Blockchain + Smart Contracts

We provide a holistic, comprehensive approach to the rapidly growing areas of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and smart contracts.

Our cross-practice, cross-industry, global team unites over 70 lawyers from such diverse practices as emerging companies and venture capitalfinancial servicesinvestment managementmergers and acquisitionsprivacy and data securitysecurities and capital marketstax, and technology transactions. In every one of our 17 global offices, we have experienced lawyers currently representing some of the most influential market participants in fintech, supply-chain, healthcare, e-commerce, and media and entertainment related matters.

Blockchain is an umbrella term for a variety of proven technologies that, combined, provide a data structure that makes it possible to create a distributed peer-to-peer system of ledgers containing immutable (write-once and read-only) time-stamped and connected blocks of data, which is operated and updated:

  • In a decentralized manner, by a peer-to-peer network of unaffiliated parties that uses the internet as a network for connecting the individual nodes;
  • through predefined consensus mechanisms in lieu of a central authority; and
  • by employing cryptography in order to prevent the ability to edit or tamper with the information recorded in it.

Blockchain has the potential to transform nearly all industries, particularly those that rely on centralized systems.

Our organically grown, in-house group of industry leaders with long-standing practices has helped initiate and shape this nascent industry.

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