Blockchain & Smart Contracts

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) is poised to disrupt the way the world transacts and does business. Our experienced team of legal practitioners advise clients on these new technological advances, from the introduction of smart contracts and new ways to raise capital through initial coin offerings to the "business of blockchain" and its effect on the market.

The technology is rapidly developing and can pose challenges to businesses as regulations across jurisdictions adapt. True to our focus as commercially-minded advisors, we can help clients navigate this complex area of the law and advise them on how to achieve their goals in this exciting new space whilst managing any associated risk.

Our team draws from a depth of experience across several legal disciplines, including capital markets, commercial transactions, banking and finance, intellectual property and tax. This corporate expertise is complemented by our commercial litigators who have appeared before the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) and presented in collaboration with ASC representatives to raise public awareness in the field of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

Significant Areas of Service

  • Initial coin offerings (ICOs)
  • Smart contracts: advising on risks and enforceability
  • Anti-money laundering (AML) and Know your client (KYC) compliance
  • Securities and regulatory compliance
  • Capital market transactions
  • Commercial transactions
  • Tax
  • Banking and finance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Dispute resolution: litigation and arbitration
  • Investigation and enforcement matters before the ASC