Blockchain

Cryptocurrencies and the application of blockchain technology are rapidly evolving yet their potential and scope of application remain to be realised.  In such an environment, you need a law firm that not only has the required legal and technical expertise to structure your transaction but also has, should the circumstance demand it, market leading fraud and white collar crime capabilities to protect you. We deploy such legal and technical expertise as a seamless offering under one roof.  

We have a highly specialised coordinated team of lawyers and non-lawyer cyber and blockchain specialists who can advise on all aspects relevant to cryptocurrencies and blockchain, including:

Corporate and Regulatory

  • Structuring coin/token offerings including the technical aspects (in particular around blockchain)
  • Drafting whitepapers
  • Establishing crypto exchanges
  • Anti money laundering issues

Technical

  • Assessment of technology risks, business models and cyber security issues
  • Specific cryptocurrency and ICO diligence, assessing risks from criminal activity, including bribery and corruption, and the reputation and credibility of individuals involved
  • Examination of corporate structures for the hallmarks of financial crime and assessing the financial stability of ventures

Tax

  • Corporate structuring and reorganisations of blockchain businesses
  • Tax implications of ICOs and setting up of exchanges
  • The use of cryptocurrencies or tokens to incentivise employees
  • Tax consequences of buying and selling cryptocurrencies for both individuals and companies

Fraud and White Collar Crime

  • Cyberattacks and theft of currency
  • Exchanges operating in scams
  • Pyramid and Ponzi schemes
  • Fraudulent investment websites
  • The sale of non-existent or fake currency
  • Impersonation of prominent individuals or companies
  • Blackmail and ransomware demands for crypto-currency

Accord Project Real Estate and Construction Working Group

Mishcon de Reya and Accord Project, the global leader in developing open source code and specifications for smart legal contracts, launched a working group to focus on developing techno-legal specifications and open source technology for smart legal contracts in the real estate and construction industries. The Working Group is chaired by Philip Freedman CBE, QC (Hon), Partner and Chairman, Mishcon de Reya LLP. The Working Group adds to the Accord Project’s existing working groups in areas that include supply chain, financial services, and dispute resolution.

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