9/29/2016


Blakes to Serve as Chair of the Chamber’s Canadian Blockchain Policy Group

TORONTO -- Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has joined the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world’s largest trade association representing the digital asset and blockchain industries. As Chair of the Chamber’s Canadian Blockchain Policy Group, Blakes is leading the legal conversation on distributed ledger technologies in Canada.

“We are delighted to have a foundational role within the Chamber at such a pivotal time in the evolution of blockchain technology,” said Christine Ing, Partner at Blakes and Co-Head of the Blakes Fintech group. “Through joining the discussion around digital assets with some of the world’s leading innovators, we can build on the expertise we already offer our clients — and bring our own perspective to share with fellow members.”

The mission of the Chamber of Digital Commerce is to promote the acceptance and use of digital assets and blockchain-based technologies. It represents the world’s leading innovators, operators and investors involved in these areas, including startups, software companies, financial institutions and investment firms.

Through education, advocacy and working closely with policymakers, regulators and the industry, the Chamber aims to develop a pro-growth legal environment that fosters innovation, jobs and investment.

Blakes recently brought together Canada’s pre-eminent technology, financial services regulatory and M&A practices to form the Blakes Fintech (financial technology) group.

“We believe there is an enormous amount of potential in fintech and blockchain technology but also a clear need for organizations to be aware of regulation and risk,” said Jacqueline Shinfield, Partner at Blakes and Co-Head of the group. “Our role within the Chamber is another way for us to expand our insight into this industry and its related technology.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP to the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Canada has a very well-positioned industry and regulatory landscape for blockchain adoption, and we look forward to working with Blakes to promote this technology in Canada,” said Perianne Boring, Founder and President of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. 

The Chamber and Blakes are hosting a Blockchain Financial Services Roundtable on November 16 in Toronto.

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About the Chamber of Digital Commerce
The Chamber of Digital Commerce is the world’s leading trade association representing the digital asset and blockchain industry. Our mission is to promote the acceptance and use of digital assets and blockchain-based technologies. Through education, advocacy, and working closely with policymakers, regulatory agencies and industry, our goal is to develop a pro-growth legal environment that fosters innovation, jobs and investment. For more information, please visit: www.digitalchamber.org, and follow us at @ChamberDigital on Twitter.

About Blakes
At Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), we serve a diverse national and international client base, and our integrated office network provides clients with access to the Firm's full spectrum of capabilities in virtually every area of business law. Blakes has offices across Canada and in New York, London, Bahrain and Beijing, along with associated offices in Al-Khobar and Riyadh. Thanks to our clients, Blakes was ranked as having the leading law firm brand in Acritas’ Canadian Law Firm Index 2016. This is the second time we have received this recognition. Blakes was also named Canada Law Firm of the Year for the eighth consecutive year in the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2016 and the top-ranked Canadian firm in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2016. In 2015, we were named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the fifth time and selected as one of the most innovative law firms in the BTI Brand Elite.

More information on Blakes is available by visiting the Firm's website at www.blakes.com or by following us on Twitter @BlakesLaw .

Blakes Media Contacts:

Mathieu Rompré
Director, Firm Public Relations
(514-982-5085)

Hugh Christopher
Communications Manager
(416-863-5816)

Chamber Media Contact:

Patrick Sutton
Paragon Public Relations
Patrick@paragonpr.com
+1.646.558.6226

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