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Capital Markets / Blockchain

Blockchain technology and initial coin offerings (ICO) have spawned innovative and technologies and breakthrough financial products. Companies operating in this field face complex and cross-border legal issues, while regulators around the world are grappling with solutions for the challenges this new technology poses.

We accompany leading players in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. The team advises blockchain startups, companies looking to set up crypto trading platforms, and established companies developing blockchain-based products. We also advise investment funds in the crypto industry and companies seeking regulatory licenses. 

 

Our services include providing legal counsel on coin/token offerings, including those classified as securities token offerings (STO), initial exchange offerings (IEO), the implications of securities laws on digital currency classification, taxation, privacy protection, and compliance with anti-money laundering and know your client (KYC) procedures.

 

Our legal assistance extends throughout the offering process, including whitepaper drafting and regulatory compliance. The legal services we provide encompass issues pertaining to tax, commercial law, corporate law, banking, and intellectual property.

 

Our firm works with an extensive network of expert advisors and service providers, in both Israel and abroad, enabling us to maximize legal protection for our clients in the technology and marketing fields as well.

 

As part of our practice, we also advise companies on how to establish digital currency trading platforms, on how to set up and use exchanges and e-wallets, and on how to launch funds for investing in digital tokens and blockchain technology ventures.

 

Local legal guide Dun’s 100 ranks the firm in the first tier of the Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies field.

 

Dr. Zvi Gabbay, a former regulator, leads the team. Zvi served as head of enforcement and a member of management of the Israel Securities Authority. His experience with the Israel Securities Authority enables him to provide solutions for clients’ regulatory challenges in the area.

 

 

News and updates - Capital Markets / Blockchain:


April 17, 2021

Blockchain and Real Estate

Globes has dedicated its Real Estate Supplement for Israel's Independence Day to real estate innovation. Dr. Zvi Gabbay was asked to publish a guest column discussing the implementation of blockchain technology that enables the registration and performance of digital operations through a distributed network of computers in the real estate field. According to Zvi, once land registration is also based on blockchain, buyers will be able to purchase real estate property and take out a mortgage in exactly the same way online purchases are made today.

July 6, 2020

Israel: How to Identify Suspicious Use of Virtual Currencies

Prompted by the use of digital currencies to fund terror and other illegal activity, the Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority has published a document aimed at assisting financial bodies and law enforcement agencies to identify improper activity in this field.

April 28, 2020

Libra 2.0 – From Global Currency to a Payment Method on Facebook’s Platform

After Libra, Facebook’s ambitious global digital currency venture, faced fierce resistance from regulators around the world, Facebook has announced “Libra 2.0.” The venture is set to undergo far-reaching changes that, on the one hand, will likely do away with regulatory concerns, but, on the other, will force Facebook to give up its original vision, i.e. a quick and simple transfer of digital currencies between accepted users worldwide without the need for a bank account.

Capital Markets / Blockchain

Blockchain technology and initial coin offerings (ICO) have spawned innovative and technologies and breakthrough financial products. Companies operating in this field face complex and cross-border legal issues, while regulators around the world are grappling with solutions for the challenges this new technology poses.

We accompany leading players in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. The team advises blockchain startups, companies looking to set up crypto trading platforms, and established companies developing blockchain-based products. We also advise investment funds in the crypto industry and companies seeking regulatory licenses. 

 

Our services include providing legal counsel on coin/token offerings, including those classified as securities token offerings (STO), initial exchange offerings (IEO), the implications of securities laws on digital currency classification, taxation, privacy protection, and compliance with anti-money laundering and know your client (KYC) procedures.

 

Our legal assistance extends throughout the offering process, including whitepaper drafting and regulatory compliance. The legal services we provide encompass issues pertaining to tax, commercial law, corporate law, banking, and intellectual property.

 

Our firm works with an extensive network of expert advisors and service providers, in both Israel and abroad, enabling us to maximize legal protection for our clients in the technology and marketing fields as well.

 

As part of our practice, we also advise companies on how to establish digital currency trading platforms, on how to set up and use exchanges and e-wallets, and on how to launch funds for investing in digital tokens and blockchain technology ventures.

 

Local legal guide Dun’s 100 ranks the firm in the first tier of the Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies field.

 

Dr. Zvi Gabbay, a former regulator, leads the team. Zvi served as head of enforcement and a member of management of the Israel Securities Authority. His experience with the Israel Securities Authority enables him to provide solutions for clients’ regulatory challenges in the area.

 

 

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P. Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, FinTech, Regulation

News and updates - Capital Markets:


April 17, 2021

Blockchain and Real Estate

Globes has dedicated its Real Estate Supplement for Israel's Independence Day to real estate innovation. Dr. Zvi Gabbay was asked to publish a guest column discussing the implementation of blockchain technology that enables the registration and performance of digital operations through a distributed network of computers in the real estate field. According to Zvi, once land registration is also based on blockchain, buyers will be able to purchase real estate property and take out a mortgage in exactly the same way online purchases are made today.

July 6, 2020

Israel: How to Identify Suspicious Use of Virtual Currencies

Prompted by the use of digital currencies to fund terror and other illegal activity, the Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority has published a document aimed at assisting financial bodies and law enforcement agencies to identify improper activity in this field.

April 28, 2020

Libra 2.0 – From Global Currency to a Payment Method on Facebook’s Platform

After Libra, Facebook’s ambitious global digital currency venture, faced fierce resistance from regulators around the world, Facebook has announced “Libra 2.0.” The venture is set to undergo far-reaching changes that, on the one hand, will likely do away with regulatory concerns, but, on the other, will force Facebook to give up its original vision, i.e. a quick and simple transfer of digital currencies between accepted users worldwide without the need for a bank account.

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