Charles Kerrigan

Partner, CMS
The Blockchain Industry Landscape Overview 2018 names Charles as one of the UK’s leading influencers on blockchain. He is the UK’s “recommended lawyer” for blockchain and digital technology in the UK Parliament Hub.

He is a lawyer specialising in finance and technology. He works on corporate finance and venture capital fundraising transactions for companies, funds, platforms and financial institutions. He works on consulting projects on blockchain, digital assets, AI and automation/transformation for public bodies, policy makers, standards institutions and corporate clients.

Charles sits on the Bank of England’s Financial Markets Law Committee on Virtual Currencies; he is a board member of the Innovators Board at the Big Innovation Centre, named Think Tank of the Year 2018.

He sits on the 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).

Books:

Growing with Blockchain (Navarro, 2020), Practical Lending and Security Precedents (General Editor, Sweet & Maxwell 2020), The Financing of Intangible Assets, TMT Finance and Emerging Technologies (Butterworths, 2019), Responsible AI (Co-author IKTA, 2019).

Recent Articles:

Artificial Intelligence and Equity; Artificial Intelligence and Uncertainty; and Artificial Intelligence and Fallibility.

Tokenisation and Digital Assets: Blockchain in Capital Raising

Laws and Legal principals relating to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies: a Taxonomy

 “Charles Kerrigan is the go-to person in the London market for funding intangible and digital assets.” – Legal 500, 2019
Contributed to

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Automated advice models (including ‘robo-advice’) in financial services
Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at automated financial product advisers (or ‘robo-advisers’): automated computer systems that provide financial planning services with little or no human intervention. They are emerging across the financial service industry, helping consumers choose investments, banking products and insurance policies.

England and Wales—cross border banking and finance guide
Practice notes

This cross border Banking & Finance guide provides a summary of the key issues for lenders providing commercial loan facilities in England and Wales including loan markets and recent developments, lending, security and guarantees, enforcement, intercreditor issues and governing law and disputes

Other work

English law legal opinion—assumptions checklist

This Checklist sets out the principal assumptions which are typically found in legal opinions issued on loan transactions. It assumes that the transaction documentation will be governed by English law and that the borrower is incorporated in England and Wales. However, the Checklist also includes assumptions which are typically included in an English law legal opinion where either the transaction documentation (or some of it) and the borrower are incorporated overseas. Where relevant, it cross refers to the relevant provision in the Lexis®PSL precedent legal opinion letter

English law legal opinion—qualifications checklist

This Checklist sets out the principal qualifications which are typically found in legal opinions issued on loan transactions. it assumes that the transaction documentation will be governed by English law and that the borrower is incorporated in England and Wales. However, the Checklist also includes qualifications which are typically included in and English law legal opinion where either the transaction documentation (or some of it) and the borrower are incorporated overseas

Practice areas

Panel

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  • Other Publications

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