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Distributed ledger technologies, including blockchain, will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the way companies in all sectors, and many governments operate. As with any disruptive technology, blockchain presents tremendous opportunities but may also raise legal, regulatory, and business challenges. 

Covington has broad-based experience across the many industries in which this technology will be deployed. The firm is uniquely positioned to advise clients in connection with policy, regulatory, litigation, enforcement and investigations, privacy and data security, consumer protection, and transactional matters relating to distributed ledger technology.

Our team includes more than 120 former government and enforcement officials, including the former U.S. Attorney, a former Prime Minister, and a member of the UK House of Lords, who can offer our clients exceptional insight as they navigate complex regulatory, legal, policy, and litigation issues relating to the adoption of disruptive technologies. We provide comprehensive, interdisciplinary advice to clients looking to acquire, adopt, evaluate, or litigate matters relating to distributed ledger technology.

Covington advises clients of all sizes in connection with a broad array of legal and business matters at the cross-section of technology innovation and regulation, including blockchain, in relation to: 

  • Global, federal, and state regulatory frameworks
  • Financial services regulatory enforcement and investigations, including Anti-Money Laundering advice
  • Insurance coverage and disputes
  • Data privacy and cybersecurity
  • Commercial litigation
  • Public policy and government affairs
  • Technology transactions
  • Mergers and acquisitions 
  • Venture capital and private investments
  • Capital markets and securities
  • Futures and derivatives regulation 
  • Tax
  • US News/Best Lawyers, Law Firm of the Year – Financial Services Regulation Law (2016)
  • Chambers USA, Financial Services Regulation (2016)
  • Chambers UK, Financial Services: Non-Contentious Regulatory (2015)
  • Chambers Global, Banking and Finance: Regulatory (2016)
  • Chambers USA, Securities: Regulation (2016)
  • Legal 500 US, Financial Services: Regulatory and Litigation (2016)