Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

Digital assets were historically largely unregulated. The growing interest in this asset class and the use of peer-to-peer networks have resulted in increased scrutiny by regulators on a global scale. With that comes the need for a skilled, future-minded legal team who offer trusted advice and counsel.

Our Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Group is at the forefront of the digital asset movement. As a national, full-service firm, our skilled team includes lawyers who practise in a variety of related specialties. This includes:

  • corporate finance
  • investment management
  • derivatives
  • registration and regulatory compliance
  • FinTech
  • anti-money laundering
  • intellectual property
  • technology

Our multidisciplinary approach makes us uniquely positioned to assist in a range of areas, including:

  • coin or token offerings
  • launching investment funds focused on digital assets and distributed ledger technologies
  • advising custodians, dealers, clearing systems, exchanges, marketplaces and other service providers on the unique legal and regulatory issues in dealing with digital assets

We also work with our clients and their service providers to address the legal issues surrounding the use of distributed ledger technology, including:

  • information management
  • regulatory compliance
  • intellectual property rights management
  • developing smart contracts solutions

Experience

  • First Block Capital Inc. in its registration as an investment fund manager and an exempt market dealer in order to operate a bitcoin investment fund, the first registration of an investment fund manager in Canada solely dedicated to cryptocurrency investments. Also acted in connection with the private placement of units of the bitcoin fund to investors in Canada and abroad.
  • Structured and advised on all Canadian regulatory and related compliance requirements for a new payments network using distributed ledger technology (Blockchain) which facilitates real-time settlement of international cross-border payments and remittances.
  • BIG Blockchain Intelligence Group Inc.(CSE:BIGG), an information technology company focusing on the development of blockchain technology solutions, search and data analytics, in its acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares of Netcoins Holdings Inc. three subsidiaries.
  • First Coin Capital Corp. in its merger transaction with Galaxy Digital and Bradmer Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • BIG Blockchain Intelligence Group Inc. in its reverse takeover acquisition of Acana Capital Corp. and subsequent $17 million private placement financing.
  • First investment dealer in Canada to offer bitcoin futures, providing regulatory framework and developing policies and procedures.
  • Establishment and launch of investment funds and venture capital funds focused on cryptocurrencies, coin and token offerings and players in the blockchain space.
  • Canadian and offshore issuers on initial coin offerings.
  • Going public transactions of cryptocurrency-focused businesses.
  • Structuring derivatives to provide exposure to digital assets.
  • Investment managers and registered dealers on the trading of bitcoin futures.
  • Bitcoin and other blockchain payment options and structures.
  • Attending to the private placement of foreign cryptocurrency funds to Canadian investors.

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