Distributed ledgers, blockchains and smart contracts have the potential to transform business, government and society. Financial institutions, in particular, are exploring the possibilities that distributed ledger technology offers them to streamline and automate many of their processes and to offer new products and services.

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are the most high profile applications of these technologies. However, the range of potential applications extends far beyond cryptocurrencies and includes, for example, trade execution and settlement systems, trade finance, supply chain management, asset registration, identity management (including for anti-money laundering and know your client purposes) and corporate governance.

As financial institutions, governments and companies move from research and development to deployment of these transformative technologies, they need to consider carefully the potential legal and regulatory implications and risks.

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