Decoding Blockchain Legal Issues — A Financial Law Perspective
21 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2017
Date Written: November 9, 2017
This paper is intended to contribute to the debate on blockchain's financial regulation. First and foremost, it provides through the example of securities law an introductory overview of how American and French legal systems fail to properly handle the existing reality of blockchain. It subsequently identifies some of the peculiar issues that blockchain raises from a financial point of view and that justify a tailored legal regime. Finally, it examines the efforts made by blockchain's stakeholders to compensate the lack of regulation and discusses how those efforts may fall within a broader reform movement. For the sake of clarity, this last section will focus on the French example.
Keywords: Blockchain, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Financial Law, Finance, Distributed Ledger, Tokens, Initial Coin Offerings, Cryptocurrencies
JEL Classification: K, O
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