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Crypto and digital assets

Highly experienced in both the legal and technical sides of decentralized finance, our global team of lawyers can support anyone – from issuers to innovators and investors – wanting to navigate the fast-changing world of blockchain, cryptocurrencies and digital assets.

We help individuals and businesses successfully navigate blockchain, cryptocurrency and the decentralized finance ecosystem.

From cryptocurrency, stable coins, decentralized exchanges and wallets to payment networks, lending and insurance platforms, key infrastructural development, marketplaces, and investment engines, the decentralized finance (‘DeFi’) ecosystem heralds a new and exciting era in global finance.

Our multi-disciplinary blockchain, cryptocurrency and DeFi lawyers advise issuers, innovators, investors, promoters, asset managers and exchanges on securities, corporate, tax, regulation, compliance, dispute resolution, data privacy, cyber security, estate planning and charitable giving matters. With a global team of more than 30 cryptocurrency lawyers across the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific, our clients range from major cryptocurrency exchanges, companies launching initial coin offerings ('ICOs') or initial exchange offerings ('IEOs'), companies innovating in new areas on the blockchain, veteran investors looking to build a more robust asset and succession structure for their accumulated wealth, and new investors in cryptocurrencies and tokens.

Market insight

We speak the language of DeFi, both legally and technically. We grasp and have even developed the technology underlying innovations in the space. We deal with cryptocurrencies, consensus-based algorithms, and smart contracts on a regular basis for our clients. Our global team also understands and can address all the legal and compliance requirements of pandemic-driven next-generation supply chain ecosystems that utilize artificial intelligence, internet of things (“IoT”) sensors and smart contracts. Together these interoperable ecosystems are the foundation of the next generation global economy.

Fintech disputes and regulatory services

Our team provides regulatory, litigation and arbitration services in the cryptocurrency and fintech space. We are experienced with the existing and changing regulatory framework applicable to individuals and entities operating in or adjacent to this growing area, and we represent individuals and entities in civil litigation and arbitration across the globe and before a wide range of courts, prosecutors, regulators and agencies such as the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (‘SEC’), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission ('CFTC'), the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (‘IRS’), the Monetary Authority of Singapore, UK Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’) and many more.

Compliance services

We routinely advise clients regarding compliance with securities, commodities, tax, anti-money laundering, banking and privacy regulations, including, among others:

  • US Money Services Business registrations
  • US exempt securities offerings (Regulation A, D, CF exemptions)
  • US state “Blue sky” laws and regulations
  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • EU Anti-Money Laundering Regulations (eg 5AMLD)
  • UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000
  • UK The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001 (UK)
  • UK Money Laundering Regulations 2017
  • UK E-money Regulations 2011
  • UK Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II
  • UK Payment Services Regulations 2017
  • Singapore Payment Services Act (PSA)
  • Singapore and Hong Kong Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counterterrorist-Financing (CTF) rules/ ordinance
  • Singapore Securities and Futures Act (including the Capital Markets Services license and MAS Sandbox)
  • Hong Kong SFC's Regulatory Framework for Virtual Asset Portfolios Managers, Fund Distributors and Trading Platform Operators

Track record

Our team

Harvey Knight

Harvey Knight

Partner | London

Harvey Knight

Partner | London

Litigation

Charles S. Kolstad

Charles S. Kolstad

Partner | Los Angeles

Charles S. Kolstad

Partner | Los Angeles

Private client and tax | Corporate

Iain Cockburn

Iain Cockburn

Partner | London

Iain Cockburn

Partner | London

Corporate

Joel Shen

Joel Shen

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Joel Shen

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Corporate

Shaun Leong

Shaun Leong

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Shaun Leong

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Litigation and Arbitration

Lian Chuan Yeoh

Lian Chuan Yeoh

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Lian Chuan Yeoh

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Private client and tax

Daniel Tang

Daniel Tang

Partner | Hong Kong

Daniel Tang

Partner | Hong Kong

Corporate

James Shaw

James Shaw

Partner | London

James Shaw

Partner | London

Corporate

Insight

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