Blockchain

Overview

Osler’s Blockchain Group is comprised of individuals who are passionate about blockchain technology and its potential transformative impacts across a range of industries and applications. Our team supports both early stage and established companies navigate the rapidly evolving legal landscape to successfully develop and implement blockchain-enabled businesses.

Anchored by our extensive experience in all aspects of FinTech, technology, capital markets and taxation, lawyers in Osler’s Blockchain Group advise on a wide range of legal issues relating to cryptocurrencies, blockchain-enabled capital raising, and the broad deployment of blockchain technology.

In particular, we advise start-ups, public companies, investors, market intermediaries (including dealers and exchanges) and cryptocurrency infrastructure companies on cryptocurrency trading and mining, custody solutions, initial coin offerings, tokenized business models, cryptocurrency derivatives and related financial instruments. The regulatory and tax treatment of crypto-assets is evolving, and we leverage our extensive network of industry experts, participation in industry associations and positive working relationships with governmental authorities to guide clients on how to create, trade, hold and manage crypto-assets in a manner that aligns with applicable law and current regulatory interpretations.

Osler’s Blockchain Group also advises on applications of blockchain technology designed to enrich existing technology platforms and business models through the use of distributed ledger and trust-based collaboration. Blockchain technology has a myriad of applications across different industries, examples of which include banking settlement, foreign exchange and remittance, supply chain tracking, energy and carbon credit trading, real property registration and authentication tracking of valuable personal property. Our industry-leading expertise in structuring complex commercial relationships, intellectual property, privacy and data security enables us to provide expert advice on these applications of blockchain technology.

We also advise on risk management and resolution of disputes relating to cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings and blockchain-enabled transactions, which are increasing commensurate with the level of interest and investment globally. Class actions and other litigation have been commenced in multiple jurisdictions, including Canada, arising out of disputes involving cryptocurrency mining contracts, exchange failures, market suspensions / interruptions and initial coin offerings. These cases frequently raise novel and complex legal issues, given the distributed nature of blockchain technology and the market for cryptocurrencies.

About Osler

As one of Canada’s leading business law firms, we have deep expertise in the core areas of law that intersect with blockchain and cryptocurrency. Osler’s multidisciplinary team of experts is well-equipped to answer your questions surrounding the legal impacts of this technology.

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