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We are innovators and law changers in the Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency space, consistently at the forefront of legal developments in the fight against cybercrime and fraud.

BITCOIN, BLOCKCHAIN AND DIGITAL ASSET LEGAL EXPERTS

ONTIER advises companies, developers and high net worth individuals with investments in bitcoin and digital assets.

We support entrepreneurs and VCs with starting or protecting businesses on the blockchain as well as individuals and businesses who have had digital assets lost or stolen.

The only law firm with a strong track record in this area, we apply cutting edge legal solutions to our cases, working collaboratively with our international offices to ensure the optimum outcome for our clients. 

ONTIER GLOBAL
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This is an excellent firm of solicitors, efficient and give first-rate advice.”

Legal 500, 2021

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They are never out of their depth and they are very proactive and efficient in the way they deal with cases.”

Legal 500, 2021

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Traceability

We trace the supposedly untraceable

BITCOIN, BLOCKCHAIN AND DIGITAL ASSET TRACING AND LITIGATION 

Recognised for our high-profile and market leading cryptocurrency, blockchain and cybercrime related litigation, we have an established and growing global practice for recovering lost, stolen and hacked Bitcoin.

OUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE INCLUDE:
 

  • Fraud and asset tracing 

  • International freezing orders

  • Bitcoin recovery 

  • Frozen accounts

  • Protection of digital assets related IP rights

WE ARE THE ONLY LAW FIRM WITH A PROVEN TRACK RECORD IN THIS AREA.

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£billion in Bitcoin 
claims to be recovered

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Active high stakes litigation cases 

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Lawyers with industry expertise

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Global offices working collaboratively

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Times that we have changed the law

OUR TRACK RECORD

Fraud and asset tracing


  • Recovered a client’s full investment from a popular exchange, its unrealised gains and loss of profit (that the client would have earned from intended investments had funds not been unlawfully withheld).
  • Advised a high-net-worth client and obtained an injunction over a valuable piece of property located overseas.




Lawsuits (dispute resolution/commercial litigation)


  • Tulip Trading Ltd v Bitcoin Association for BSV & Others: Advising Tulip Trading Ltd. on a claim for the recovery of $5billion worth bitcoin stolen by unknown hackers and for the blockchain developers to be obliged to assist in the restoration under the claim.
  • Dr Craig Steven Wright v Cobra: Advising Dr. Craig S Wright on his claim against the individual behind the pseudonym “Cøbra”, managing website www.bitcoin.org unlawfully publishing the Bitcoin Whitepaper in breach of intellectual property rights.
  • Dr Craig Steven Wright v Crypto Open Patent Alliance (“COPA”): Advising Dr. Craig S Wright on his defence against claim by COPA the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (“COPA”) challenging Dr Craig S Wright’s intellectual property rights over the Bitcoin Whitepaper.
  • Dr Craig Steven Wright v Magnus Granath: Advising Dr. Craig S. Wright on his defamation claim against Norwegian Bitcoin-influencer Magnus Granath.
  • Dr Craig Steven Wright v Peter McCormack: Advising Dr. Craig S. Wright on his defamation claim against English podcaster and radio speaker Peter McCormack.
  • Dr Craig Steven Wright v Roger Ver: Advising Dr. Craig S. Wright on his defamation claim against Bitcoin investor Roger Ver.
  • Dr Craig Steven Wright v Ethereum World News: Advising Dr. Craig S. Wright on his defamation claim against blockchain media channel Ethereum World News.
  • Ira Kleiman v Dr Craig Steven Wright: Advising Dr. Craig S. Wright on depositions required as part of Ira Kleiman v Craig S. Wright proceedings before Southern District of Florida’s District Court.
  • Dr Craig Steven Wright v Vitalik Buterin: Advised Dr. Craig S. Wright on his defamation claim against computer programmer Vitalik Buterin and Ethereum Foundation.
  • Dr Craig Steven Wright v Adam Back: Advised Dr. Craig S. Wright on his defamation claim against businessman and cryptographer Adam Back.




Frozen accounts


  • Acted in successful English High Court proceedings against Reliantco Investments Ltd, a digital asset and securities exchange which blocked and seized a substantial amount from a client’s trading account.




Corporate, equity and regulation


  • The Tulip Trust: Advising Dr. Craig S. Wright on restructuring of The Tulip Trust.
  • Fabriik Alpha Ltd: Advising Fabriik Alpha Ltd. and the Bayesian Group on various corporate and commercial matters.
  • SATEC S.A. and Netflix: Advising media company SATEC on its multi-million Euro contract with Netflix.
  • Mahou S.A.:Advised Spanish company Mahou S.A. on a distribution agreement in the UK with famous pubs and restaurants franchiser Fullers, Smith & Turner Plc.
  • Virgin Green Fund: Advised Richard Branson on his disclosure requirements under the DTR with regards to a significant investment in a cleantech company located in the Caribbean.
  • Farfetch.com Limited: Advised the Advent funded Portuguese/Brazilian online retailer on their share option scheme.
  • Bertelsmann A.G.: Advised on the international reorganisation of the German media giant.
  • Sotheby's: Advised Sotheby's International on the sale of its Mayfair based estate agency to Countrywide Plc.
  • Tokenized Ltd: Advised Smart Contracts and Vanilla IP and nChain on a multi-million-pound investment into Tokenized.com, a company designing a system for tokenisation of digital assets on the bitcoin blockchain.
  • Vestas Wind Systems A/S: Advised Vestas, a listed Danish wind turbine company, on multi-million pound installations in Jordan, Korea and Europe.
  • Carlos Slim: Advised Mexican property magnate Carlos Slim on corporate debt finance matters including company securitisation.
  • Snapbook General Trading Company LLC: Advised on the multi-million-pound investment into Snapbook.com and the Snapbook App by Faith Capital, a venture capital investment firm.
  • Intelligent Data Technologies Limited and Toshiba: Advised Intelligent Data Technologies Limited on the multi-million-pound debt and equity financing and purchase of the artificial intelligence software business from Toshiba Information Systems (UK) Limited.
  • Sainsbury's Bank Plc: Advised Sainsbury's Bank Plc on their joint venture agreement with HBOS.
  • Caxia Bank: Advised Caxia Bank on loan agreements, data protection matters and FCA regulation.




Data protection


  • Hyperloop Solutions Ltd: Advising Hyperloop on various Information Technology (“IT”) service activities.
  • Telefónica S.A.:Advised Spanish company Telefónica on a number of data protection issues in the UK, including data breaches affecting thousands of customers.
  • 02 Insure: Implemented the GDPR compliance program for 02 Insure, an arm of Telefonica SA and completing major data mapping exercises.
  • Obica: Implementing a GDPR compliance program for Obica restaurants, a multinational restaurant chain.
  • Google, Bing and Yahoo: Submitted Right to Be Forgotten requests to Google, Bing and Yahoo.
  • Challenged Right to Be Forgotten submissions with the Information Commissioners Office.




Financial services and fintech


  • Advised a major payment services company on EU financial services regulations.
  • Advised Telefonica Insurance on FSMA regulation in connection with their 1.5m mobile insurance customers.
  • Advised an artificial intelligence based hedge fund on their FSA authorisation.




Payment services


  • Advised a major payment services company on EU financial services regulations.
  • Advised banks and other clients on their obligations under the Payment Services Directive.




Intellectual property and technology


  • Drafted and advised on software licencing agreements (SAAS and otherwise).
  • Prepared trademark office applications and defended challenges from, for example, Deutsche Telekom AG.





 

Disruptive technologies call for disruptive lawyers.

OUR TEAM

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Derek Stinson

MANAGING PARTNER

derek.stinson@ontier.co.uk

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Paul Ferguson

HEAD OF LITIGATION

paul.ferguson@ontier.co.uk

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Oliver Cain

PARTNER

oliver.cain@ontier.co.uk

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Luca Pardo

PARTNER

lpardo@ontier.net

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Simon Cohen

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

simon.cohen@ontier.co.uk

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Nicholas Dawson

ASSOCIATE

nicholas.dawson@ontier.co.uk

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Sara Saleh

ASSOCIATE

sara.saleh@ontier.co.uk

 

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Very experienced litigation and arbitration team, able to handle disputes in sectors as diverse as shipbuilding and bitcoin. Their attention to detail and smooth organisation deliver a first-class product to the client.”

Legal 500, 2021

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