Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology

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Gensler's SEC Can Bring Regulatory Clarity to Digital Assets

Chris Bellini and Kara Kapp discuss potential changes to be made to the digital assets industry as a result of Gensler’s recent appointment as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission in ThinkAdvisor.

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The rapid rise of cryptocurrencies, and the anticipated widespread use of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, has the potential to significantly impact companies and governments, with many experts comparing the disruptive effects to the advent of the internet. While this proliferation will generate tremendous opportunities, as with many game-changing technologies, it also presents legal and regulatory challenges.

Cozen O'Connor’s interdisciplinary Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology Industry Group draws from the firm’s more than 775 attorneys to help guide businesses through the rapidly evolving legal, regulatory, and legislative environment. This team of lawyers and policy professionals represents clients on blockchain matters across various industries, and we regularly appear before government agencies central to virtual currency and blockchain issues, including:

  • Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Department of Justice, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
  • U.S. Congress

In addition to advising clients on regulatory matters, and advocating for them on policy issues, Cozen O’Connor defends clients in civil litigation brought under securities laws and regulations, and protects clients in governmental investigations and enforcement actions initiated by the SEC, the CFTC, and the Department of Justice (DOJ). Cozen O’Connor also advises clients on antitrust matters before the DOJ and the Federal Trade Commission.

Our team also handles both the transactional and data privacy issues attendant to cryptocurrency and blockchain. Whether you need advice from the ground up as a blockchain startup, are seeking to acquire blockchain assets, or anything in between, our team of corporate attorneys stands ready to help you navigate this unique environment. And because data privacy and security is paramount in this arena, Cozen O’Connor’s Technology, Privacy & Data Security attorneys play a key role on our industry team. These attorneys regularly work with blockchain clients to identify points of vulnerability and minimize risk.

With offices in Washington, D.C., New York, and London, Cozen O'Connor has a presence at the epicenters of finance, technology, and government. We are in a prime position to advise and advocate on behalf of clients’ virtual currency and blockchain regulatory and enforcement matters. Additionally, Cozen O'Connor’s industry leading State Attorneys General practice advises and represents clients at the state level, which is particularly important given the proliferation of state-level regulations of virtual currency and blockchain businesses.

Service Areas

  • Federal, state, and international regulatory matters
  • Legislation   
  • Securities enforcement
  • White collar litigation
  • State Attorneys General

 

Publications

Gensler's SEC Can Bring Regulatory Clarity to Digital Assets

April 14, 2021

Chris Bellini and Kara Kapp discuss potential changes to be made to the digital assets industry as a result of Gensler’s recent appointment as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission in ThinkAdvisor.

November 2020 Blockchain Legislative Alert – Fall 2020 Legislative Developments

November 20, 2020

Michael Bain discusses several notable pieces of legislation that will aid the development and adoption of blockchain technologies by businesses, consumers, and governments.

The Department of Justice Announces the First-of-its-Kind Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework [Alert]

October 09, 2020

Barry Boss and Kara Kapp discuss the DOJ Cyber-Digital Task Force 83-page framework intended to help cryptocurrency entrepreneurs understand and comply with U.S. legal obligations.

Has the SAFT Been KIKed to the Curb?

October 02, 2020

Kara Kapp discusses the court's decision in Securities and Exchange Commission v. Kik Interactive, Inc.

Contacts

Andrew Baer

Chair, Technology, Privacy & Data Security

abaer@cozen.com

(215) 665-2185

Barry Boss

Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Department
Co-Chair, White Collar Defense & Investigations

bboss@cozen.com

(202) 912-4818

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