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FinTech & Digital Assets

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Our fintech and digital assets team provides strategic guidance and full-scale support to stakeholders across the blockchain, electronic payments, and distributed finance ecosystem. We advise developers, investors, and emerging companies in the fintech space on everything from product development and launch to consumer compliance, regulatory compliance, data integrity and strategic acquisitions. We also communicate with state and federal regulators and defend our clients in enforcement matters before the SEC, CFTC, and FinCEN.

Not least, we are one of the only legal teams in the country with substantive experience assisting scores of blockchain protocols in structuring, promoting and orchestrating legally sound and commercially viable token issuances, security token offerings and other types of token generation events. Our deep industry experience, together with our creative approach to troubleshooting complex legal issues, help clients overcome barriers to innovation so they can achieve their strategic objectives.

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    Courtney Rogers Perrin

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    Nashville, TN

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Electronic Payments

Our full-service team works with some of the world’s largest payment systems companies and network service providers on a wide range of transactional and general corporate matters. We also advise on mergers and strategic acquisitions, jurisdiction-specific tax/reporting requirements, and advanced regulatory matters involving securities laws and consumer privacy. Our team is well-versed in the opportunities presented by emerging mobile, electronic payment and digital asset technologies and in the innovation needed to compete in today’s global marketplace.

Representative Clients
  • Venture capital and private equity investors
  • Financial institutions
  • Independent sales organizations
  • Payment processors
  • Card brands
  • ATM and POS terminal manufacturers
  • Money service businesses
  • Network service providers
  • Payment gateways
  • Prepaid and stored value card program managers
  • Providers of check imaging, conversion, processing and verification services
  • Providers of electronic payment options to governmental entities
  • Providers of information services and payment verification systems to healthcare providers
  • Purchasers of residual streams and merchant portfolios

Digital Assets & DeFi

Our team has been, and remains, at the forefront of the cryptocurrency and DeFi arena. In the past five years alone, we’ve worked with numerous token developers — as well as those building the infrastructure of decentralized finance — to execute commercially successful ICOs, STOs, and other digital asset transactions.

We routinely advise exchanges, decentralized application (DAPP) providers and crypto investors on the regulatory and tax implications of digital asset transactions of varying size, complexity, and jurisdiction. In addition, we help clients institute compliance protocols to address federal/state securities laws, the Bank Secrecy Act, and FinCEN regulations including AML/KYC requirements.

Representative Clients
  • ICOs
  • Hedge Funds
  • Media Companies
  • Consulting Firms
  • Venture Capital
  • Consortia
  • Bitcoin ATM Operators
  • Money Transmitters
  • Identity Verification Services
  • Crypto Investors

Blockchain Technologies

We work with companies actively deploying blockchain solutions to remedy real-world problems spanning the health care, manufacturing, private equity, and real estate industries. We offer battle-tested, practical solutions covering all aspects of blockchain-based smart contracts, blockchain as a service (BaaS), and other distributed applications. 

We offer the full complement of services to companies at the forefront of emerging blockchain applications, ensuring that our clients’ legal bases are fully covered. Specifically, we assist with founder and advisor agreements, NFT license agreements, intellectual property registration and enforcement, M&A transactions, contract disputes, and data security/privacy considerations. 

Representative Clients
  • Blockchain protocol developers
  • Layer 1 and parachain application developers
  • Decentralized finance platforms
  • Centralized and decentralized digital asset exchanges
  • Mining operations
  • Non-fungible token (NFT) issuers and marketplaces
  • Decentralized Autonomous Organizations
  • Stablecoin sponsors 
  • Venture capital firms and hedge funds
  • Media Companies
  • Blockchain-based game developers
  • Metaverses
  • Nonprofit overseas blockchain foundations
  • Consulting Firms
  • Bitcoin ATM Operators

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Securities law analysis. Our team has reviewed scores of tokens on behalf of protocols, exchanges, DAOs, NFT minters and individuals for compliance with U.S. federal and state securities laws. More recently, we provided securities analysis for a governance token issued by a leading NFT issuer and platform.

Leading blockchain development company founded by prominent industry pioneers. We serve as counsel to a company whose open-source platform enables global enterprises to build, manage and scale robust blockchain-enabled ecosystems, backed by enterprise-grade service and support. We assist in analyzing and documenting fundraising transactions and provide legal advice regarding the design and functionality of decentralized finance and other protocols and digital tokens.

Multimillion-dollar international open-source research and development lab. Our ongoing representation includes preparing sponsorship agreements related to the client’s involvement in hackathons and accelerators in various countries. We also represent the client in lead and routine equity, SAFE and token investments in the FinTech startup space.

Acquisition of blockchain protocol company. We represented a top blockchain protocol company in its large stock purchase acquisition of a company focused on ZK rollup technology.

Counsel for e-commerce and technology-based clients. We provide experienced guidance on business and regulatory considerations to online retailers and other remote sellers, logistic companies, marketplace providers and facilitators, cloud-based service providers, as well as AI, blockchain and cryptocurrency mining businesses. Our support for such clients ranges from multi-state and local tax compliance to legislative, planning, regulatory, and controversy matters.

Corporate formation and licensing agreements. Our team has significant experience drafting and negotiating founder documents, advisor documents, and securities token offering documents. This experience extends to the fast-growing NFT marketplace, where we routinely assist with licensing agreements, vendor negotiations, and terms and conditions for NFT issuers and platforms.

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