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Blockchain Technologies and Cryptocurrencies

Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies are overturning norms in a way that provides opportunities and challenges for businesses looking to take part in this rapidly expanding space.

Led by recognized blockchain leader Carol Van Cleef – whose involvement in cryptocurrencies as a sought-after legal advisor took hold alongside the 2008 debut of the Bitcoin predecessor, E-Gold – our multi-disciplinary team counsels individuals and businesses ranging from entrepreneurs to multinational banks.

Our attorneys focus on myriad issues associated with blockchain applications, digital currencies, and initial coin offerings, including:

  • Corporate law
  • Securities
  • Taxation
  • FinTech
  • Government contracting
  • Intellectual property
  • Privacy and data security
  • Anti-money laundering and sanctions
  • FCPA and anti-bribery
  • Employment law
  • Legislative advocacy
  • Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy

Members of our team collaborate with LeClairRyan attorneys across practice areas to ensure that we provide legal counsel that is inclusive of the breadth of business opportunities available, while ensuring that our client’s decisions comply with quickly emerging laws and regulations driving the blockchain arena. Additionally, our team has significant experience handling a full spectrum of blockchain issues across industries, including advertising, aviation, energy, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, technology, real estate and retail.

Representative experience:

  • Patent prosecution and defense of blockchain technology
  • Blockchain trademark representation for an international bank
  • Formation of blockchain start-ups
  • Corporate and securities services such drafting of agreements, venture capital fundraising, token offerings, and mergers and acquisitions
  • SEC and state securities enforcement
  • Bank and state money transmitter regulatory enforcement
  • FinTech transactional and regulatory representation


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