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Anthony Tu-Sekine, head of Seward & Kissel LLP’s Blockchain Cryptocurrency Group and partner at the firm, has been named a 2022 Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, and Fintech Trailblazer by The National Law Journal. He is one of only 24 attorneys recognized nationally.

Almost a decade ago, Mr. Tu-Sekine began servicing clients on matters related to digital assets and by 2018, he had established Seward & Kissel’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Group, which now consists of 26 lawyers and is widely recognized as a leading practice in the area. The group advises clients on issues arising from investments in assets based on blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technology and on projects involving cryptoassets, DeFi, and blockchain enterprise solutions.

Mr. Tu-Sekine has advised clients on a wide range of topics, including how to structure, issue and register tokens in ICOs, custody of both utility tokens and tokens that are securities, transfer and liquidity issues, and investments in crypto assets by funds and other investors. His notable matters include the launch of OneGold.com, an online marketplace that employed blockchain technology to let users buy precious metals without taking physical possession of them. More recently, Mr. Tu-Sekine guided Sotheby’s through the historic auction house’s first sale of NFTs. The three-day sale of limited-edition works from the digital artist Pak generated nearly $17 million.

Mr. Tu-Sekine’s profile is available here.

The opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the firm or its clients, or any of its or their respective affiliates. This article is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.


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As the head of Seward & Kissel’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Group and a frequent commentator on all things crypto, Anthony advises clients on a wide range of evolving topics, including how to structure and issue security and utility tokens, registered and unregistered offerings of security tokenstoken custody, transfer and liquidity issues, non-security opinions, and investments in crypto assets by funds and other investors. A recognized leader on physical precious metals funds, Anthony represented APMEX Inc. and alternative asset manager Sprott Inc. in connection with the launch of OneGold.com, which allows investors to own gold documented on blockchain.

You can work with regulators or you can really try to piss them off… If you really want to do the latter, then you should expect that they will bring every tool they have against you.

Anthony’s thoughts on BitMEX indictment, as published in Law360 article “BitMEX Case Seen as Blessing in Disguise for Crypto Sector”