The Isle of Man certainly felt like the centre of the bitcoin universe during the first Crypto Valley Summit held on 17 and 18 September 2014. Entrepreneurs and digital currency specialists from all over the world descended on the sunny Isle of Man to learn more about the Island's initiatives to welcome crypto-currency businesses and become a world leader in this industry. The Island has already attracted many leading companies in this industry to set up substantive operations here.

DQ's head of regulatory & compliance services, Sinead O'Connor, who attended both days of the Summit commented:

"The atmosphere was unique amongst business conferences with a tangible passion in the air for the crypto-currency sector and immense pride in the Isle of Man for what it is doing to support businesses interested in the Island as a location of choice. The supportive, pro business attitude of the Isle of Man government was a constant theme among the overseas delegates and senior government representatives were there in force. Whilst the challenges to the industry, such as regulation and access to banking services were openly debated, there was also emphasis on the quality of professional services and infrastructure that the Island can provide to cyrpto-currency providers wishing to establish on the Isle of Man. An interesting development this week was that many overseas delegates fell in love with the Island during their visit and were visiting estate agents, such was their passion for setting up business on, and relocating to, the Isle of Man. We at DQ echo the comments of one of the industry's leading figures, Brock Pierce, who rightly described the island as the "crypto-currency capital of the world."

DQ's Team

DQ is one of the Isle of Man's leading law firms and is actively playing its part in advising clients on the legal, regulatory and compliance aspects of the digital currency sector.

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