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Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

At the Vanguard of the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Industries

Bracewell's multidisciplinary team is uniquely positioned to advise on the legal, regulatory, transactional and policy issues involving cryptocurrency and digital tokens, as well as the blockchain and the distributed ledger technologies on which they are based. Our diverse experience across practice areas gives us the practical knowledge necessary to advise clients on the emerging trends and developments particular to each industry. 

Our cryptocurrency and blockchain lawyers advise clients on issues related to:

  • cryptocurrencies and other digital assets, and related spot and derivatives exchanges and trading platforms
  • security and utility tokens, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and stablecoins and their ecosytstems
  • changes to wholesale and retail payment and settlement systems and central bank digital currencies
  • decentralized finance (DeFi) networks, protocols and strategies
  • smart contracts and token governance structures
  • development and implementation of blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies, particularly in the energy and agricultural sectors
  • tokenization of physical assets
  • crypto mining and related energy and environmental considerations
  • initiatives and proposed regulation and legislation by US and foreign regulators, legislators and global institutions, including the World Economic Forum, International Monetary Fund and Bank for International Settlements

What makes Bracewell unique is that we come from inside the government. Our team includes former high-ranking officials from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Because of this deep government experience, we understand the inner workings of these and other agencies, and can effectively help clients navigate the regulatory framework applicable to these rapidly evolving industries. We can also manage the various enforcement inquiries and investigations that the cryptocurrency community currently faces and the DeFi and NFT industries will soon face. 

We draw on our strengths in the financial, energy and technology industries in representing companies and individuals in the cryptocurrency, digital asset, DeFi and blockchain communities on transactional, regulatory, white collar investigations and litigation, government relations and strategic communications matters. Our crypto lawyers have significant experience representing cryptocurrency exchanges, corporations utilizing blockchain technologies, bitcoin mining companies, generation utilities and other participants in the broader cryptocurrency and DeFi industries on various issues, including:

  • commodities and derivatives enforcement, investigations and litigation
  • securities enforcement, investigations and litigation
  • anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism finance compliance
  • economic sanctions
  • cybersecurity and data breaches
  • public policy, legislative and regulatory advocacy
  • M&A, joint ventures and corporate governance
  • secured lending and UCC issues
  • token and digital asset securities offerings
  • blockchain and smart contract platforms
  • intellectual property rights and technology transactions
  • environmental matters
  • tax structuring

Recognized Excellence

Our lawyers and practices are consistently ranked among the best in the legal industry, including in areas of vital interest to the cryptocurrency and digital token industries.

  • Chambers Global – USA Electricity – Regulatory and Litigation; USA Electricity – Transactional
  • Chambers USA – Nationwide Electricity – Regulatory and Litigation; Nationwide Electricity – Transactional; Nationwide Government Relations; New York Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations; Texas Banking & Finance; Texas Corporate/M&A; Texas Litigation: White Collar Crime and Government Investigations; Texas Intellectual Property; Texas Technology & Outsourcing
  • IFLR1000 – US Banking; US M&A; UK Bank Lending: Borrower Side and Lender Side; UK M&A
  • Legal 500 US – Commercial Lending; Dispute Resolution: Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense; Dispute Resolution: Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense: Advise to Individuals; General Commercial Disputes; Energy Litigation: Electric Power; Energy Regulation: Electric Power; Energy Transactions – Electric Power; Government Relations; Outsourcing: Technology Transactions
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers – National Corporate Law (Tier 1); National Criminal Defense: White Collar (Tier 1); National Energy Law (Tier 1); National Technology Law; Houston Criminal Defense: White Collar; Houston Energy Law (Tier 1); Houston Technology Law; New York Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Tier 1); New York Energy Law (Tier 1); Washington, DC Criminal Defense: General Practice; Washington, DC Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Washington, DC Energy Law (Tier 1); Washington, DC Government Relations Practice
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