The aim of this guide is to provide its readers with a pragmatic overview of the law and practice of blockchain law across a variety of jurisdictions.

Each chapter of this guide provides information about the current issues affecting blockchain in a particular country and addresses topics such as cryptocurrency, virtual assets including crypto-securities, smart contracts, and enforcement and judicial considerations.

The Q&A template for each chapter has been provided by Ben Kingsley and Duncan Blaikie of Slaughter & May.

2nd Edition | Published: October 2020

Hot Topic: Stablecoin Regulation in The United States

Stablecoins are a subset of blockchain-enabled digital assets that seek to maintain price stability, often by pegging their value to another asset with a stable value, such as U.S. dollars. Since inception, the asset class has earned increasing attention, with more than 200 stablecoin projects announced since 2017.[1]  Further, due to the gaining popularity of …

Hot Topic: The Collapse of Cryptography? Considering the quantum threat to blockchain

In our 2019 paper March of the Blocks we commented on the substantial compliance hurdles that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) presents to the ongoing development of blockchain solutions that involve storing (and transacting with) data. There, we concluded that blockchain solutions that respect the fundamental principles of data protection and privacy are achievable. …

Hot Topic: Blockchain M&A: the Next Link in the Chain

The original version of this article was published in the GLI Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Regulation 2021 Guide, by Global Legal Group, Ltd. Blockchain M&A: the Next Link in the Chain An overview of key drivers and unique valuation, due diligence, and integration hurdles for the current wave of blockchain M&A. Despite having experienced the “crypto …

Australia

Gilbert + Tobin

Cyprus

KINANIS LLC

France

Bredin Prat

Hong Kong

Slaughter and May

Japan

Anderson Mori & Tomostune

Liechtenstein

NÄGELE Attorneys at Law LLC

Malta

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC

Russia

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Sweden

Mannheimer Swartling

Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

The Netherlands

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

United Kingdom

Slaughter and May

United States

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP