A Practical Guide to Smart Contracts and Blockchain Law
Industry leaders provide insightful analysis on the emerging legal issues and guidelines surrounding distributed ledger technology, Blockchain and smart contracts.
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As Aaron Grinhaus observes in A Practical Guide to Smart Contracts and Blockchain Law, “Financial technology has undergone a number of shifts throughout history: from the advent of barter … to this most recent shift from government regulated and controlled fictions of value to that governed by trustless confidence. However, the focus on the use and regulation, and thus the rules upon which we base the activities which engage financial technologies, remain base at their core."
This new publication casts a critical light on those rules, thereby providing a timely and comprehensive overview of legal issues relating to distributed ledger technology, Blockchain and smart contracts.
Written as a practical guide, this book is a valuable and accessible resource for anyone seeking to learn more about the trends, developments and legal landscape of Blockchain and other related financial technologies. The analysis of this evolving area is approached through an interdisciplinary lens that provides a holistic view of how emerging advances in Fintech law interact within new and existing legal frameworks.
A Practical Guide to Smart Contracts and Blockchain Law examines a broad range of topics, including securities issues, tax considerations, business structuring, proceeds of crime and anti-money laundering, smart contracts, fundraising and social causes, security issues for cryptographic assets wallets, insolvency law and risk management for lawyers.
Readers will benefit from:
- The expertise of industry leaders – Each chapter of the book is written by a professional at the forefront of Canada’s legal Fintech community
- A multidisciplinary approach – This is the only book on financial technologies offering an interdisciplinary view of how they affect other legal disciplines
- Practical guidance – This publication provides useful information that readers can readily apply to their legal practice or business
A Practical Guide to Smart Contracts and Blockchain Law would be an invaluable resource for:
- Corporate lawyers who advise clients on compliance requirements and setting up best practices for dealing with financial technology laws and the impact it has on other disciplines such as tax or insurance
- Technology lawyers who need to understand developing financial technology laws
- In-house lawyers working with Blockchains who need to advise on legal and regulatory considerations surrounding Fintech topics of due diligence and insurance
- Accountants who must become familiar with the tax treatment of digital assets
- Investment advisors who must apprise themselves of a burgeoning new asset class
- Entrepreneurs and businesses in the technology sector, who must be familiar with the shifting commercial and regulatory landscape
Table of contents
Chapter 1: Blockchain securities issues
1.1 Securities law considerations for blockchain/digital asset offerings
1.2 Airdrops, token bounties and dividends
1.3 Blockchain business structuring: Offshore foundations and international business companies
Chapter 2: Blockchain and digital asset tax issues
2.1 Overview of the taxation of cryptocurrencies
2.2 Blockchain business structuring and tax considerations
2.3 Indirect tax implications of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology
Chapter 3: Proceeds of crime and anti-money laundering issues with cryptographic assets
3.1 Anti-money laundering and cryptographic assets
3.2 Bitcoin teller machines and cryptocurrency exchanges
Chapter 4: The law of smart contracts
4.1 Introduction to smart contracts and the law
4.2 Smart contracts 101 – From a technical to a legal understanding
Chapter 5: Intellectual property in blockchain and distributed ledger technology
Chapter 6: Cryptocurrency for fundraising and social causes
Chapter 7: Securities issues for cryptographic asset wallets
Chapter 8: Treatment of cryptocurrency assets under Canadian insolvency law
Chapter 9: Risks for lawyers in practising in the blockchain space
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