Matthew T. Burgoyne

Matthew is Co-Chair of Osler’s Digital Assets and Blockchain practice. His practice includes private market financings, mergers and acquisitions, secured and unsecured lending transactions, stock exchange listings, regulatory compliance, and securities issues facing the cryptocurrency industry. He is also ranked in Chambers Fintech (Canada) 2024.

Matthew routinely advises national and international clients in digital currency law. He has assisted in the formation of cryptocurrency exchanges and has advised digital token and coin developers, decentralized finance platforms, centralized finance platforms, non-fungible token (NFT) issuers, stablecoin issuers, cryptocurrency ATM providers, cryptocurrency miners, cryptocurrency investors, and decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs).

Matthew was one of the first Canadian lawyers to act for cryptocurrency companies in Canada and is regularly called to give his opinion to the media on issues relating to cryptocurrency and Canadian law, and has been quoted in Fortune Magazine, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, Bloomberg, The Logic, the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press and has also been interviewed on CBC radio and CBC television. Matthew is also an author on Coindesk.com, the world’s largest cryptocurrency and blockchain news site.

Matthew sits on a variety of advisory boards of his clients and is currently an advisor to the Alberta Securities Commission’s New Economy Advisory Committee.


Latest Insights

  • Blog Jun 27, 2024

    Securities and Exchange Commission approval of Ether ETFs

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a proposed rule change allowing major exchanges to list Ethereum exchange-traded funds.

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    Securities and Exchange Commission approval of Ether ETFs
  • Webinar May 2, 2024

    Use of artificial intelligence (AI) in infrastructure projects

    Participants will gain valuable insights into the fast-evolving use of AI in the design, management, monitoring and maintenance of infrastructure...

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    Use of artificial intelligence (AI) in infrastructure projects
  • Blog Apr 22, 2024

    Extension and clarifications on the regulation of value-referenced cryptoassets

    On April 17, 2024, the Canadian Securities Administrators announced an extension for crypto trading platforms dealing with value-referenced...

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    Extension and clarifications on the regulation of value-referenced cryptoassets
  • Blog Mar 18, 2024

    The stigma associated with crypto is largely unwarranted

    A struggle to fit cryptocurrency into existing regulatory regimes has contributed to some public perception that crypto is disproportionately used in...

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    The stigma associated with crypto is largely unwarranted
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Awards and Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Securities Law
  • Chambers FinTech – Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers in FinTech: Recognized in FinTech Legal

Media Mentions

  • Media Mentions Jan 18, 2024

    Edmonton man and his cryptocurrency company sanctioned for breaching Alberta securities laws – CBC News

    In a conversation with CBC News, Matthew Burgoyne commented on a recent Alberta Securities Commission decision which ordered Devon Christopher...

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  • Osler News Dec 6, 2023

    Osler ranked Band 1 in Chambers FinTech Legal 2024 Guide

    Osler continues to be ranked as a leading firm as Band 1 in the Chambers FinTech 2024 Canada guide. This Chambers guide identifies and differentiates...

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  • Media Mentions Nov 3, 2023

    Two years after peak crypto, Bitcoin has faded from the political conversation – CBC News

    A couple of years ago, both politicians and the general public were wondering how cryptocurrency could be regulated and integrated into the financial...

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  • Media Mentions Sep 29, 2023

    Generative AI captured lawyers’ attention. But whatever happened to blockchain? – Legaltech News

    Regulatory updates on blockchain and cryptocurrency in countries including Canada and the U.K. means there is more work for lawyers.

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Community Involvement

  • Canadian Blockchain Consortium: Director and Chair of legal committee
  • Calgary Crime Stoppers Association: Former President and Director
  • Oxford House Foundation of Canada: Former board member
  • Bishop O’Byrne Housing for Seniors Association: Former board member

Speaking and Writing

Speaking Engagements

  • Canadian Blockchain Consortium, Alberta Trade Mission
    Moderator, Digital Asset Day, July 11, 2024
  • Canada Fintech Symposium
    Panelist, “Navigating the intersection of Legal Innovation, Technology and Credit Unions in FinTech”, Calgary, June 27, 2024
  • 2024 PCMA Canada Conference, Private Capital Goes Mainstream: Democratization of Investing
    Speaker, “Bitcoin vs. Gold – Which is a Better Storage of Wealth”, Omni King Edward Hotel, Toronto, April 24, 2024

Previous Media Coverage

Published Work

  • “The rise of central bank digital currencies: Where is Canada?”, Law360 Canada, August 24, 2023
  • “What Crypto Regulation Is in Canada and How It Should Evolve”, TheFutureEconomy.ca, July 10, 2023
  • “Current & Critical – Matthew Burgoyne, The Evolving World of Crypto & Blockchain”, Collisions YYC Podcast, Episode 315, February 14, 2023
  • “Cryptocurrency and death: Where’s your key?”, Concentra Insights, August 2020
  • “Investor Tips for Reading an Offering Memorandum,” Private Capital Markets, Winter 2016-2017

Credentials

Education

  • University of Manitoba, LLB

Languages

  • English

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Alberta Securities Commission: New Economy Advisory Committee, Technology and Innovation Advisory Committee
  • Canada Blockchain Consortium: Board of Directors, 2020-Present; Head of Legal Committee, 2019-Present
  • Private Capital Markets Association of Canada: Private Lending committee
  • Open Banking Initiative Canada: Working Group