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Washington, DC, 20036
With an unrivaled combination of regulatory and compliance, commodities and derivatives, tax law and policy, and government enforcement experience, Steptoe’s blockchain and cryptocurrency team is uniquely positioned to help clients develop and implement blockchain strategies and navigate the complex legal and regulatory environment surrounding cryptocurrencies and crypto-assets in the US and across the globe.
Steptoe is part of the foundation of the blockchain industry. On behalf of the Chamber of Digital Commerce and Coin Center, Steptoe helped create and serves as counsel to the Blockchain Alliance, a coalition of three dozen of the leading companies in the blockchain space. The Blockchain Alliance engages with over 40 local, state, federal, and international government agencies delivering education and helping to promote the growth of this technology. We also serve as an advisor to both Coin Center and the Chamber of Digital Commerce, two of the industry’s leading advocacy groups, and many of the industry’s leading companies.
Our team includes former high-ranking officials from the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury Department, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with extensive knowledge in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology matters. We advise individuals and entities on the suite of legal and regulatory issues from a currency, commodities and derivatives, and securities law perspective. We also have unique experience on the taxation implications for a range of crypto-related activities including trading, investing, creating and issuing tokens, and digitizing assets. Utilizing decades of experience working in and with the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government, we engage with regulators in order to develop laws and guidance that clarify the regulatory landscape while still encouraging innovation. Our clients fall into four main categories, as further described below, but we are constantly expanding and adapting as the industry evolves.