Authors: Kyle A. Owens & Erin F. Fonté

Cryptocurrencies have captured the imaginations of individuals and emerging businesses drawn to their potential to serve as alternative stores of value, to reduce transaction costs by eliminating intermediaries, and―most notably in popular culture and media―to provide eye-catching opportunities for speculative investing. Coin valuations for well-established players Bitcoin and Ethereum have fallen sharply since late 2017/early 2018, and new players continue to enter and leave the marketplace. As noted previously in this blog, regulators are taking interest.

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Author: Michael Bacina - Partner, Piper Alderman

Piper Alderman’s Blockchain Group has been at the forefront of the blockchain revolution, advising leading Australian and international projects using this exciting new technology to gain greater business efficiencies, forge new business models and disrupt incumbent intermediaries. We regularly present explainers on Blockchain, and in this article we set out a primer and some examples of how Blockchain technology operates, to assist you in understanding some key concepts in the technology.

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Author: Matthew Blakebrough

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), and their tokens, have changed dramatically during the course of 2018. 

Back in January, Blockchain events in London were full of millennials living off appreciating cryptocurrency assets, spending their days and nights trading utility tokens from the latest ICO to hit the chatrooms of Reddit or flash up on Telegram.

Nine months on, things have changed due to the decline in value of many cryptocurrencies and the market 'wising up' to the fact that anywhere between 75% and 95% of unregulated utility token based ICOs being a sham. The days of individuals living off the appreciating value of their crypto assets seem to be far behind us.

Read more: Security Tokens – Are we witnessing the merger of crypto and traditional financial markets?


McLeod Law is pleased to announce that it is one of the first law firms in Canada to accept payment for legal services in cryptocurrency. Led by our Fintech group, McLeod Law is now making this option available to select clients as an alternative payment method.

Using Coinsquare a cryptocurrency exchange provider, we were able to securely accept our first payment in Bitcoin. The Coinsquare platform allows us to securely accept Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ether and other digital currencies. McLeod Law has been active in Canada’s digital currency community since 2013, at a time when the industry was in the early days and just starting to take shape.

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Author: Simon Stokes

The House of Commons Treasury Committee has just published its Report on Digital Currencies – or as it now prefers to call them "crypto-assets" as they are not really currencies at all, at least not at the moment.  The Report's conclusions are that the area clearly needs regulating by the FCA – at a minimum the Report recommends that the issuance of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and crypto exchange services are regulated. See here.

Read more: Regulating the "wild west" of digital currencies, crypto-assets, ICOs and smart contracts