Blockchain

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are changing the face of financial services.  What is often less appreciated is blockchain technology’s increasing importance to the media, technology and brands sectors in which we operate. 

Our unparalleled understanding of these sectors together with a detailed and practical knowledge of blockchain technology enables us to advise on some of the most innovative and cutting-edge uses of blockchain to date.  Our knowledge allows us not only to provide advice on specific matters and transactions but also the broader strategic, commercial and practical issues arising from using blockchain technology. Our experience crosses regulatory, commercial, dispute resolution and international matters. 

As the use of blockchain technology has grown, so have the issues surrounding privacy, gambling regulation, consumer protection and financial services. Questions also remain about the legal status of crypto-assets. We not only have specialists in all of these areas but also an office in Brussels closely connected with the European legal, judicial and policy developments affecting the blockchain industry.

We can provide support on a whole range of blockchain matters:

  • IP and brand management – our team of over 20 specialist IP lawyers makes us the ideal partner for blockchain rights management platforms.
  • Betting & gaming – leading regulatory experience in this area allows us to navigate the legal complexities surrounding blockchain casinos.
  • Data protection – our specialist data protection team are experts on the processing of personal data on the blockchain and via smart contracts.
  • Commercial litigation – our litigation team acts on very high value cryptocurrency thefts and hacks.

Increasingly, we are involved in work on the technology and infrastructure agreements needed to enable significant ICOs. We also specialise in innovative blockchain development deals and have experience across global businesses – including in the energy and financial services sectors. The full range of legal services we provide including corporate, litigation and employment support means we can advise individuals and organisations from start-ups to global companies on blockchain matters.