08
Feb
2018

Anderson Kill Launches Blockchain and Virtual Currency Practice Group


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Anderson Kill has launched a Blockchain and Virtual Currency Group to counsel businesses involved in these emerging technologies across the full spectrum of their legal needs, including litigation, tax, intellectual property, corporate/transactional, insurance coverage and employment law.

The cross-disciplinary team of lawyers is led by Stephen D. Palley, a seasoned litigator with deep experience in software design and development who is well-known in the cryptocurrency community. Mr. Palley has 20 years of experience in litigation and trial practice, as well as significant experience advising corporate clients on day to day governance and risk management issues.

Co-chairing the group is Jeremy E. Deutsch, chair of Anderson Kill’s Corporate and Securities group. Mr. Deutsch has over 20 years’ experience in business law, including transactional and day to day legal counseling as well as complex corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration. In advisory work, he acts as general counsel to a number of businesses.

Mr. Palley commented, "Many blockchain-related projects are launched without first thinking through basics such as governance, indemnification, and directors and officers insurance," He noted further that regulatory action and legal disputes that blockchain-related entities have faced so far have hinged on established principles of law. "The fact that the technology is new does not mean that legal precedent is unavailable to guide our clients."

Mr. Deutsch added, "We have the agility and knowledge to help entrepreneurs on the blockchain maximize their business opportunities while navigating the legal pitfalls. We also bring significant litigation ability, including trial experience, to bear when disputes arise."

Robert M. Horkovich, Anderson Kill's managing shareholder, said, "This team has the right mix of technological acumen, transactional and litigation experience to meet the full range of blockchain entrepreneurs' legal needs."

Other shareholder members of the Blockchain and Virtual Currency group include Joshua Gold and Daniel J. Healy, co-chairs of Anderson Kill's Cyber Insurance Recovery Group; Rhonda D. Orin, managing partner of the firm's Washington, D.C. office; Pamela Hans, managing shareholder of the firm's Philadelphia, P.A. office; Kanishka Agarwala, chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Group; Andrew M. Walsh, a shareholder in the firm's Corporate & Securities Group; and Carrie Maylor DiCanio, a member of the Insurance Recovery Group. Attorneys Vivian Costandy Michael and John M. Leonard, both members of the Corporate and Commercial Litigation Group, are also members of the new practice.

About Anderson Kill

Anderson Kill practices law in the areas of Insurance Recovery, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Estates, Trusts and Tax Services, Corporate and Securities, Antitrust, Banking and Lending, Bankruptcy and Restructuring, Real Estate and Construction, Foreign Investment Recovery, Public Law, Government Affairs, Employment and Labor Law, Captive Insurance, Intellectual Property, Corporate Tax, Hospitality, and Health Reform. Recognized nationwide by Chambers USA and best-known for its work in insurance recovery, the firm represents policyholders only in insurance coverage disputes - with no ties to insurance companies and has no conflicts of interest. Clients include Fortune 1000 companies, small and medium-sized businesses, governmental entities, and nonprofits as well as personal estates. Based in New York City, the firm also has offices in Philadelphia, PA, Stamford, CT, Washington, DC, Newark, NJ and Los Angeles, CA.

For more information, please contact:

Carol A. Ueckerman
Communications/Marketing Manager
Anderson Kill
cueckerman@andersonkill.com
(212) 278-1339

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