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Charles Kerrigan

Charles Kerrigan

  • Firm: CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Practice Area: Blockchain
  • Country: England, United Kingdom
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Cannon Place, 78 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 6AF.

About Charles Kerrigan

The Blockchain Industry in the UK Landscape Overview names Charles as a “leading influencer in blockchain”. He is part of teams working on investing and setting standards for emtech in the UK, Europe and the US.
At CMS he is part of the firm’s specialist crypto and digital assets team.
Charles is a specialist in emerging technologies including crypto, digital assets, decentralised finance, Web3 and AI. He works on corporate finance and venture capital transactions in crypto, tokenisation, NFTs, Web3 and DeFi. He works on consulting projects on blockchain and AI for public bodies, policy makers, standards institutions, and corporations.
He has worked on transactions worth over $5bn funding fintech platforms; on over 65 NFT projects; for more than 250 cryptoasset clients; including global exchanges, blockchain gaming and play-to-earn projects, DeFi and Web3 platforms; crypto and digital assets investment & M&A; tokenisation projects for debt, equity and alternative assets.
  • Advisory boards of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence (APPG AI) and the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain (APPG Blockchain).
  • Bank of England’s Financial Markets Law Committee on Virtual Currencies.
  • Special Consultee to the UK LawTech Delivery Panel’s Legal Statement on Cryptoassets and Smart Contracts.
  • Expert consultant to the UNCITRAL UNIDROIT group on legal issues related to the digital economy.
  • UK Law Commission Commercial law team on legal policy relating to emerging technology.
  • UK’s “recommended lawyer” for blockchain and digital technology in the UK Parliament Hub.
  • Lecturer on finance and fintech, including at LSE, UCL and City University.
  • Crypto and Digital Assets Law and Regulation – Editor and Co-author (Sweet and Maxwell, due Spring 2023)
  • Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Regulation – Co-author (Global Legal Group, due Spring 2023)
  • AI, Machine Learning & Big Data – Contributing Editor (Global Legal Group, 2022)
  • Artificial Intelligence Law and Regulation – Editor and Co-author (Edward Elgar, 2022)
  • Practical Lending and Security Precedents – General Editor (Sweet and Maxwell, 2020)
  • Growing with Blockchain – Co-author (Novaro Publishing, 2020)
  • The Financing of Intangible Assets, TMT Finance and Emerging Technologies – Author (Butterworths, 2019)
  • Responsible AI – Co-author (ILTA, 2019)
  • UK Finance: NFTs in Financial Services – Author (2022)
  • Asset Recovery and International Cooperation (including Mutual Legal Assistance) – Team member for report on Crypto-assets and asset recovery (2022)
  • Citywealth Crypto 100: Chair of Editorial Board (2022)
Press and Journals:
  • Monthly columns in City AM and Citywire; quarterly column in Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law; occasional writing in The Times; The Guardian; Bloomberg UK Financial Services Law Journal; E-Finance and Payments Law and Policy; Financier Worldwide; International Accountant.
Representative Articles:
  • Artificial Intelligence and Equity; Artificial Intelligence and Uncertainty; Artificial Intelligence and Fallibility (Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, 2019)
  • Laws and Legal principles relating to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies: A Taxonomy (JIBFL 2019)
  • Tokenisation and Digital Assets: Blockchain in Capital Raising (JIBFL 2020)
  • The Work of Art in the Age of Mathematical Representation (City AM 2021)
  • Crypto Yield Products (JIBFL 2022)
  • Ralph, Dobs and the Flippening (Citywire August 2022)
  • Crypto isn’t a what, it’s a how (Citywire July 2022)
  • Erika-Federis.medium.com
  • Recommended in Who’s Who Legal Fintech 2022 Blockchain 2022
  • Lecturer on finance and fintech, including LSE, UCL and City University
  • The Lawyer Hot 100 2022 list of “most daring, innovative and creative lawyers”.
  • Who’s Who Legal – Blockchain 2021 – Leading Lawyer “Charles Kerrigan is a highly respected individual who excels at advising clients on emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and blockchain technology.”
  • Legal 500 – Leading Individual – Fintech
  • Chambers & Partners – Ranked lawyer – Banking & Finance
  • Legal 500 UK Awards 2020 – nomination for Individual Lawyer of the Year – TMT
  • “has particular expertise with regards to blockchain” Legal 500, 2022
  • “One of the few firms that gets crypto.” Legal 500, 2022
  • “Charles Kerrigan is a highly respected individual who excels at advising clients on emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and blockchain technology.” Who’s Who Legal – Blockchain 2021 – Leading Lawyer
  • “Charles Kerrigan is the go-to person in the London market for funding intangible and digital assets.” – Legal 500, 2019
  • Charles Kerrigan “is an excellent technical lawyer with a strong ability to be commercial. He is immensely clever and always finds a workable solution.” Chambers & Partners 2019
  • Crypto A.M. Award Winner 2020 – Professional Services
  • Security Tokens Realised Award Winner London 2020

Q&A With Charles Kerrigan


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