DLA Piper's Blockchain and Digital Assets group offers strategic advice on a global basis to address the needs of companies implementing blockchain technology solutions and creating and deploying digital assets. Such companies face significant challenges in implementing this new technology into the existing legal regimes that vary from country to country and, in some cases, clash with the manner in which of blockchain technology operates. We combine a global network of attorneys with a wide range of relevant practices (including securities, IP protection and licensing, commodities future trading regulations, privacy and money transmitter rules) to help companies take advantage of these new opportunities and attain their strategic goals through the use of blockchain. DLA Piper has a long history of pioneering legal infrastructure to make new technologies successful: from developing the first domain dispute resolution system for Network Solutions, Inc. in 1994 to assisting in the management of the development of the General Public License version 3. DLA Piper also works actively with industry associations and governments in multiple countries to help adapt laws and regulations to the new technology. For example, the firm is active in the Chamber of Digital Commerce, ADAM and GDF.

Blockchain technology brings with it significant opportunities to offer new services and change business models. As the blockchain ecosystem evolves, the implementation of blockchain solutions will pose an array of challenges with legal implications – for the businesses implementing the solution, for their suppliers and for their customers. Blockchain also provides the opportunity to develop a new class of assets: digital assets, which can include digital representations of existing assets, such as stock or real estate, as well as new forms of digital property, such as CryptoKitties. "Tokens" can provide "liquidity" to assets such as real estate buildings and patents.

THE DLA PIPER DIFFERENCE

We assist companies at every stage of their life cycle, from early-stage startups raising funds to build new blockchain technologies to Fortune 100 companies implementing blockchain-based solutions.

DLA Piper is a pioneer in serving the technology clients and companies that use technology, having established a presence in the heart of Silicon Valley over 50 years ago. Today, we are located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to assist companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world.

Our attorneys provide advice on blockchain and digital assets in the following areas:

  • Corporate structuring
  • Criminal defense (including white collar defense)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Financial regulatory regimes (CFTC, state money transmitter and FINCEN)
  • Foundations (including tax and formation)
  • Fund formation
  • Government relations
  • International tax structuring
  • Intellectual property protection strategies
  • Intellectual property licensing
  • Litigation from contract disputes to securities regulation
  • Logistics and supply chain
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Privacy regulations
  • Sales and use tax
  • Security enforcement and regulations
  • Smart contracts
  • Startups
  • Token generation events (both STO and ICO)
  • Venture capital financings