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Capital Markets / ICOs

Blockchain technology and distributed ledger technology (DLT) have empowered businesses to raise capital through the distribution of digital tokens or cryptocurrencies, which is known as an initial coin offering (ICO for short, but often also referred to as an initial token offering or ITO), and to use smart contracts to facilitate transactions.

This means of crowdfunding is generating a wave of new technologies and financial products, as well as fresh and complex legal issues that are both innovative and cross-border in nature.

 

Financial and tax regulators around the world are increasingly grappling with how to address the challenges this new technology poses. In addition, financial institutions (as banks) are developing their own terms with respect to their positions regarding these digital tokens, the transactions associated with them, and the service providers working in this industry (such as e-wallets and trading platforms).

 

The expertise possessed by both Barnea’s Capital Markets and Internet & Gaming Departments regarding leading players in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry enables us to robustly support clients facing challenges. We advise startups, established companies, investment funds, and financial institutions on how to manage the risks inherent in this field.

 

As a leading law firm in this arena, we have acquired a network of expert advisers and service providers, in both Israel and abroad, for both the legal aspects and the technology, consulting, and marketing aspects of this field. We provide our clients with up-to-date legal services, built on our strong understanding of the blockchain industry and the ICO process – both in offering utilities tokens and securities tokens.

 

Our services include legal advice on structuring the proper way to issue a digital currency / digital token, taking the ICO end-to-end, whitepaper drafting, and regulatory compliance. The legal services we provide are comprehensive and encompass issues pertaining to tax, commercial law, corporate law, banking, and intellectual property.

 

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

 

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News and updates - Capital Markets / ICOs:


June 12, 2019

ICO 2.0 - The IEO Financing Model

With the initial coin offering (ICO) era considered over, it seems there is a new tool for financing - the initial exchange offering (IEO). This method of financing is more transparent and reliable for investors, entrepreneurs, and markets, providing partial solutions to the many disadvantages exposed in ICO financing.

March 21, 2019

ISA Makes First-Time Decision on How Cryptocurrency Asset Offerings Will Be Regulated

The committee appointed by the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) to examine regulation of cryptocurrency offerings to the public has published the outline of its regulatory policy in a final report submitted to the ISA chairman. The committee recommended focusing on regulatory models that offer structural flexibility.

January 14, 2019

Event Invite: 2019 ICO Regulation – Global Experts Discuss

Join Barnea and Baker Mckenzie for an expert discussion on how best to participate in blockchain/ICO technological innovation in light of the latest global regulatory trends.

Capital Markets / ICOs

Blockchain technology and distributed ledger technology (DLT) have empowered businesses to raise capital through the distribution of digital tokens or cryptocurrencies, which is known as an initial coin offering (ICO for short, but often also referred to as an initial token offering or ITO), and to use smart contracts to facilitate transactions.

This means of crowdfunding is generating a wave of new technologies and financial products, as well as fresh and complex legal issues that are both innovative and cross-border in nature.

 

Financial and tax regulators around the world are increasingly grappling with how to address the challenges this new technology poses. In addition, financial institutions (as banks) are developing their own terms with respect to their positions regarding these digital tokens, the transactions associated with them, and the service providers working in this industry (such as e-wallets and trading platforms).

 

The expertise possessed by both Barnea’s Capital Markets and Internet & Gaming Departments regarding leading players in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry enables us to robustly support clients facing challenges. We advise startups, established companies, investment funds, and financial institutions on how to manage the risks inherent in this field.

 

As a leading law firm in this arena, we have acquired a network of expert advisers and service providers, in both Israel and abroad, for both the legal aspects and the technology, consulting, and marketing aspects of this field. We provide our clients with up-to-date legal services, built on our strong understanding of the blockchain industry and the ICO process – both in offering utilities tokens and securities tokens.

 

Our services include legal advice on structuring the proper way to issue a digital currency / digital token, taking the ICO end-to-end, whitepaper drafting, and regulatory compliance. The legal services we provide are comprehensive and encompass issues pertaining to tax, commercial law, corporate law, banking, and intellectual property.

 

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

 

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News and updates - Capital Markets:


June 12, 2019

ICO 2.0 - The IEO Financing Model

With the initial coin offering (ICO) era considered over, it seems there is a new tool for financing - the initial exchange offering (IEO). This method of financing is more transparent and reliable for investors, entrepreneurs, and markets, providing partial solutions to the many disadvantages exposed in ICO financing.

March 21, 2019

ISA Makes First-Time Decision on How Cryptocurrency Asset Offerings Will Be Regulated

The committee appointed by the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) to examine regulation of cryptocurrency offerings to the public has published the outline of its regulatory policy in a final report submitted to the ISA chairman. The committee recommended focusing on regulatory models that offer structural flexibility.

January 14, 2019

Event Invite: 2019 ICO Regulation – Global Experts Discuss

Join Barnea and Baker Mckenzie for an expert discussion on how best to participate in blockchain/ICO technological innovation in light of the latest global regulatory trends.

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