Stikeman Elliott is at the forefront of Canadian legal developments in transformative blockchain technologies. Recently, our M&A, Financial Products & Services and Capital Markets teams have been involved in private placements, reverse take-overs and ICOs in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. This has given us unique insights into the regulatory framework and considerations faced by blockchain industry players.

We work with clients who apply blockchain technology in fields such as global payments and supply chain and advised on the creation of the first registered investment fund manager in Canada to focus exclusively on cryptocurrency investments.

Our blockchain expertise is drawn from a wide range of practices, including our Technology, Financial Products & Services, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Tax Groups, who advise on the application of Canadian laws to blockchain-based products, due diligence, anti-money laundering (AML) compliance, cybersecurity issues, data storage, outsourcing, and other forms of service provision to the industry.

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are developing faster than regulators can respond to them. Clients rely on Stikeman Elliott’s unparalleled regulatory expertise to anticipate and address regulatory responses from Canada’s financial services regulators as they continue to develop their policies and sharpen their expertise in this area.

Our Expertise

  • Anti-money laundering
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Compliance
  • Corporate/commercial agreements
  • Cryptocurrencies/digital currencies
  • Disruptive technologies
  • Fund formation
  • Go-public transactions
  • Initial coin offerings (ICOs)
  • Joint ventures
  • Regulatory