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Fintech and Cryptocurrency

Fintech and Crypto

At Forum, we are at the forefront of legal developments responding to the explosion in crypto-currencies, crypto-assets and other forms of financial technology (fintech). New developments in fintech do not easily fit within existing conceptual categories in English law. At Forum, we have thought about and are ready to answer these questions. Our barristers were successful in AA v Bitfinex, the case that established that Bitcoin is property under English law, and have subsequently acted and advised in many other cases in this rapidly growing area of law.

Forum’s barristers have been instructed regularly on Cryptocurrency disputes, especially litigation involving stolen bitcoin tokens. We frequently act on injunctions to freeze digital assets by way of Bankers Trusts Orders in the London Commercial Court.

At Forum, we handle all kinds of cases relating to blockchain technology. We are able to advise on cases involving cryptocurrency scams, price manipulation, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and breaches of regulatory rules.

We also regularly advise fintech companies providing innovative payment services and e-money products on the regulatory obligations to which they are subject. We are used to dealing with enquiries, investigations and regulatory action taken by the FCA and the Payments Systems Regulator.

Members of Forum have established relationships with experts in cyber-security and are able to understand how algorithms may be used or manipulated. Our barristers are also able to advise financial institutions on the growth in regulatory technology (RegTech).

Fintech & Cryptocurrency Cases

  • AA v Bitfinex: Leading case establishing that crypto-currencies are property for the purposes of English law.
  • Re R: Advising and representing a family office investor in a £4 million breach of contract claim in relation to services provided to a FinTech lending business.
  • FCA v Allied Wallet Ltd: Acting for fintech payment services provider in a regulatory investigation and enforcement proceedings brought by the FCA.
  • C v P: Acting on behalf of a cryptocurrency exchange in a Singapore arbitration relating to an alleged breach of an IT security agreement.
  • David McIlroy has written the chapter on ‘Digital Contract and Sale of Goods Law’ for the forthcoming encylopaedia on Financial Technology and Digital Commercial Law (Oxford University Press, 2022).

Barristers specialising in Fintech & Cryptocurrency services

Call – 1995

Call – 2000

Call – 2009

Call – 2010

Call – 2012

Call – 2014

Call – 2017

Call – 2017

Call – 2019