Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

On the ChainIn a fast-paced and unprecedented market, companies need a global and agile legal team. Orrick’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency group delivers thoughtful and cutting-edge advice that helps propel the industry forward while providing the legal framework to withstand regulatory scrutiny.

Our pioneering Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice represents enterprise-level companies, startups and financial institutions alike across a wide range of industries. This includes advising on:

  • Blockchain networks,
  • Exchanges,
  • Fundraising, including SAFTs and SAFEs,
  • Compliance, including securities law, AML and sanctions,
  • Litigation,
  • Government investigations,
  • Technology licensing,
  • Product development,
  • Securitization of digital assets.

We are also active participants in blockchain organizations that drive business innovation, including the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium, the Global Legal Blockchain Hackathon and the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance.

  • Artory | An unprecedented collaboration between Artory, the only blockchain-secured registry for artwork, and Christie's, the famed auction house, which was the first major auction house to utilize blockchain technology.

    Coatue | Investment in Axoni’s $32 million Series B raise, led by Goldman Sachs and Nyca Partners.

    Coinbase | Trademark prosecution and trademark dispute resolution, including overseeing a diverse international expansion effort.

    Galaxy Digital | $52.5 million loan purchasing facility and equity investment in cryptocurrency-to-USD lending platform BlockFi. 

    Integra Ledger | Along with our client Integra Ledger, we collaborated to launch the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium, which is working toward the standardization, governance and application of blockchain and related technologies in global legal systems.

    Mercy Corps | In its role as a founding member of the Libra Association, which will govern the Facebook-developed cryptocurrency, with respect to the regulation of digital assets, privacy laws and governance.

    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.

    Wirex | Initial exchange offering of WXT tokens, their first native cryptocurrency that is now available on multiple exchanges. We also advised on Wirex’s regulatory compliance for e-money and payment services.