The Legal Statement applies areas of insolvency law to digital assets, providing valuable guidance on the approach English courts will take.

By Bruce Bell, Stuart Davis, Gabriel Lakeman, Jessica Walker, and Tim Bennett

In October 2023, the UK’s Jurisdiction Taskforce (UKJT), which is made up of senior judges, lawyers, a law commissioner, and the Financial Conduct Authority as an observer, issued a consultation on the treatment of digital assets in an English insolvency. This has resulted

This is the first decision by the Hong Kong Court on whether clients of a crypto exchange have proprietary claims to cryptocurrencies held on the platform. It confirms that cryptocurrency constitutes property under Hong Kong law.

By Dominic Geiser, Simon Hawkins, Howard K. H. Lam, Adrian Hei-Yin Fong, Flora F. W. Innes, and Tsun Ming (Truman) Mak

In a recent landmark decision of Re Gatecoin Limited [2023] HKCFI 914 involving a Hong Kong cryptocurrency exchange in liquidation, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance expressly confirmed for the first time that cryptocurrency is “property” under Hong Kong law and can be held on trust. This decision aligns Hong Kong with the position in other major common law jurisdictions.

The court also found, based on the facts and circumstances of this particular case, that the cryptocurrency exchange did not hold assets on trust for its customers under its latest applicable terms and conditions, thereby rendering such customers unsecured creditors, rather than beneficiaries, of the exchange.