Perkins Coie LLP

FinTech Legal Department

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What the team is known for Perkins Coie is regarded as the premier law firm for cryptocurrency and blockchain issues with perhaps the largest dedicated team in the country in this field. Their deep expertise allows them to holistically evaluate all aspects of a business model and to provide tailored regulatory guidance. They regularly advise on issues regarding anti-money laundering, securities and the broader ecosystem. The firm is also deeply engaged on the policy side, having sat on numerous SEC committees on proposed governance of the cryptocurrency space.

Strengths"I work on cross-border matters with them, particularly on FinTech legal and investment funds matters. The Perkins team are head and shoulders above all other US law firms in the FinTech space, in my experience."

"Highly intelligent attorneys who have practical business acumen and who know the regulatory landscape exceptionally well."

Work highlights Provided comprehensive legal counsel to Coinme, a Seattle-based cryptocurrency ATM startup, since its founding in 2014.

Notable practitioners

Dax Hansen
is the firm-wide chair of the blockchain technology and digital currency group. He is the leading figure and is recognised as a trailblazer in the field of cryptocurrency and blockchain. He advises on all manner of securities, regulatory and strategic issues. One client reports: "He has been in the FinTech space since day one. He comes at it from a genuinely deep understanding of the technology, and the purposes of the technology. People often don't understand what the tech is trying to do, but he understands it. There are a lot of lawyers that touch this, but he knows it all - securities law and 15 other legal regimes."

Lowell Ness
is specialised in dealing with securities law and corporate governance issues. He also advises emerging companies and investors on financing and M&A transactions in the FinTech space. A recognised leader in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space, he is able to advise a wide range of FinTech companies. "Lowell Ness is very personable, intelligent and well versed in all things FinTech," summarises one interviewee.