Lawrence Stephens

Blockchain and Digital Assets

  • Blockchain and Digital Asset
  • Commercial support for the digital economy 
    • Ensuring regulatory compliance for clients’ commercial activities
    • Advising on disputes, complex litigation and recovery of cryptoassets
    • Providing strategic and transactional advice for the management of digital assets

Overview 

The increasing maturity of the Blockchain and Digital Assets sector provides new ways to conduct business, raise capital, invest, and gain access to a diverse range of emerging opportunities. The growing use of novel, non-tangible assets has attracted the attention of global financial regulators and navigating the complex issues that arise in the crypto and digital assets industry requires deep technical, legal and regulatory expertise. The rapid pace of development also inevitably increases the possibility of things going wrong, fraud and criminal behaviours. 

Our multidisciplinary team includes market leading experts who have helped shape the sector and its corresponding legal frameworks. Our full-service practice offers client-centric, urgent and specialist advice across the breadth of the blockchain and digital assets sector.

The team is well-placed to offer advice around regulatory compliance, business-related services, and the practical integration and use of cryptoassets. From token classifications and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) to advising on and guiding through regulatory requirements and ensuring compliance, our sectoral understanding means that we can deliver clear advice and offer forward-thinking solutions to crypto-centric businesses including crypto exchanges, decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), custodians, tokenisation platforms, and payment processors.

We also offer support for disputes and asset recovery; our expertise includes cross-border and complex litigation including pursuing lost, frozen or misappropriated funds following hacks and scams, assisting insolvency practitioners where crypto funds are at play, locating and securing assets in matrimonial proceedings, assisting insurance providers recover funds and exercising intellectual property rights over digital assets.

As cryptoassets become part of everyday life, it is important to consider how they fit into long-term plans. Our team of expert cryptoasset and blockchain lawyers collaborate closely with other departments, ensuring that our clients receive comprehensive advice on a wide variety of issues, such as crypto estate planning and inheritance, as well as crypto property transactions.