Digital Currency + Blockchain Technology

The sudden and rapid rise of Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies over the past several years, coupled with the potential applications of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies across virtually all industries, has generated a wave of innovation, disruptive businesses and a modern digital economy. With this explosive growth, new legal and regulatory issues in these areas are cropping up every day. Goodwin’s technical expertise, geographic footprint in key industry markets, and depth of experience allows us to offer unprecedented service to help our clients capitalize on opportunities and meet the challenges of this evolving industry.


Our Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology practice, established in January 2015, when most people were just beginning to hear the word “Blockchain,” is supported by a well-established, global team of subject-matter experts highly regarded across areas affecting digital currencies including company formation and financing, public securities laws, SEC, FinCEN, DOJ, FINRA, Broker-Dealer, CFTF and state regulations, intellectual property, fund formation, government investigations and enforcement, token fundraising and other alternative securities offering options (i.e. Reg A+, Reg D/506(c), Reg S, Equity Crowdfunding). Goodwin’s global team is equally proficient in advising the innovators and the investors throughout this complex and rapidly evolving sector. We partner with clients to embrace the promise and potential of innovation to make a lasting impact. Goodwin lawyers also advise clients in the emerging area of DeFi (decentralized finance).  We counsel investors and other participants on projects in the growing DeFi industry.  Counsel ranges from investment and due diligence in DeFi projects to regulatory compliance, intellectual property strategies and exploration of DeFi technology by traditional financial services providers.

Our recent experience includes:

  • Represented Blockfolio, a cryptocurrency management portfolio, in Series Seed investment
  • Represented a digital currency company in the first ever digital currency enforcement action by FinCEN, and a related DOJ settlement
  • Representing Coinbase, a major digital asset exchange company, in litigation proceedings related to its refusal to comply with an IRS action seeking customer information for hundreds of thousands of users
  • Represented a venture capital firm in a seed investment in an international money transfer company that uses Bitcoin and mobile wallets for receiving remittances from abroad
  • Represented Circle, a mobile-payments firm built on blockchain technology and crypto assets, in its acquisition of Poloniex, a leading token exchange platform
  • Advised a Bitcoin platform on licensing its technology and other intellectual property to another market participant
  • Represented Digital Currency Group, a venture capital firm focused on investments in the digital currency and blockchain industries, in its acquisition of industry media-powerhouse CoinDesk
  • Advised a venture capital firm in a Series A investment in a bitcoin wallet company
  • Represented Sand Hill Exchange in responding to an SEC enforcement action relating to derivative contracts and Bitcoin
  • Advising clients on matters involving Bitcoin ATMs
  • Representing Social Reality, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed public company, on its proposed blockchain platform
  • Advising digital currency exchanges on state and FinCEN registrations
  • Representing the Tezos Foundation, a blockchain-based platform for decentralized apps and smart contracts, in regulatory and litigation matters
  • Representing client seeking a “No Action” determination from SEC in regards to new cryptocurrency
  • Represented Xapo, a Bitcoin platform that allows debit card use for Bitcoin withdrawals and provides a secure vault of institutional investors to store Bitcoin, in a $20 million financing
  • Advising clients on fund formation for crypto-focused venture, private equity and hedge funds, and for funds investing in cryptocurrencies and token sales



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Mitzi Chang

Co-Chair, Fintech and Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology
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