Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Law
Ever since the debut of Bitcoin, Ifrah Law has been at the forefront of the cryptocurrency movement, counseling companies on the best ways to utilize the digital revolution of blockchain in their own business models.
Ifrah’s attorneys have always been trail blazers, and our ability to brainstorm ways to leverage this concept of a decentralized peer-to-peer network has long been a valued asset to our clients. Representing pioneers in the interactive entertainment and financial services industries, we have accumulated deep experience shaping programs for companies to enhance their products and their bottom line while staying within the bounds of the still-evolving regulatory landscape.
Ifrah Law’s prime positioning at the intersection of finance, technology and government regulation enables us to effectively counsel companies on the cutting edge of cryptocurrency.
- We advise companies like Ethereum on ways to take advantage of blockchain platforms while remaining compliant with pertinent regulations, both domestically and abroad.
- We have structured ICOs (initial coin offerings) with valuations in the hundreds of millions of dollars for such companies as Unikrn, ConsenSys and FunFair.
- We counsel clients on cryptocurrency issues such as payment and licensing, consumer protection requirements, and data privacy, with special attention to the growing scrutiny of digital currencies by state attorneys general and federal agencies like the SEC, CFTC and FTC.
- We draft internal policies to ensure corporate compliance with anti-money laundering laws, banking and securities regulations, and international requirements.
Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued an investor bulletin and an investigative report. The investigative report found that companies involved in sales of digital assets via distributed ledger or blockchain technology may be engaged in conduct subject to federal securities laws. While this report is the first of its kind to address initial… Read More
Cryptocurrency is the latest trend to be embraced by celebrities, so much so that the federal government this month issued a warning about the possible risks involved. Both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have made clear that if a celebrity is being paid to promote a product… Read More
The unregulated nature of virtual currencies like Bitcoin plays a big role in their appeal. However, wild swings in prices in addition to the perception that these markets are subject to manipulation, make it difficult—if not impossible—for the average person to rely heavily on Bitcoin and other virtual currencies as a currency, much less as… Read More
Bitcoin and a host of cryptocurrencies have taken both Wall Street and Main Street by storm in 2017. The nearly continuous gains in the price of Bitcoin have spawned numerous imitators and led a number of companies to raise critical start-up funds by selling their own token/cryptocurrency in a process similar to an initial public… Read More
Cryptocurrencies (e.g. Bitcoin) took the broader public by storm in 2017 and had a breakout year. There were outsized and even unprecedented returns, along with extreme volatility and even more extreme volatility. The question for 2018 is whether cryptocurrencies had their “fifteen minutes of fame” or they are here to stay? Blockchain technology (which is… Read More
In a paradox of sorts, cryptocurrency’s continued survival may hinge on its submission to greater regulatory oversight. Such a notion is paradoxical in the sense that cryptocurrency’s origins can be traced to a “stick it to the man” mentality in which currency is decentralized and not tied to any one governmental body. Thus, submitting to… Read More