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I’m an associate lawyer with Norton Rose Fulbright’s London office, a fellow of the Adam Smith Institute, and a co-founder of Project Ðouglas.

My primary practice (securitisation) consists mainly of advising on a range of asset-backed transactions including CMBS, RMBS, covered bonds, esoteric ABS such as utilities and transport, and credit support/risk transfer arrangements including single-tranche and portfolio guarantees. The securitisation team regularly acts for a broad cross-section of public and private sector industry participants, including issuers, trustees, borrowers, guarantors and investors.

As to cryptocurrency and decentralised computing (crypto), I’m currently focusing on industrial uses for blockchains – particularly commercial applications for smart contracts/DAOs. I consult regularly with established industrial enterprises, developers and entrepreneurs in the space, both within my practice and independently. If you’re in the field and have a business or legal query, please feel free to get in touch – my contact details are at the bottom of this page. I’d be happy to hear from you and have a chat.

Uniquely among global law firms, Norton Rose Fulbright has an active international crypto practice, and the firm represents a range of clients in the space. We regularly advise on domestic or cross-border business issues encountered in the industry, whether in relation to (i) tax, (ii) insolvency, (iii) corporate formation and governance, (iv) intellectual property,  (v) crowdfunding, payment services or other financial regulation, (vi) KYC and AML, (vii) litigation, (viii) structuring and securities, or (ix) venture capital financing from the firm’s network of offices in over 50 cities worldwide.

As to the ASI, my current interests include housing reform and alternative finance – including, naturally, cryptocurrency, on which I regularly blog, give talks or provide press comment.

All views expressed on this website are solely my own. They do not represent the views of Norton Rose Fulbright or the Adam Smith Institute.

Hanging out (second from left) with (L-R) Daniel Ben-Ami, Marc Sidwell, Nick Pickles, and Nick Harkaway on the “Technology and Liberty” keynote panel at LLFF14.


Get in touch

Linkedin: uk.linkedin.com/in/prestonbyrne

Twitter: @prestonjbyrne

E-mail: preston.byrne@nortonrosefulbright.com 

Text and images copyright Preston Byrne 2014. Suffice it to say, reading the content on, or commenting on, this website does not create a solicitor/client relationship; the posts on this website do not constitute legal advice (you’ll need a signed engagement letter for that). 

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