Attorneys Author First-Ever Book on Blockchain Technology and the Law

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Holland & Knight has rolled out a legal tome called The Blockchain: A Guide for Legal and Business Professionals, authored by three members of the firm’s Blockchain practice, has just been released by Thomson Reuters. It is the first-ever book on Blockchain technology and the law.  

“While Blockchain technology started as a solution to digital money, it is now becoming important to industries both inside and outside of the financial realm,” noted Holland & Knight partner Josias N.  Dewey, the lead author. “From agriculture to real estate, people are beginning to understand the impact of Blockchain technology, and its development is growing exponentially.”

The new book offers insight to

Blockchain technology has become increasingly important to the general business audience and is on the brink of radically transforming industries around the world – from financial services to diamond mining. The book delivers an in-depth look at the technology, providing readers with an understanding of the platform’s complex implementations and concepts, as well as the impact it could have on a variety of businesses. It was written for a professional audience, including lawyers, accountants, consultants and business executives.

those with no prior experience with the platform, as well as to those who have more comprehensive knowledge, covering key topics such as: 

  • How the technology has evolved from its origin
  • What Blockchain technology does well, and what it doesn’t do well
  • How and when Blockchain technology will be fully utilized
  • The legal and regulatory implications of Blockchain technology

The Blockchain: A Guide for Legal and Business Professionals also includes concrete, real world examples of how the technology can be used in different industries. For example, it highlights how the Blockchain is the perfect vehicle to maintain real estate records because distributed ledgers are especially good at maintaining ownership records for assets that can be easily tokenized. The book then goes on to explain that once these records are on the Blockchain, a parcel of real estate could be transferred with the same level of simplicity as ordering a pizza on a smart phone.

Mr. Dewey, a software developer and computer coder with experience integrating several Blockchain protocols (including Ethereum and Bitcoin) into transactional practices, led the development of the book. Holland & Knight partner Jeff Seul, who leads the firm’s Technology Industry Sector Group and co-leads the Blockchain practice with Mr. Dewey, as well as Shawn Amuial, Holland & Knight associate and Blockchain practice group member, served as co-authors. The book is available directly from Thomson Reuters or on Amazon.com.

An excerpt from The Blockchain: A Guide for Legal and Business Professionals is available here.

Holland & Knight’s Blockchain practice helps clients understand Blockchain, how it may benefit their businesses and the impact of emerging legal and compliance issues. The firm’s Blockchain lawyers draw on substantive backgrounds in financial services and banking, real estate, gaming, taxation, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, data security, anti-money laundering, corporate law and insurance. They combine hands-on knowledge of technology with the business perspective that comes from decades of experience serving clients in the industries likely to be most affected by Blockchain.

Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,200 lawyers and other professionals in 27 offices throughout the world. Our lawyers provide representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) - Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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