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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Derrek Fahl speaks at The Blockchain Society’s executive only conference

Derrek Fahl is one of the featured panel speakers at The Blockchain Conference Vancouver. Miller Thomson is the venue sponsor of this executive event.

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Miller Thomson lawyers speak at Toronto Blockchain Impact Investment Summit

Miller Thomson co-hosts the 2018 Toronto Blockchain Impact Investment Summit, which brings together key industry players to engage, discuss future trends and share valuable insight on the state of blockchain technology and the token economy. The event is expected to attract over...

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Gal Smolar speaks at Canadian Law and Blockchain Technology event

Gal Smolar is a panelist at MLG Blockchain’s Canadian Law and Blockchain Technology event which brings together legal experts and entrepreneurs in the blockchain landscape to discuss how Canadian law applies to this innovative technology.

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Derrek Fahl speaks on blockchain, ICOs, token offerings and exchanges

Derrek Fahl presents “An Introduction to Raising Capital Through ICOs, Token Offerings and Related Cryptocurrency Transations.” The session covers blockchain, ICOs, token offerings and exchanges – their intersection with securities laws, and the current regulatory landscape for cryptocurrency, including the emerging...

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Phil Long speaks at The Blockchain Society & Nobul Conference

In collaboration with The Entrepreneurship Society, Phil Long is speaking at The Blockchain Society & Nobul Conference, an event dedicated to executives only. Click here for more information.

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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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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 – Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and ICO

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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Links in the blockchain: Creating smarter contracts

Plant Magazine

In a 2016 World Economic Forum report, it was suggested 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 efforts required...

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Is an ICO Right for your Company?

Since the cryptocurrency mania hit in 2017, there has been no trendier, and in many cases, no more successful way to raise money than to sell tokens in what has become most commonly known as an “initial coin offering” or...

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Blockchain Speak

Continuing Professional Development presentation

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Staff Notice 46-308 – Securities Law Implications for Offerings of Tokens

On June 11, 2018, Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) issued Staff Notice 46-308 Securities Law Implications for Offerings of Tokens (the “Notice”). This Notice is intended to provide further clarification to those wishing to offer tokens for sale in Canada, particularly...

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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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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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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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Is your company contemplating an ICO? How ready are you?

Take the ICO Readiness Test (ICORT) to find out!* Our ICORT consists of a review and analysis of ten key criteria, resulting in a customized report and test score. It is an economical first step to help determine your company’s ICO compliance and readiness for market. Please contact Derrek Fahl for more information.   *Fees may apply

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Proof of Stake – Financial Services and Banking

Download our newest publication, featuring a compilation of articles by Miller Thomson’s lawyers on how Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Smart Contracts are impacting the financial services and banking sector.

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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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