns and issues for data protection and security, intellectual property ownership and litigation liability. Staying ahead of market trends in this sector takes creative counsel who are prepared for what comes next. For instance, we expect to see increased use of artificial intelligence as part of our clients’ solutions in this space, and AI is another area in which the firm has relevant experience.

Through our global platform of highly skilled lawyers with sector knowledge, coupled with regulatory expertise and our second-to-none public policy services, we are uniquely positioned to service the needs of clients in this space. As this sector matures and reshapes various industries, we are ideally placed to guide and support your business locally as well as globally.

We are able to handle any legal issues arising in this sector and are engaged in these issues across our global platform for numerous clients. We have professionals around the world who are specialists in key areas of relevance, including:

  • Commercial contracting
  • Data privacy and cybersecurity
  • Fundraising/venture capital
  • Intellectual property
  • Labor and employment
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Non-fungible tokens (NFTs)
  • Public policy and advocacy
  • Regulatory and compliance
  • Anti-money laundering and sanctions

We regularly represent clients in all areas of the sector, such as cryptocurrency exchanges, software companies, brand owners, sports rights holders, large corporates, venture capital investors, private equity houses and large financial institutions in relation to their Web 3.0, blockchain, cryptocurrency and other digital assets and distributed ledger business.

Why Choose Us

  • We have a dedicated and efficient team that is hands-on and partner-led at all times.
  • We are pragmatic and responsive, and we always take into account your business goals when providing our legal counsel.
  • We are experienced in the market and emphasize quality, efficiency and alignment with client goals as core standards to continually improve our service delivery and add value to what we do.
  • We pride ourselves on our accessibility and our responsiveness. We recognize that our availability and the speed of our response time is a key part of being able to achieve the best outcomes for you. 
  • We have a technology focus across our global footprint, and our full-service team regularly advises on blockchain and distributed ledger-related issues and transactions, including advising:
    • Cryptocurrency exchanges on consumer litigation defense and advice on intellectual property, risk management, government regulation and contract management
    • Numerous companies exploring and investing in alternative uses for blockchain on all aspects of their business, including the raising of funds to allow them to develop their technology and expand their business
    • Investors on their investments in companies operating in all areas of the sector
    • Financial services providers on how to assess and mitigate compliance risk regarding anti-money laundering (AML), sanctions, securities and other digital asset enforcement priorities
    • Cryptocurrency companies, exchanges and individuals in defending government enforcement actions and civil litigation proceedings
    • On regulatory framework analysis for cryptocurrencies, NFTs and other digital assets
    • On economic sanctions screening and reporting
    • On AML and sanctions compliance programs, including development of financial crime compliance manuals, policies and procedures
  • We have a preeminent public policy and regulatory practice with global experience in the fintech industry, and professionals who formerly worked in government, including at the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).