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Digital assets, cryptocurrency and blockchain

Digital assets built on blockchain or distributed ledger technologies - including cryptocurrencies, NFTs and initial coin offerings - offer huge opportunities for business innovation and product development. At the same time, there are significant legal and regulatory considerations around their creation and use.

We bring our outstanding corporate, capital markets and regulatory knowledge and expertise together with our deep understanding of the technology and business landscapes.

We advise on legal issues around digital assets, and the application of the complex matrix of regulations around the issuance, custody, settlement, and secondary market trading of digital assets.

Our team includes market-leading specialists in corporate, M&A, IP, payments, e-money, capital markets and derivatives, banking, and financial services.

We bring global and cross-sector expertise together with our deep understanding of the technology and business landscapes to provide strategic advice across:

  • Fundraising, M&A and joint ventures
  • New product and platform development
  • Issuance, custody, settlement, and secondary market trading of digital assets
  • Financial instruments linked to digital assets
  • Regulatory characterisation, registrations and wider regulatory engagement
  • Litigation and investigations

Here, we will keep you up to date with all the key developments in digital assets.

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Digital asset regulation around the world


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Latest developments in digital assets, cryptocurrency and blockchain

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Publications: 07 March 2023

Webinar: Crypto Regulation in the UK - the Grand Unveiling

Last month, the UK’s long awaited consultation on extending financial services licensing to a wider range of cryptoasset activities was published.

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News: 31 January 2023

Allen & Overy advises Standard Chartered in a multibank partnership with DekaBank, LBBW and Comyno building the blockchain platform SWIAT

Allen & Overy advised international bank Standard Chartered on entering into a joint venture with big German banks to fund the blockchain platform SWIAT.

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Publications: 19 January 2023

Episode 4: Deconstructing Crypto - The Post-FTX Episode

Following the indictments of senior FTX executives, two guilty pleas and related enforcement actions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the…

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Publications: 21 December 2022

Inside the EU’s ground-breaking law to regulate crypto-assets

The MiCA Proposal explained - at a glance

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