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Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies

DLTs and particularly Blockchain are making waves across the financial services sector and will affect a broad range of legal areas. Mayer Brown is positioned to help clients face this disruption with confidence.

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Beyond Blockchain

Blockchain and DLTs

Blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies (“DLTs”) have great promise to transform the recording and management of transactions in a variety of areas. DLTs employ a shared, verified database that multiple users can view and record transactions permanently. Cryptographic algorithms validate the recorded transactions and ensure no record is duplicated and that the permanent record is updated on each node of the network. DLTs eliminate the need for a trusted central database manager and allow for any ledger to be decentralised between network participants, which can create significant efficiencies.

Because the possible applications of DLTs are so diverse, they potentially touch on a broad range of substantive legal areas. Many DLT applications are by their nature global, which means that their developers, operators and users must consider the laws of multiple jurisdictions. Mayer Brown’s global platform is well poised to help clients navigate the complex and novel legal issues that DLTs present. Our lawyers collectively have the breadth and depth of expertise to identify, analyze, and resolve the plethora of issues that DLTs present in nearly every area of substantive law. Some of the key areas we advise on include:

  • Payments
  • Intellectual Property
  • Securities
  • Bank Regulatory
  • Investments
  • Business Technology Sourcing
  • Insurance
  • Trade Receivables Finance
  • Real Estate and Mortgages

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