With cryptocurrencies becoming a popular asset class, this has led to the emergence of a new specialty among legal professionals: crypto lawyers. Here is a non-exhaustive list of French law firms that dedicate their activity to crypto.
The importance of crypto lawyers
Cryptocurrency Lawyers are legal professionals who have an in-depth knowledge of the laws and regulations relating to this industry. They advise their clients on complex legal issues related to cryptocurrencies, including regulation and taxation.
These legal professionals have a deep understanding of the technologies behind blockchain and cryptocurrencies, as well as how these technologies can be applied in various sectors. The role of cryptocurrency lawyers is increasingly important as the regulatory landscape becomes more complex over time.
Lawyers specializing in cryptocurrencies can advise and support startups, investors, cryptocurrency exchanges or financial institutions for a variety of needs:
- Raising funds in cryptocurrencies;
- Issue cryptocurrency;
- Take steps to become a digital asset service provider (PSAN);
- Create an investment fund dedicated to the cryptocurrency sector;
- Create any type of business with an activity related to cryptocurrencies (collection of NFTs, DeFi protocol, etc.);
- And much more.
They can also help individuals with various tasks, in particular for all matters relating to tax matters.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of 8 law firms that have specialized or dedicate part of their activities to cryptos.
Co-founded in 2018 by Romain Chilly, Alexandre Lourimi and William O’Rorke, the firm ORWL Lawyers supports leading players in the cryptocurrency industry, both locally and internationally.
Based in Paris, the lawyers of the ORWL firm often participate in crypto events across France to share their expertise on many topics: regulation at European Union level (MiCA, TFR), taxation of crypto-assets, changes in French regulations (status of PSAN).
Here are some of their clients:
👉 Visit the ORWL Avocats website to find out more
Co-founded in 2022 by Stéphane Daniel, Daniel Arroche and Margaux Frisque, d&A partners accompanies blockchain entrepreneurs on the structuring of complex projects, in particular those related to decentralized finance (DeFi) or decentralized autonomous organizations (DAO).
The firm also has a “regulatory” department to advise French companies on the creation of a collection of NFTs or the organization of a fundraising in cryptocurrencies (ICO).
d&A supports a plethora of Web3 companies such as:
- Morpho Labs;
👉 Visit the d&a Partners website to find out more
Business firm based in Paris co-directed by Sarah Compani, Elsa Sammari and Julia Zein, Aleph Lawyers offers support for any type of blockchain project (PSAN, issuance of a cryptocurrency, DeFi protocol, NFT collection, etc.)
Aleph Avocat also offers lobbying and personalized training such as LCB-FT and blockchain training for managers and corporate legal departments.*
Here are some of the Web3 companies that have used the services of Aleph Avocats:
- Rhino.fr (formerly Deversifi).
👉 Visit the Aleph Avocats website to find out more
Co-founded in 2015 by Philippe Bruzzo and Cédric Dubucq in Aix-en-Provence, the firm Bruzzo Dubucq practices in many disciplines, including that of cryptocurrencies.
Obtaining PSAN registration, implementing an ICO, structuring a Web3 project, taxation of crypto-assets, so many needs where the firm is able to support blockchain entrepreneurs.
Here are some of the blockchain companies supported by Bruzzo Dubucq:
- Meria (formerly Just Mining);
👉 Visit the Bruzzo Dubucq website to find out more
Firm based in Paris, Revo Lawyers specializes in tax issues, particularly for those of cryptocurrencies. The services offered by Revo Avocats cover the main questions relating to the sector, including:
- Determination of the tax regime applicable to purchases/sales of cryptocurrencies;
- Legal and tax qualification of specific operations (lending, farming, staking, futures contracts, Initial Coin Offerings, etc.);
- Tax ruling;
- Tax control and litigation;
- and many others.
For payment of fees, Revo Avocats accepts certain cryptocurrencies, namely Bitcoin, Ether, USDT from Tether and USDC from Circle. On request, Revo Avocats also accepts other cryptocurrencies than those mentioned above.
👉 Visit the Revo Avocats website to find out more
Famous law firm founded in 1968 in New York, Kramer Levin has had an office in Paris since 1999. With several dozen lawyers based in France, Kramer Levin is able to offer support in a wide variety of areas, including blockchain.
Kramer Levin lawyers can intervene in the following situations, among others:
- Advice on securities law in the context of decentralized finance (DeFi) and ICOs;
- Structuring and fiscal issues of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO);
- Data security and confidentiality issues specific to companies using blockchains;
- Free software licenses used to manage blockchains;
- Intellectual property protection for technologies underlying blockchains;
- Copyright issues for non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
👉 Visit Kramer Levin’s website to learn more
Based in Paris and co-founded in 2015 by Harry Allouche and Arnaud Touati, Hashtag Lawyers provides legal support to entrepreneurs and startups, especially those in the blockchain industry. The firm is particularly specialized in the following areas:
- Creation and issuance of a cryptocurrency
- Organization of an ICO;
- Anything that can affect NFTs and the metaverse;
- Support for institutions wishing to update their regulations on crypto-assets.
👉 Visit the Hashtag Avocats website to find out more
Legal Brain Lawyers
Co-founded in 2020 by Yann-Maël Larher and Matthieur Quiniou and based in Paris, the firm Legal Brain specializes in digital law. Naturally, it therefore offers to support blockchain companies.
Legal Brain Avocats supports the creators of a collection of NFTs in particular for the integration of certificates of unique works and contracts for the transfer of intellectual property rights in the metadata attached to these NFTs. Here are other topics on which Legal Brain Avocats can intervene (and on all that this implies):
- Various procedures with the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), in particular to obtain PSAN status.
- Setting up an ICO or STO;
- Drop of a collection of NFTs;
- Tokenization of assets.
👉 Visit the Legal Brain website to learn more
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