11 October 2019

Bird & Bird's blockchain book

Firm launches international report on the potential application of blockchain and offers insight into criteria for fresh regulation.


Bird & Bird has launched a report, ‘Blockchains uncut: risks, rewards and regulations’ exploring the potential application of blockchain technologies and highlights where new regulation may be needed.

Regulation needed

The report outlines the various issues that businesses are facing now and will face in the coming years. It explains the technology, its advantages and disadvantages and examines some of the legal considerations and how they apply across certain jurisdictions. A general theme throughout the report, in determining the way ahead for blockchain technologies, is that there is a need for governments and regulators to draw a distinction between where new regulation is genuinely needed to minimise risk and provide protection, and where existing laws and regulations already meet those criteria. The report discusses how fresh regulation, when it comes, should aim to provide confidence, stability, and certainty for blockchain users in financial services and other sectors.

Still in Infancy

Jonathan Emmanuel, partner in the Financial Services practice at Bird & Bird says “Blockchains are widely regarded as one of the most important technologies of the future, with the potential to disrupt a wide range of industries. Venture capitalist investment in blockchain start-ups has surged. More and more blockchain projects are moving from the R&D phase towards real life adoption.  It's an exciting time and we expect this space to grow tremendously over the next few years. However, blockchain technologies are still in their infancy - this report aims to decipher both the technical and legal issues so project sponsors can ask the right questions and make informed decisions.” The report is part of Bird & Bird’s international blockchain initiative led by Mr Emmanuel with contributions from partners across a range of practices. The report can be downloaded here. https://sites-twobirds.vuture.net/5/52/newsletter-sign-ups/blockchain-report-country-selection.asp

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