Wolters Kluwer
Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. (WKLR) has released a new resource entitled “Blockchain, Virtual Currencies and ICOs: Navigating the Legal Landscape“. Co-authored by specialists on these subject, it is Wolters Kluwer’s latest contribution on the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape surrounding blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

John M. Pachkowski
John M. Pachkowski

As interest and use cases for blockchain technology continue to grow, legal practitioners often find themselves faced with multiple regulators and legal hurdles – many of which are still in flux as the technology evolves,” said John M. Pachkowski, legal analyst at Wolters Kluwer and one of the publication’s co-authors.

“We wrote this to meet the needs of our customers as they navigate the complexities of regulation around this dynamic and highly challenging practice area.

Wolters Kluwer Legal and Regulatory

WKLR is part of Wolters Kluwer NV, a global provider of information, software solutions and services for professionals in the following sectors:

  • health
  • tax and accounting
  • risk and compliance
  • finance
  • legal sectors.

In 2017 Wolters Kluwer has sales of more than €4B, from customers in over 180 countries, it has operations in over 40 countries and employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide. The company’s headquarters are in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands.

With specialist domain expertise in banking, finance and securities, Wolters Kluwer is well positioned to offer a new resource on one of the industry’s most quickly moving and evolving regulatory practice areas. It will add, in the Fall of 2019, the content to its research platform, Cheetah, as part of a new blockchain dashboard. This dashboard will feature additional material, including:

  • white papers
  • law firm memos
  • news
  • regulatory primary source content.

WKLR on blockchain and more

“Blockchain, Virtual Currencies and ICOs: Navigating the Legal Landscape” provides insights applicable to legal topics which including:

  • blockchain technology: The underlying technology and its uses, virtual currencies, smart contracts, impact on the legal profession, and more
  • guidance on the emerging regulatory landscape surrounding blockchain, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies
  • securities regulations around initial coin offerings, SEC enforcement, listing of commodity trust shares on securities exchanges, ETFs, digital securities, FINRA, and petitions for SEC rulemaking
  • the CFTC’s approach to cryptocurrency
  • FinCEN: Anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) regulations
  • State licensing, corporate governance, and enforcement.

The new publication, by offering insights into cryptocurrencies, is relevant to a broad range of professionals – including:

  • investors
  • regulators
  • startups seeking capital
  • associated other practitioners.

Enterprise Times: what does this mean

Wolters Kluwer is known for its professional-oriented publications – deep in expertise and pocket-challenging costs. The price is reasonable (US$99), given the complexity of the subject and provided its experts do offer real insights into the rapidly evolving legal landscape around blockchain technology.

Blockchain is likely to remain a fraught arena in legal terms for decades. The existence of a resource like that offered by Wolters Kluwer has great potential. The issue may be – how often will (or can) there be updates – which maybe that is why subscribing to Cheetah may make sense.


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