Not too long ago, I was at a Blockchain conference and saw the founder of Sicos talking about advising ICOs. He revealed advising was not just about token sales, investments, and marketing. But it is also about understanding the legal structures.
Any blockchain / cryptocurrency project should look into the law and create a strategic path around it. This is where lawyers and law firms enter.
To operate smoothly, and plan out all the legal activities, create legal structures, and sail through complex financial regulations, a good legal firm is important. In this article, I have collected some of the top law firms dealing with ICOs, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain.
A Quick Note
Most of the firms listed below have either in-house lawyers, or work closely with specialists in the financial sector. It is also important to mention how these law firms were picked.
They were picked based on their popularity — online, and in the real world. Some of these law firms have been in the news regularly, shaping the cryptocurrency industry, while others are well-known for their operations.
All these firms help you to:
- Launch your ICOs and Know-Your-Customer (KYC) requirements
- Apply for licenses on major cryptocurrency exchanges
- Review business contracts
- Understand cryptocurrency gambling
- P2P lending and other regulatory and compliance issues
- Understand anti-money laundering rules
- Gain Tax and VAT knowledge
- Intellectual property
- Security laws and policies
And so on…
Without further ado, below you will see a collection of some of the best law firms in the crypto space (in no particular order):
1. MME – Website
Description: MME helped Tezos (largest ICO fund raised), Ethereum, and Bancor set the foundation. They are an integrated, cutting edge law, tax and compliance firm. MME represent companies and individuals in all business related matters. Their partners assist clients with personal and thorough attention – in Switzerland and internationally. Strong focus on legal, tax, and compliance.
2. Dentons – Website
Description: Dentons is the first Canadian law firm to join the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium. It is a global law firm driven to provide you with the competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected marketplace. It was formed in March 2013 as a combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton.
3. Perkins Coie – Website
Description: Perkins Coie LLP is an international law firm that represents great companies across a wide range of industries and stages of growth — from startups to FORTUNE 50 corporations.
Location: China and US.
4. Fieldfisher – Website
Description: Fieldfisher LLP is a multinational law firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It has approximately 400 lawyers and is one of the top 50 legal firms in the UK.
Location: Europe, UK, and US
5. Njord Law – Website
Description: A law firm with a Nordic profile and a global mindset. Njord’s primary market covers the Nordic/Baltic region and Northern Europe, in particular Germany. NJORD has 200 employees at five offices – in Aarhus, Copenhagen, Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius.
6. Rimon Law – Website
Description: Rimon combines the personal service, collaboration, and agility of a high-end boutique law firm with the multidisciplinary global reach of an international firm. They specialize in corporate law, litigation, financial services, private client services, intellectual property, and tax law.
Location: US & Israel
7. Morrison Cohen – Website
Description: Morrison Cohen is an international law firm with attorneys specializing in all areas of law including international arbitration, real estate, mergers & acquisitions, and business law.
8. Royse Laws – Website
Description: Royse Law firm provides affordable, legal solutions for companies of all sizes with their tax team earning international recognition for experience and expertize in the financial sector.
Location: US and China.
9. Ogier – Website
Description: Ogier provides international legal services from nine jurisdictions worldwide. Practice areas include Banking and Finance, Corporate and Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Investment Funds, Private Client and Trusts and Regulatory.
Location: US, Europe, and Japan
10. Morrison Foerster – Website
Description: With a global network of 16 offices located in key technology and financial centers in the United States, Asia, and Europe, Morrison Foerster (MoFo) has clients ranging from the largest financial institutions to Fortune 100 companies.
Location: United States, Asia, and Europe
So there you have it. The top 10 law firms in the cryptocurrency, blockchain, and fintech space right now.
Know Any Other Law Firms Worth Mentioning?
New law firms appear all the time. And old, established ones are missed out. If you know any law firm worth mentioning here — offering their servcies in the cryptocurrency and blockchain domain — feel free to get in touch with us.
We will keep expanding this list and add more new credible companies soon.