DLA Piper LLP

FinTech Legal Department

London
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What the team is known for DLA Piper is a global law firm with strong coverage across continental Europe and in the UK. Its London office is active on issues pertaining to tokenisation, blockchain projects and cryptocurrencies, as well as giving acquisition or investment advice across both sides of transactions. The firm is often consulted by regulatory bodies such as the UK Crypto Asset Taskforce, and was recently asked by the FCA to write a white paper on blockchain and cryptoassets.

Strengths"DLA's offices work very effectively together across time zones and present a consistent look and feel. The firm has some very talented individuals supported by an effective set of specialist groups, so work is always done by the most appropriate person."

"We're their client and we spent some time with the team exploring new structures that we could take to the market. Their out-of-the-box thinking was a particular strength, as well as the team's focus on results rather than hours spent on the project - that was a welcome relief."

Work highlights Advised Archax on the establishment of an institutional-grade exchange for trading digital assets in the UK.

Notable practitioners Martin Bartlam is FinTech global co-chair at DLA Piper and an experienced technology lawyer. He is a key contact.