Blockchain and Digital Assets

We recognise the transformational power of blockchain and digital assets. These technologies offer an array of opportunities to businesses in all sectors, from increasing trust and transparency to simplifying and accelerating processes. But this emerging field operates in a rapidly-evolving environment which raises complex issues that require deep technical, legal and regulatory expertise to navigate.  

We bring together a global network of over 300 tech-savvy lawyers to help clients capitalise on the opportunities offered by blockchain and digital assets, while complying with fast-changing law and regulation. We are experts in financial services regulation, anti-money laundering, technology contracts, cyber, data privacy, investments & M&A, tax, intellectual property, competition, funds, finance, employment and disputes.

Our lawyers are leaders in their fields across the UK, US, EMEA and APAC, many with backgrounds in science and technology. We are well versed on advising businesses in all sectors on the full breadth of domestic and cross-border blockchain and digital assets projects, including FinTech, ConsumerTech, HealthTech, PropTech and EnergyTech.

Our expertise spans the full business lifecycle and we routinely support clients on:

establishing and expanding businesses launching products and campaigns ongoing regulatory compliance investments, M&A, and public listings
fundraising forming funds to invest into cryptoassets disputes, arbitrations, and class actions financing structures

As the legal and regulatory landscape evolves, we also engage with industry groups and policy makers on important issues and maintain strong relationships with regulators and governments globally.

  • We regularly assist clients seeking to anticipate, influence and navigate shifting public policy and industry issues at the intersection of law, policy and politics.  
  • Our lawyers also chair the Financial Law Committee and the Regulatory Law Committee of the City of London Law Society, sit on the steering committee of the Global Blockchain Convergence Industry Group, and are members of many relevant industry organisations.
  • We have also partnered with the Digital Pound Foundation, a non-profit association exploring a potential UK central bank digital currency (CBDC).

Our Experience

We have supported many of the leading crypto exchanges and platforms, financial institutions, funds and investors on cutting-edge transactions, regulatory compliance and disputes. These include:

Blockchain Infrastructure, Platforms & Solutions

Red Eléctrica Corporación on the world's first syndicated loan using blockchain technology, which involved a €150 million loan engaged from BBVA, BNP Paribas and MUFG.

Block.one on the development and launch of the EOSIO Testnet blockchain platform that enables other blockchain developers to test their applications, including smart contracts.

A leading global mining company on its participation in and contribution to the Neo Watr and DEX blockchain ecosystems.

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)

Treasury Wine Estates on issuing NFTs for a barrel of luxury Penfolds wine in Australia.

A leading consumer business on its release of F1 car livery as NFTs.

A leading beverage company on its drop of rare whisky bottles, VIP experiences and crypto art in the UK and Asia.

A metaverse brand for mental health on its 3D NFT project with 3,090 NFTs.  

Crypto Exchanges (CEX/DEX)

A leading global crypto exchange in terms of daily trading volume in relation to various contentious matters

A major DEX on regulatory investigations into employee misconduct, fraud and market manipulation in the UK.

A leading DEX on licence and regulatory applications, policies, and consumer terms for launching in EMEA and Asia.

A DEX on a shareholder dispute including successfully defending an ex parte injunction containing wide-ranging disclosure orders.

A digital asset trading network on its investment into a crypto exchange platform

Decentralised Finance (De-Fi)

A leading WEB3 platform on the launch of its innovative BTC and ETH crypto bridges across the UK and EMEA.

A Hong Kong crypto exchange entering the Australian market with other De-Fi products.

Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs)

A supermajor on developing and using a DAO to fundraise for clean energy research projects in the UK and US.

Founders on personal liability relating to a proposal to build a permissionless credit marketplace for DAOs in Australia.

 

Insights and updates

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