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Cryptocurrency

We are one of the only legal teams in our footprint with substantive experience helping scores of token developers and investors, as well as those building the infrastructure of decentralized finance, to plan and execute legally sound ICOs, STOs, and other digital asset transactions. Our attorneys represent some of the best-known names in the industry and have consistently been at the forefront of emerging blockchain applications in health care, manufacturing, private equity and real estate.

We work with companies actively deploying blockchain solutions to remedy real-world problems and other clients who are utilizing digital currencies and initial coin offerings as part of their funding and growth strategies. We also advise exchanges, decentralized application (DAPP) providers and crypto investors on the regulatory and tax implications of digital asset transactions of varying size, complexity, and jurisdiction. Where necessary, we communicate with state and federal regulators and defend our clients in enforcement matters before the SEC, CFTC, and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

With an exceptional range of skillsets, including commercial law, compliance, financial services, and litigation, our cryptocurrency team is fully equipped to help clients develop and implement marketing-leading blockchain and digital currency strategies.

Area of Focus Contacts

  • J. Gray Sasser Profile Image
    J. Gray Sasser

    Member

    Nashville, TN

  • John S. Wagster Profile Image
    John S. Wagster

    Member

    Nashville, TN

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Core Capabilities

We offer battle-tested, practical solutions covering all aspects of decentralized finance and regulation, including:

  • Tokenized equity and security token offerings (STOs).
  • ICOs structured as Reg A+ and Reg S offerings.
  • Federal and “blue sky” securities laws.
  • Data privacy and information security.
  • Contract disputes.
  • SEC, CFTC, IRS, and FinCEN actions.
  • Corporate and fund formation.
  • Tax considerations for crypto transactions.
  • Intellectual property registration and dispute resolution.
  • Distributed applications (DAPPs).
  • Blockchain as a service (BaaS).

Representative Clients

We serve as trusted advisors to clients spanning the blockchain ecosystem, including:

  • ICOs
  • Hedge Funds
  • Media Companies
  • Consulting Firms
  • Venture Capital
  • Consortia
  • Bitcoin ATM Operators
  • Money Transmitters
  • Identity Verification Services
  • Crypto-investors

In the News

Explore the latest cryptocurrency-related news stories for which our attorneys lent their perspective:

Is DeFi a Bubble? Experts Weigh In On Hype vs. Value,” Finance Magnates, July 9, 2020

The US Congress’ Digital Dollar Hearing is Today: All You Need to Know,” Finance Magnates, June 11, 2020

“French Court Moves the BTC Chess Piece – How Will Regulators Respond?,” Cointelegraph (March 2020)

“What Blockchain Companies Need To Do To Succeed,” CMS Wire (June 2019)

“FATCA in Focus – Are Foreign Cryptocurrency Companies Subject to FATCA,” Financial Advisor Magazine (June 2019)

“What’s Next: Zuckerberg Gets Deepfaked + Quick Takes on Facebook’s Libra + Data Breach Class Action Headaches,” Law.com (June 2019)

“What Are The Benefits of Blockchain in the Music Industry,” Disruptor Daily (May 2019)

“Beyond bitcoin: Local experts talk business uses for blockchain,” Louisville Business First (May 2019)

“Have the SEC’s Telegram & Kik Cases Brought Clarity to Crypto?,” Finance Magnates (May 2019)

“#BlockchainProfiles – Meet John Wagster of Frost Brown Todd LLC,” FintekNews (April 2019)

“Energy: Lawyers, Guns, and Cryptocurrency,” The Motley Fool Podcast (February 2019)

“Op Ed: From Gray To Black And White: Traditional Regulations Come To Crypto,” Bitcoin Magazine (December 2018)

“Blockchain Law with Wags – Episode 191,” The Bad Crypto Podcast (October 2018)

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