Date: 14 December 2022
Time: 2:00 PM UTC
Duration: 60 min
Language: English
Format: Online
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Worldwide: Global Offshore Fintech Focus on Crypto: Laws, Regulations and Trends [REPLAY]

There are as many challenges as there are opportunities facing financial institutions, businesses, investors and start-ups involved in the digital/virtual asset and cryptocurrency sectors. Governments and regulators around the world are being tasked with providing regulatory certainty and consumer protection against the risks and turmoil commonly experienced by the sector yet struggle to agree on a global approach to the use of the underlying technology and how services and value arising from it should be treated, regulated and taxed.

Some of the most progressive and comprehensive legal and regulatory regimes aimed at providing certainty and a reduction in the risk of fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing in the sector have been developed offshore in the international financial centres that have the sophistication and experience to understand the risks and the ambition and agility to act quickly and keep up with the legal impact of such technological advancements, particularly in relation to defi, NFTs and DAOs.

Carey Olsen has been at the forefront of developments in the digital/virtual asset and cryptocurrency sectors, advising on the launch of the world’s first Bitcoin investment fund and the first Ethereum denominated fund, as well as many of the most pioneering initial coin offerings (ICOs) structured offshore. We have been involved in the creation of sector specific legislation and regulation in numerous jurisdictions where clients have obtained licenses from or been registered with recognised regulators to conduct digital/virtual asset business services. Our commitment to assisting develop these laws and regulations and our involvement in these transactions and applications across multiple jurisdictions provides a unique insight into how some governments and regulators are finding ways to provide security, certainty and credibility in the sector whilst others are still struggling to define the problem.


Steven Rees Davies

A recognised specialist in the fintech and digital asset sector, Steven worked with the Bermuda government in the introduction and development of its digital asset legal and regulatory regime, and represents a significant number of digital asset companies headquartered, or with operations, in Bermuda. Steven regularly represents clients on a wide variety of local and cross-jurisdictional corporate and regulatory transactions and restructurings as well as IPOs, private placements and listings. He also advises on complex multinational joint ventures and private equity projects.

Christopher Griffin

Chris spearheads Carey Olsen's crypto practice, having advised on a series of token issuances, crypto funds and crypto exchanges. Chris has broad experience of both general international corporate and funds work with particular expertise in private equity, hedge and crypto funds. Chris advises on all aspects of fund and corporate transactions, including the legal and regulatory aspects of fund launches, and joint ventures. He also has considerable experience in dealing with the Jersey Financial Services Commission in navigating investment vehicles through the Jersey regulatory approval process as part of the Jersey funds team.

Chris Duncan

Chris is dual qualified in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands and advises clients on the full spectrum of crypto and virtual assets matters for clients which include centralised exchanges, Venture Capital funds, DAOs and NFT platforms. Chris also represents clients subject to regulatory investigations and those involved in disputes related to crypto. Chris is on the steering committee of the Cayman Islands Blockchain Association, was named in the Citywealth Top 100 Crypto Advisors in 2022 and regularly speaks and writes about crypto.

Katrina Lindsay

Kat is an experienced corporate and finance lawyer who has transitioned into the crypto and virtual assets space. Kat advises clients on transactional related matters as well as assisting clients in navigating the evolving regulatory landscape in British Virgin Islands, from VASP to the implications of economic substance legislation on crypto related activities.

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