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Our blockchain team provides strategic guidance and full-scale support to stakeholders across the blockchain and distributed finance ecosystem. We count among our ranks veteran FinTech, capital markets, regulatory, IP and cybersecurity attorneys. We leverage this broad-based expertise to help clients deliver on innovative blockchain strategies and applications in industries such as decentralized finance, health care, real estate, manufacturing and insurance.
We also help clients vet crypto investment opportunities while navigating them through the patchwork of regulatory and jurisdiction-specific tax/reporting requirements. Not least, we are one of the only legal teams in the country with substantive experience assisting scores of blockchain protocols in structuring, promoting and orchestrating legally sound and commercially viable token issuances, security token offerings and other types of token generation events.
John S. Wagster
Courtney Rogers Perrin
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We offer battle-tested, practical solutions covering all aspects of blockchain and distributed finance, including:
- Analysis of tokens for compliance with:
- Securities regulation
- Commodities regulation
- Money transmitter requirements.
- Tokenized equity and security token offerings (STOs)
- Compliance with Bank Secrecy Act and FinCEN regulations including AML/KYC requirements
- Data privacy and information security
- Contract disputes
- Defending SEC, CFTC, IRS, and FinCEN actions
- Corporate and fund formation
- Founder and advisor agreements
- Tax considerations for crypto transactions
- Intellectual property registration and dispute resolution
- Distributed applications (DAPPs)
- Token generation (governance, utility, securities, and non-fungible)
- Blockchain as a service (BaaS)
- Verification services
We serve as trusted advisors to clients spanning the blockchain ecosystem, including:
- Blockchain protocol developers
- Layer 1 and parachain application developers
- Decentralized finance platforms
- Centralized and decentralized digital asset exchanges
- Mining operations
- Non-fungible token (NFT) issuers and marketplaces
- Decentralized Autonomous Organizations
- Stablecoin sponsors Venture capital firms and hedge funds
- Media Companies
- Blockchain-based game developers
- Crypto metaverses
- Nonprofit overseas blockchain foundations
- Consulting Firms
- Bitcoin ATM Operators
Securities law analysis
Our team has reviewed scores of tokens on behalf of protocols, exchanges, DAOs, NFT minters and individuals for compliance with U.S. federal and state securities laws. More recently, we provided securities analysis for a governance token issued by a leading NFT issuer and platform.
Leading blockchain development company founded by prominent industry pioneers
We serve as counsel to a company whose open-source platform enables global enterprises to build, manage and scale robust blockchain-enabled ecosystems, backed by enterprise-grade service and support. We assist in analyzing and documenting fundraising transactions and provide legal advice regarding the design and functionality of decentralized finance and other protocols and digital tokens.
Multimillion-dollar international open-source research and development lab
Our ongoing representation includes preparing sponsorship agreements related to the client’s involvement in hackathons and accelerators in various countries. We also represent the client in lead and routine equity, SAFE and token investments in the FinTech startup space.
Acquisition of blockchain protocol company
We represented a top blockchain protocol company in its large stock purchase acquisition of a company focused on ZK rollup technology.
Counsel for e-commerce and technology-based clients
We provide experienced guidance on business and regulatory considerations to online retailers and other remote sellers, logistic companies, marketplace providers and facilitators, cloud-based service providers, as well as AI, blockchain and cryptocurrency mining businesses. Our support for such clients ranges from multi-state and local tax compliance to legislative, planning, regulatory, and controversy matters.
Corporate formation and licensing agreements
Our team has significant experience drafting and negotiating founder documents, advisor documents, and securities token offering documente. This experience extends to the fast-growing NFT marketplace, where we routinely assist with licensing agreements, vendor negotiations, and terms and conditions for NFT issuers and platforms.
Explore the latest blockchain-related news stories for which our attorneys lent their perspective:
SEC loses a battle to win the war? Ripple dissociates from pumping XRP
April 19, 2021 | In the News (third-party)
US Authorities Eager to Deter Citizens from Unregistered Crypto Exchanges
December 16, 2020 | In the News (third-party)
What’s the Deal With Yam Finance?
August 21, 2020 | In the News (third-party)
What’s the Deal With Yam Finance?
August 21, 2020 | In the News (third-party)
The Rise of Decentralized Finance and Why Banks Should Start Paying Attention
July 16, 2020 | In the News (third-party)
Is DeFi a Bubble? Experts Weigh In On Hype vs. Value
July 9, 2020 | In the News (third-party)
The US Congress’ Digital Dollar Hearing is Today: All You Need to Know
June 11, 2020 | In the News (third-party)
French Court Moves the BTC Chess Piece – How Will Regulators Respond?
March 15, 2020 | In the News (third-party)
What’s Next: Zuckerberg Gets Deepfaked + Quick Takes on Facebook’s Libra + Data Breach C...
June 26, 2019 | In the News (third-party)
What Blockchain Companies Need To Do To Succeed
June 21, 2019 | In the News (third-party)
FATCA in Focus – Are Foreign Cryptocurrency Companies Subject to FATCA?
June 3, 2019 | In the News (third-party)
Beyond bitcoin: Local experts talk business uses for blockchain
May 23, 2019 | In the News (third-party)
What Are The Benefits Of Blockchain In Music? 6 Experts Share Their Insights
May 18, 2019 | In the News (third-party)
Have the SEC’s Telegram & Kik Cases Brought Clarity to Crypto?
May 12, 2019 | In the News (third-party)
#BlockchainProfiles – Meet John Wagster of Frost Brown Todd LLC
April 15, 2019 | In the News (third-party)
Energy: Lawyers, Guns, and Cryptocurrency?
February 7, 2019 | In the News (third-party)
Op Ed: From Gray To Black And White: Traditional Regulations Come To Crypto
December 3, 2018 | In the News (third-party)
Blockchain Law with Wags
October 10, 2018 | In the News (third-party)
Regulatory Clarity Should Lead to More Capital Investment in Crypto: Panel
April 26, 2018 | In the News (third-party)
We Knew It Was Coming: The First NFT Lawsuit is Here
June 9, 2021 | Blogs
On May 12, a plaintiff sued Dapper Labs, Inc. and the CEO of Dapper Labs, alleging violation of secu...
Ransomware and Bitcoin – New Proposed Cryptocurrency Reporting Requirements
June 3, 2021 | Blogs
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Kentucky Poised To Be National Cryptomining Leader With New Tax Legislation
March 29, 2021 | Blogs
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Blockchain and Art Provenance: Five Data Privacy Challenges
March 18, 2021 | Blogs
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“We Don’t Bank Crypto” Isn’t Enough: Banks Need a Strategy for Cryptocurrency
October 12, 2020 | Blogs
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Is the Crypto Camel’s Nose Under the Banker’s Tent With the OCC’s Interpretative Letter of Jul...
July 24, 2020 | Blogs
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