Melanie Swan, noted futurist, predicted that “Decentralized networks will be the next huge wave in technology. The blockchain allows our smart devices to speak to each other better and faster.” Recently, The World Economic Forum estimated that 10% of global GDP will be stored on blockchain technology by 2027.

In this fast-paced and unprecedented market, companies need a global and agile legal team. Orrick’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Group provides clients with thoughtful and cutting edge advice that helps propel the industry forward while providing the legal framework to withstand regulatory scrutiny.

As a founding member of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium that formed Integra Ledger, we are helping shape the standards and governance in the global legal industry regarding the use of blockchain technology. We are also an active participant in the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, a non-profit trade association created for financial market players.

Spanning across the United States, Europe and Asia, our team is advising 50+ blockchain, DLT companies, issuers, investors, exchanges, funds and platforms on corporate and regulatory issues, financings, IP and litigation matters as well as token offerings using a variety of frameworks, including SAFT issuances.

  • Hedera Hashgraph | Over $100 million in SAFT financings in 2018, including the most recent $82.5 million SAFT round. Previously advised on its formation, funding and regulatory matters

    CoinAlpha | Launch of its crypto fund and platform

    Integra and Global Legal Blockchain Consortium | Launch of the Integra Ledger and the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium

    Threefold | Launch of its digital currency and sustainable internet capacity network

    Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Company | Launch of a public ledger and cryptocurrency, including regulatory guidance, SAFT issuances and licensing and IP matters

    Skara | Regulatory advice to an online gaming company

    Diversified Exchange Organization | $40 million venture financing of Digital Asset, a leading provider of distributed ledger technology

    OpenSea | A Y Combinator company and the first peer-to-peer open marketplace for any non-fungible asset on the Ethereum blockchain, in its $2 million seed financing led by Founders Fund and 1confirmation

    Web Entrepreneurs | Creation of Iconium SpA, the first company in Italy dedicated to investing in blockchain-based fundings and ICOs

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