Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Smart Contracts

The introduction of the Internet in the early 1990’s fundamentally changed how the private sector and, more recently, the public sector carry on their day-to-day business.

Now, with the more recent development and application of Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Smart Contracts, the Internet is becoming a truly revolutionary platform for all sorts of business processes including not only communication and related data management and documentation challenges, but also product and services marketing, payment processing and, most importantly, value attribution and exchange.

Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Smart Contracts are almost certain to impact almost every form of modern business, including those in financial services and banking, the production of digital creative content and online retailing and distribution of virtually everything.

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Miller Thomson joins Global Legal Blockchain Consortium

Miller Thomson is pleased to announce its membership with the prestigious Global Legal Blockchain Consortium (GLBC), whose mission “is to organize and align the stakeholders in the global legal industry with respect to the use of blockchain technology in order...

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Lampros Stougiannos and Alexia Magneron speak at CanBIM Regional Session – Montreal 2018

Lampros Stougiannos and Alexia Magneron give a seminar titled ”BIM, Blockchain and Smart Contracts” at CanBIM Regional Session – Montreal. This presentation provides an overview of certain legal aspects surrounding BIM, Blockchain and Smart Contracts, and discusses the potential applications...

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Gal Smolar speaks on Blockchain Technology

Gal Smolar presents “Blockchain: Real World Applications Today” at CFA Society Vancouver seminar. Blockchain technology is more than just crypto-currencies and mining.

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Phil Long speaks at The Entrepreneurship Society’s Blockchain Lunch

We are pleased to collaborate with The Entrepreneurship Society to present “Blockchain Lunch: Capital Markets & Evaluating Startup Teams when Investing” hosted at Miller Thomson’s Toronto office.  Phil Long speaks on a panel at the event, which will dive into...

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Derrek Fahl discusses Security Tokens at the Legal & Technical Bits Event

Derrek Fahl is panel guide and presents to our Vancouver office on “Security Tokens: Legal & Technical Bits”. Security Tokens are an emerging crypto asset that includes regulation & ties to real world assets.  

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James Swanson speaks at a private training session on Future and Blockchain Technologies

James Swanson presents a private training session to the Alberta Court of Appeal. His presentation, “The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be (with apologies to Yogi Berra)”, will focus on disruptive technologies of the present and the near future such as Artificial...

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Phil Long discusses Security Tokens at the Legal & Technical Bits Event

Phil Long is a panelist at the Security Tokens: Legal & Technical Bits event. The focus of the discussion will be “Regulatory Issues Surrounding Security Tokens”.

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James Swanson speaks on the Future of Privacy

Jim presents at the Privacy and Access Council of Canada’s National Privacy and Data Governance Congress. Topic of discussion is “The Virtual Fishbowl and the Future of Privacy – Will Artificial Intelligence, Automation, the Internet of Things and Block Chain...

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James Swanson speaks at Legal Innovation Conference

James Swanson will be chairing a panel at the Legal Innovation Conference. The topic of discussion will be “Innovative Legal Technologies and Services”.

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Imran Ahmad speaks on Blockchain Technology and Artificial Intelligence for Financial Services Conference

Imran Ahmad speaks in a conference on the issues of Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence of Blockchain and smart contracts. The conference will be in French.

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ICOs and Blockchain – Legal Landscape

Join us for an informational discussion and Q&A with Derrek Fahl, a leading ICO/blockchain lawyer, regarding blockchain, ICOs, token offerings and exchanges – their intersection with securities laws, and the current regulatory landscape for cryptocurrency, including the emerging security token...

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Market Close Cocktail Series

You are invited to attend Miller Thomson’s “Market Close” Cocktail Series featuring key industry participants presented by the Capital Markets & Securities Group. Come learn more on recent trends and upcoming legal changes and what they mean for Canadian businesses....

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How Smart is Your Contract? Legal Considerations Around Smart Contracts

Ontario Bar Association Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law section

In a 2016 report[1] by the World Economic Forum, it was suggested that smart contracts based on blockchain technology could potentially codify financial agreements in a shared platform and guarantee execution based on mutually agreed conditions. This would significantly reduce manual...

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Ontario’s Rules for Distributing Securities Abroad: How They May Impact Security Token Offerings

As reported in our previous notice, the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) recently introduced Rule 72-503 Distributions Outside Canada (“Rule 72-503”), which came into force on March 31, 2018, and set out rules applicable to the issuances of securities outside of...

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Canadian Tax Ramifications in Connection with Exchanging Cryptocurrency for Cash

There are now over 1,300 cryptocurrencies available online, Bitcoin being the most popular, with new initial coin offerings, or “ICOs”, being announced on what seems like a daily basis. Bitcoin made headlines at the end of 2017 as the price...

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“Smart” Entertainment on the Blockchain

Until recently, musicians and film producers would release their works hoping piracy would not do away with all of their revenue.  Then they would wait as publishers, distributors, YouTube, Spotify, collectives, etc. collected royalties, took their cut and then paid...

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Cryptocurrency and cybersecurity: The implications

The Lawyer's Daily

This is part two of a two-part series. Similar to the way money is stored in a bank, cryptocurrency can be stored in forms of “cryptocurrency wallets” where sensitive information is encrypted and securely stored. If an owner of a...

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Cryptocurrency and cybersecurity: A primer

The Lawyer's Daily

As the value of bitcoins continues to soar, there has been increased interest in whether cryptocurrencies may one day replace traditional currencies. However, regulators and the broader public remain skeptical and concerned about whether digital currencies are vulnerable to manipulations...

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Appature Mobile Applications Inc. closes private placement of special warrants

Counsel to the agent Mackie Research Capital Corporation

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DMG Blockchain Solutions Inc. and Aim Explorations Ltd. close $28 million subscription receipt financing

Counsel to the agents Canaccord Genuity Corp. and Paradigm Capital Inc.

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Totally Hip Technologies completes plan of arrangement

Counsel to Totally Hip Technologies Inc.

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NetCents secures up to $5 million in financing

Counsel to NetCents Technology Inc.

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Innovation in the Legal Industry

Miller Thomson is proud to be a founding member of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium (GLBC). The GLBC’s mission is to, “organize and align the stakeholders in the global legal industry with regard to the use of blockchain technology…”

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