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Blockchain and cryptoassets useful links

Links to guidance and ither information from external websites on blockchain and distributive ledger technology including cyrptoassets such as cryptocurrencies and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs).

Guidance and reports

A guide to blockchain and data protection

Hogan Lovells September 2017

This guide from the Hogan Lovells law firm provides some of the fundamental tools needed to analyse blockchain projects under applicable data protection law.

Blockchain and internal control

Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission July 2020

This paper provides perspectives for using the 2013 COSO Framework to evaluate risks related to the use of blockchain in the context of financial reporting and to design and implement controls to address such risks. It is intended to help inform decisions regarding oversight, risks, and internal control over financial reporting (ICFR).

Blockchain: Legal and regulatory guidance

Law Society 11 January 2022

2nd edition of the Law Society's report on blockchain. Covers a range of key issues for legal practitioners to be aware of when advising on distributed ledger technology (DLT) related matters. Includes the growing types and uses of DLTs and their implications on areas of litigation including smart contracts, data and governance, blockchain consortia, data protection, intellectual property rights, dispute resolution, competition, tax and ESG.

Cryptoassets Manual

HM Revenue & Customs

HMRC internal manual which information on cryptoassets for individuals; cryptoassets for businesses; decentralised finance; compliance


Financial Conduct Authority March 2021

FCA information about the regulation of crypto assets (including cryptocurrencies) and the risks of investing and making payments using cryptoassets.

Cyrptoassets and smart contract statement

LawtechUK Panel November 2019

UK Jurisdiction Taskforce of the LawtechUK Panel has published a legal statement on the status of cryptoassets and smart contracts under English and Welsh law.

Distributed ledger technology

Government Department for Science January 2016

Government Office for Science review (The Blackett Review) on the future of distributed ledger (or blockchain) technology.

Global blockchain benchmarking study

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Judge Business School 2019

Report provides an empirical overview of the current state of both enterprise and public sector use of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). Data was gathered from over 200 enterprise DLT start-ups, established corporations, central banks and other public sector institutions. The concept of ‘blockchain’ and DLT is also explained and the different DLT architectures and governance-related issues are examined.

Global cryptoasset benchmarking study

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Judge Business School September 2020

This report reviews the impact of significant changes in the industry since the publication of the 2nd Global Cryptoasset Benchmarking Study in 2018. It provides novel insights into the state of the cryptoasset industry, having gathered data from 280 companies in 59 countries and across four main market segments – exchanges, payments, custody and mining.

Legal and regulatory considerations for digital assets

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Judge Business School 2020

The report examines legal and regulatory challenges arising from the emergence of digital assets. The aim is to frame future legal and regulatory discussions around digital assets, as well as to identify general trends and concepts across jurisdictions.

Report on distributed ledger technology: implications of Blockchain for the securities industry

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority March 2017

Report from FINRA (Financial Industry Regulation Authority of the United States) provides an overview of distributed ledger technology, highlights some key applications being explored in the securities industry and potential impact of the technology, and discusses key implementation and regulatory considerations for broker-dealers.


Wired - Blockchain

Conde Nast

Latest news and features on blockchain from Wired magazine

Computerworld - blockchain

IDG Communications

Computerworld news and features on blockchain and related cryptographically secure ledger technologies.

Deloitte - Blockchain


Deloitte blockchain hub, with press releases, articles, features, case studies and reports.

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