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Blockchain and Financial Technology (FinTech)

Blockchain and Financial Technology (FinTech) promise to revolutionize the future of business, law and finance. Growth of the digital economy will be driven significantly by the application of blockchain (a decentralized digital record of transactional and other activity) and distributed ledger technology (DLT) more generally, both alone and in combination with other emerging technologies, including cloud computing, artificial intelligence and the Internet of things (IoT). As blockchain and FinTech applications disrupt traditional business models and expand into new sectors, Cravath’s depth of experience advising on cutting‑edge issues, often in uncharted territory, uniquely positions the Firm to partner with clients exploring opportunities and facing challenges inherent in these new areas of business and law.

Cravath brings extensive legal expertise and exceptional business judgment to a range of matters involving the rapidly evolving landscape of blockchain and FinTech. Our team of corporate and litigation lawyers provides comprehensive advice to clients on the legal issues most important to their growth and investment in this area, including transactional, regulatory, litigation, strategic and policy matters.

The Cravath team is led by David J. Kappos, one of the world’s foremost leaders in technology and intellectual property, and includes partners from each of our leading practice areas, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, banking and credit, tax, intellectual property, antitrust, commercial litigation, securities litigation and investigations. The depth of expertise Cravath delivers from each of these practice areas is unparalleled, and ensures that our clients have access to complete representation as they explore the technology promising to define the future of our global economy.

Cravath’s most recent blockchain and FinTech matters have involved mobile and online payments, blockchain‑related financing, banking and cash management, electronic financial transaction devices, and several other technology-enabled financial products and solutions. In addition, we have advised on privacy management in blockchain environments, including data privacy regulation under the GDPR. Our clients range from established sector leaders looking to invest, to early stage growth companies. At both ends of the spectrum, Cravath’s multidisciplinary team delivers the Firm’s hallmark ability to advise companies on unprecedented areas of law—providing experienced counsel as clients pursue opportunities and navigate the regulatory, legal and business challenges inherent in blockchain and FinTech.