Practice

Digital Assets and Blockchain

Blockchain, the software technology that enables the creation and operation of a shared, decentralized database, is changing the way companies, investors, and financial services companies do business.

Digital Assets and Blockchain are transforming the markets across all sectors. The rapid growth and adoption among businesses, individuals and governments has resulted in a complex regulatory landscape, both domestically and internationally. We help clients take advantage of blockchain's and cryptoassets' huge potential and disruptive impact, while avoiding falling foul of ever-developing legal and regulatory requirements.

Clients turn to us for support across their entire business life cycle, from setups, regulatory authorizations and new product launches, to fundraising and ongoing regulatory compliance. We have worked with major financial institutions on the adoption and implementation of blockchain technology to revolutionize products and payments, and worked with businesses across a broad range of industries to explore new uses for blockchain, including in relation to supply chains, ownership, agreements, contracts, and much more. We advise many of the leading cryptoasset players including some of the world's leading exchanges and platforms.

As the legal and regulatory landscape surrounding blockchain and digital assets continues to evolve, we engage with industry groups, policy makers and governments on important issues, including regulators and governments around the world. We are also a strategic partners with Global Digital Finance, a non-profit global members association advocating and accelerating the adoption of best practices for digital assets.

By working closely with our market leading lawyers and regulatory consultants, we are well-equipped to help clients solve their most complex blockchain and digital assets challenges, whenever and wherever they arise.

Representative experience

Advising on the formation of investment funds investing into cryptocurrencies and ICOs, including forming the first crypto/blockchain fund of funds.

Advising multiple cryptoassets companies in relation to their compliance with anti-money laundering regulations.

Advising various clients on patent protection for blockchain inventions.

Advising a global bank on an innovative new payment venture which seeks to use blockchain technology to facilitate micro payments.

Advising Globacap on its issuance of digital tokens representing shares in Globacap – a world first.

Advising Accel, Eurazeo and various investors on Sorare's record US$680 million Series B, valuing it at US$4.3 billion.

Advising a well-known artist on the regulatory position regarding the proposed issuance of tokenised art prints to retail customers.

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