New York Crypto Laws
The changes blockchain technologies are bringing to the business and investment world are constantly and rapidly evolving. It's certain to impact the way business is done—and not just for those directly involved in decentralized, peer-to-peer finance (or "DeFI"). This is a realm that many people still don't understand, and if you're looking to get seriously interested or invested, you'll want the best cryptocurrency lawyer New York has to offer.
While blockchain technology is best known as the backbone of cryptocurrency, it also supports the creation of numerous other products and services, including:
- Smart contracts
- Crypto exchanges
- Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs)
- Decentralized apps (DAPPs)
- Tokenized assets
As blockchain is also being applied to the development of an entirely new, decentralized internet infrastructure (Web3), it will impact any business operating online. So what exactly do these changes mean for your legal strategy?
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From currencies and contracts to building the foundations of entire organizations, blockchain is creating new ways of exchanging information and digital assets with fewer middlemen. Unsurprisingly, blockchain technologies have also increasingly attracted the attention of regulatory agencies and large business interests. The number of blockchain-related regulations is swelling to enormous proportions while the jurisdictional boundaries drawn by regulatory agencies don't always withstand the scrutiny of the courts.
For blockchain users, investors, and innovators, this means a fair amount of time must be spent analyzing the legalities of their industry. This is a double-edged sword, because, on one hand, it empowers them to pare down to the actual promulgated laws that govern their trade or publicly traded assets, which are not always as they are presented in public discourse. On the other hand, it leaves all of their work susceptible to major interference, depending on which way the regulatory winds blow in any given year.
There are still many legal gray areas affecting the blockchain and cryptocurrency domain. This is why you need the best cryptocurrency lawyer New York has to offer. Although the blockchain was built for decentralized use by design, it hasn't prevented certain governmental interests from trying to exert control over at least some aspects of it. It's therefore almost always in one's interest to obtain legal counsel before, and especially during, any interactions with regulatory agencies. Lawyers experienced in financial asset protection and blockchain technologies can help you heed regulations as needed, and without forfeiting your rights and digital assets.
Controlling and Protecting Digital Assets
When it comes to blockchain-related properties, no matter what the regulations or court rulings might be tomorrow or the next day, the most prudent thing you can do is continually seek greater protection for your blockchain products. Just as with any other property, digital assets can be more effectively protected and removed from legal vulnerability using various asset protection strategies.
Our skilled asset protection strategists can advise you on how to minimize the risk of litigation and regulatory scrutiny, and how to most effectively collaborate with regulators and industry leaders. You'll then be able to contextualize your blockchain technologies and properties for maximum legal maneuvering, then strategize for advantageous future investment opportunities.
Developing effective technical, regulatory, and legal compliance strategies is a solid move for almost any blockchain creation and investment. In addition to the items listed above, this includes:
- Tokenized assets
- Tokenomics papers
- NFT minting
- Launching blockchain exchanges, third-party marketplaces, or cloud providers
We can help you negotiate and draft complex agreements for any blockchain project. You'll be certain that your contributions to peer-to-peer blockchain technology proceed in accordance with the widest range of securities laws (e.g., SEC Regs CF, D, A, and A+), audit standards for DeFI Protocols, and tax-liability reduction standards.
Our knowledgeable blockchain attorneys can also help you structure your blockchain project across borders using cutting edge techniques paired with technological know-how. With so much changing in both the technological and legal arenas, it's fast becoming essential to secure blockchain-based digital properties just as firmly as you would physical assets.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Blockchain is a decentralized software application that tracks data by validating and storing data in blocks that are strung and linked together chronologically in an immutable chain. The data blocks are linked together through the use cryptographic “hash” of the previous block, a timestamp, and transaction data.
- “Hashing” is method that uses algorithms to both mathematically encrypt the data blocks and connect and string them into a chain.
- The data commonly consists of transactional information recorded in ledgers, such as cryptocurrency exchanges, property purchases, health records, credentials, and many others. The ledgers are distributed across many individual computer servers (called nodes) through a peer to peer (P2P) network.
- All nodes across the blockchain ecosystem receive the same continuous stream of data and updates simultaneously, which can be transmitted privately and anonymously. The network does not use a third-party intermediary to manage, monitor, or interfere with transactions. There is no central authority to approve transactions.
- The blockchain system is self-regulating due to the P2P computer network of nodes which all verify incoming data and distribute copies of the data across the network. Once all the nodes verify and agree on the data, only then does the data become recorded into blocks and linked into a chain.
- The data chain is immutable and irreversible due to the hash encryptions, and because all activity on the chain is public across the network and seen by all the nodes. Altering a block of data is virtually impossible because doing so would necessitate, publicly across the P2P network, cracking the encryptions of all subsequent blocks of data on the chain to get to the block one wants to alter.
- Blockchain technology was created to allow for the existence of cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. But Blockchain technology transcends crypto currencies and has applications for all types of data storage.
- Cryptocurrency “coins” are digital currencies that are powered and secured by blockchain technology, rather than a centralized government authority. These coins are essentially packets of immutable math code that a blockchain P2P network of computer servers (nodes) allows to be distributed, bought, and sold on the network.
- Transactions on the blockchain are only recorded after unanimous validation by all the nodes in the network. Transactions are validated securely and publicly on the blockchain. At the inception of a blockchain’s creation, irreversible rules are set regarding how many coins there ever will be and how to create new coins (mining).
- Miners are networks of computer servers that validate coin transactions to enable their recording on the blockchain. Build into a blockchain’s software are rules that encourage miners to validate these transactions. Miners that solve certain mathematical problems fast enough will then link the next block of data onto the chain and receive a coin as a reward. Often the number of coins that can ever be available is finite; therefore, over time the blockchain software makes the mathematical problems harder for miners to solve.
- There are hundreds of different types of cryptocurrencies. Some of the most well-known include:
Advantages of using crypto:
- No central government authority to create excess coins / Protection from Inflation
- Secure and private
- Removes the middle man aka a bank, hence cost effective
- Greater liquidity
- Widely and universally used
- High transaction speeds with low costs
- No refund and cancellation policy for incorrect transactions
- Risk of data loss
- Hard for government to track illegal transactions and theft
- High risk and high volatility
- More vulnerable to scams and hackers
- High energy consumption due to miners
Like cryptocurrencies, they are immutable code, cryptographic assets, transacted and recorded on a blockchain. They differ from cryptocurrencies in that they are non-fungible; in other words, they are not identical. A unique encrypted identification code and metadata distinguish one NFT from other NFTs. Bitcoin for example is fungible; if you trade one Bitcoin for another Bitcoin, you'll get exactly the same thing. A one dollar bill is fungible because any particular one dollar bill in your pocket is no different from any other one dollar bill circulating. It is this very fungibility which allows dollars, other fiat currencies, and cryptocurrencies to be mediums of exchange in commerce. On the other hand, a famous Picasso is non-fungible as it is unique.
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Blockchain and Web3 are the future, and if you are involved in this emerging industry, it is critical that you have legal counsel well versed in the complexities of securities law and how tokenization and the blockchain function. Our attorneys serve as legal counsel to various crypto-based projects, including DAOs, in fintech, proptech, and legaltech. Our attorneys are not only excellent at their craft, but they have a passion for the possibilities of the future in blockchain, which allows them to provide superb service and counsel to our clients.