Crypto, Digital Assets, and Blockchain Legal Services

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Expert Crypto, Digital Assets, and Blockchain Attorneys

As distributed ledger technology continues to advance ahead of applicable regulations, the need for dependable representation within the crypto, digital asset, and blockchain space is expanding. Harris Sliwoski is an international law firm with vast experience in cryptocurrency and web3-related industries. Our cryptocurrency attorneys maintain a deep and current understanding of potential legal issues and effective solutions.

Our team handles matters involving decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), smart contracts, decentralized finance (DeFi), cryptocurrencies, coins, and tokens, including non-fungible tokens (NFTs). We have worked on a wide range of web3 projects involving international DAO communities, investment funds, NFT artists and studios, layer-2 blockchain developers, SaaS developers, metaverse companies, and celebrity brand influencers.

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Blockchain is a digital ecosystem that operates as a database to store, organize, and track vast amounts of information, data, and transaction histories using publicly-available code. This secure and decentralized solution relies on its users within a peer-to-peer network, as opposed to intermediaries like banks or centralized applications. Most individuals know blockchain for its role in facilitating the distribution and transfer of cryptocurrency, but it also enables the collection and management of other information, such as company inventory or legal contracts.

Each transaction and piece of information stored within the blockchain is known as a “block,” similar to a cell in a spreadsheet. These blocks are entered and stored within the database before being linked with other blocks. This linking creates a transparent chain that provides a chronological view of information history, secured through cryptography and encryption algorithms. Because each addition must be verified by all or a majority of participating validators, blockchain offers impressive security and creates an immutable record—largely eliminating the risk of unwanted alterations.

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Common Types of Digital Assets

Digital assets are items of value created and stored online, encompassing a complex legal environment involving regulatory, transactional, and policy considerations. The popular types of digital assets include:


Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), are decentralized currencies used within the blockchain to buy, sell, and exchange data and contractual rights directly with others. Each transaction is added to a public ledger visible to all cryptocurrency holders, creating a real-time record. They are also given unique encryption codes in the form of a 256-bit hexadecimal number containing all the transaction data. This balance of visibility and security makes it challenging to counterfeit, hack, or reverse transactions.

To date, over 19,000 types of cryptocurrencies are in use, with Bitcoin being the most popular. Bitcoin was first “mined” in 2009 as the first cryptocurrency. Today, there are 21 million bitcoins in supply with 19 million in circulation. There are tens of thousands of different cryptocurrencies modeled on Bitcoin or derived from Bitcoin, with new coins or tokens launched daily. Understanding how cryptocurrencies can affect your business is crucial for leveraging their benefits and avoiding associated risks.

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and Other Tokenized Assets

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are digital assets used within the blockchain, often representing valuable items such as collectibles, art, video game items, pictures, music, media, utility tokens, and more. Tokenizing assets creates greater market efficiency, allowing seamless interaction between buyers and sellers. It also streamlines investing activities, automates ownership transfers, and enhances identity security.

NFTs and other digital assets are created with specific identification codes, derived from stored metadata and encrypted within the blockchain through a process known as minting. These unique codes offer up to total ownership and distinguish NFTs from other similar tokens. The non-fungible qualities of NFTs mean that each item has a unique value and cannot be directly replaced by another similar token or NFT.

NFTs are generally bought and sold using cryptocurrency. As NFTs become more prevalent, understanding the various compliance regulations, restrictions, and legal obligations is more important than ever to operate safely.

Central Bank Digital Currencies

Recognizing the importance of evolving with the digital world, central banks worldwide are creating and issuing central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). The value of CBDCs relies on the country’s fiat currency. These offerings aim to reduce the volatile risks of digital currencies while increasing privacy, accessibility, and financial security. CBDCs seek to compete directly with various types of stablecoins, backed by the full faith and credit of the issuing country.

Harris Sliwoski recognizes the importance of the digital landscape and the role of blockchain and other digital assets within it. Our blockchain lawyers possess the expertise to provide meaningful representation across many sectors in the digital sphere, from tokenization and monetization to license reviews, smart contract reviews, and project T&Cs and privacy policies. We offer a wide range of legal services to ensure your business has the support it needs to succeed within a complex and ever-changing global technology landscape, including:

  • Contract drafting, negotiation, and translation
  • Fundraising and financing
  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
  • Intellectual property rights protection
  • Trademark and copyright protection in NFTs
  • Data privacy
  • Compliance with securities laws
  • Legal implications of digital tokens
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Harris Sliwoski Offers Unrivaled Web3 Expertise

With the dramatic rise in the popularity of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, many legal organizations have expanded their reach to advise on a variety of situations involving these assets. At Harris Sliwoski, we’ve assembled a cutting-edge team of web3 and technology lawyers with the expertise to assist businesses in navigating this new and evolving environment. Our team has the knowledge and skills to handle licensing requirements, ensure compliance with regulations, draft smart contracts, oversee intellectual property rights, and more.

For more than 15 years, we’ve been an industry leader in numerous areas, including international, corporate, cannabis, immigration, and intellectual property law. Our blockchain and web3 attorneys leverage this extensive experience to provide meaningful and timely support tailored to your unique legal needs.

We begin by taking an exhaustive look at your business or project to understand your needs, goals, and bottom line. With this information, our blockchain and digital asset experts can design an effective strategy to drive your business toward success.

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The Harris Sliwoski blockchain and web3 lawyers have the expertise to steer you toward your goals. We can handle the heavy lifting and navigate the complexities of cryptocurrencies, digital assets, and blockchain technology, giving you the confidence to focus on leading your organization. Whether you’re located in the United States or on another continent, our nationally and internationally recognized representatives are ready to help.

Learn more about our services by calling us at 1-888-330-0010 or by contacting us online to schedule an initial consultation.

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