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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: 06 September 2023

MAS finalises its policy position on the regulation of stablecoin-related activities

The MAS has finalised its regulatory approach for stablecoin-related activities. The finalised approach is substantially similar to what was originally set out in its consultation paper on the same…

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Publications: 09 August 2023

Resolving disputes in the new digital world

While there continues to be debate on whether the metaverse is the new world and whether one day we will all become avatars, owning and “carrying” our assets and possessions while traveling around…

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Publications: 22 June 2023

Beyond the Hype: The Future of Digital Assets – UK developments in institutional and wholesale digital assets

In this episode of “Beyond the Hype, The Future of Digital Assets” podcast series, our digital assets experts focus on the latest proposals to regulate institutional/wholesale digital assets products…

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Publications: 12 June 2023

Episode 6: Deconstructing Crypto - The SEC’s frontal assault

In episode 6 of Deconstructing Crypto, Todd Fishman and Gene Ingoglia analyze the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) enforcement actions against Binance and Coinbase, two of the largest crypto…

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