Blockchain and Digital Assets Resources Center

February 22, 2024

The increasing use of cryptocurrencies and other digital assets has given rise to complex legal issues relating to regulatory status (including requirements to register as broker-dealers, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, investment advisers, investment companies, securities exchanges and money service businesses), compliance (including valuation, custody and reporting), corporate law (such as maintain shareholder records), securities transactions (including initial coin offerings and M&A transactions), fund formation, the launch of ETFs and derivatives, venture capital, taxation, anti-money laundering, litigation and regulatory enforcement.

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Dechert offers sophisticated and knowledgeable legal counsel to clients navigating this rapidly evolving space.  At the heart of Dechert’s blockchain and digital assets practice is a deep understanding of the technologies that drive blockchain and related developments in distributive computing networks.  In addition, Dechert is distinctive among leading law firms in this area by bridging the financial service regulation and new financial technology to find solutions for our clients.

Since the launch of bitcoin in 2009, cryptocurrencies and the encrypted, decentralized blockchain protocol that underpins them have grown from abstract theories to a transformational force that is disrupting the way many industries will operate for decades to come.

Decentralized ledger technology and smart contracts could ultimately reshape many industries, including financial services, intellectual property, logistics and supply chain, the internet of things, energy, health care, insurance and the sharing economy.

The landscape for financial products and services integrating blockchain technology is evolving rapidly.  Whether launching funds to invest directly or indirectly in digital assets or creating new coins or tokens in connection with the launch of new distributive networks, clients operating in this area have specialized needs that Dechert is particularly well-placed to serve.

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