Blockchain Technology, NFTs and Cryptoassets

Baker Botts has extensive knowledge and broad-based experience to provide our clients with multifaceted advice on distributed ledger technologies (DLT) – including blockchain - and other disruptive technologies.

From assisting future innovators with new ideas ready to launch into the metaverse, to providing seamless advice to the world’s largest blue-chip organizations on the ways in which DLT can be used to enhance their current business and operational needs, the Baker Botts Team prioritizes our client’s business goals from the outset.

Our lawyers offer a combination of deep global technology experience with regulatory and financial services knowledge. Our multi-jurisdictional team regularly advise market leaders on the ever-evolving crypto regulatory landscape and includes lawyers with first-hand experience of working in enforcement for the biggest financial regulatory bodies.

Who We Are

Business-Minded Solutions. Our lawyers understand that no two businesses are the same: inside or outside of the metaverse, and our solutions and transaction structures are tailored to meet, adapt and evolve with our client’s requirements, in order that they can focus on advancing their businesses and meeting the needs of their communities.

Global Regulatory Taskforce. Regulations affecting cryptoasset businesses, cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and other assets or transactions in the metaverse are constantly developing and vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction - from the SEC and the CFTC (United States) to the FCA (United Kingdom). Our financial regulatory lawyers are passionate about this sector and are proactive in understanding the latest rules, laws, guidelines, and pipeline changes, in order to best support and advise our clients. Our lawyers are also experienced with assisting disruptive technology clients in responding to regulatory investigation and enforcement matters.

FinTech Experience. From the innovators in Silicon Valley and Texas-based accelerators to the entrepreneurs stationed in the FinTech capital of Europe: London, we are strategically placed to advise clients on a broad spectrum of corporate finance: from Seed/Series A /initial VC investment through to major institutional investment and/or IPO/SPAC, we are proud to have worked alongside many of the world's leading FinTech businesses from day 1.

Industry Experience. Our lawyers combine in-house career experience at the world's largest regulatory authorities and the biggest financial institutions with top tier transactional experience. We have worked with organizations in: developing NFT marketplaces, creating and enforcing smart contracts, setting up blockchain related cross-border payment systems, advising decentralized autonomous organizations in missions and development, developing a digital-only retail bank for a U.S. headquartered global bank, and preparing regulatory license applications for leading global payment services providers.

What We Do

Corporate Structuring.

  • Business Incorporation and Group Structuring
  • DAO / Foundation Establishment
  • Protection of Founder / Shareholder / Investor Rights
  • Global Taxation Planning
  • M&A
  • Further Investment / Exit Planning
  • Start-Up / Emerging Companies
  • Deal Terms and Execution

Regulatory & Investigations.

  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Fundraising (traditional / SPAC / DeFi / ICO)
  • Perimeter guidance to determine applicability of FS regulation, including token analysis for regulatory purposes (security / utility / hybrid)
  • Cross-border FinReg assistance
  • M&A Regulatory due diligence
  • Assistance with Regulatory investigations and Enforcement matters

Intellectual Property.

  • Smart Contracts
  • Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)
  • Protection of IP rights
  • Patents
  • Global IP registration
  • Data protection and Privacy
  • KYC / AML compliance


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