Bio

Roy is a leading partner in the firm’s Emerging Technologies practice, and provides expert guidance and legal advice in various transformative fields:

  • Fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, including distributed ledger technology, smart contracts, tokenization, and Initial Coin Offerings, algo-trading, Dex, Defi, DAOs, and various financial regulation issues.
  • Artificial intelligence, machine learning and generative AI
  • Cybersecurity, data protection and incident response
  • Web 3.0, metaverse, decentralized applications (dApps), and gaming.

Financial compliance, anti-money-laundering and counter-terrorism-financing regulation.

Substantial part of Roy’s practice focuses on structuring and designing innovative legal solutions to meet the specific needs of our clients in either highly regulated or under-regulated environments. As such, Roy assists clients in structuring their businesses to penetrate new markets across multiple jurisdictions. This includes providing guidance on market entry strategies, local regulatory compliance, and corporate and commercial legal considerations.

For foreign clients looking to explore business opportunities in Israel, Roy provides legal counsel on Israeli licensing requirements, regulatory compliance, and corporate and commercial matters.

Roy’s background uniquely combines government and business experience. Formerly, Roy served as the legal advisor of the Israeli National Security Council in the Prime Minister’s Office and as an IDF officer in the international law department.

EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Represented Bit2C, the only Israeli crypto exchange company, in its license application from the Israel Capital Markets Authority.
  • Represented Tectona (Tect (TLV)) in matters related to ISA approval of holding and managing digital assets.
  • Represented the first NFT music concert in Israel.
  • Provided legal opinion to multinational exchanges and fortune 500 companies related to their blockchain operation in Israel.
  • Representing Backed, a first-of-its-kind, tokenization services for real-world-assets in its set-up and expansion in the European market.
  • Representing several companies developing decentralized blockchain L1/L2 protocols.
  • Represented various algo-trading companies/funds trading in traditional markets and crypto Cefi/Defi.
  • Represented cyber protection companies in their joint acquisition by one of the Big-4.
  • Founded 3 companies in the field of emerging technologies.
  • Former representative of several government appointed national committees: Investigation into the circumstances leading to the abduction of Gilad Shalit (“Eiland Committee”); Implementation of the Vinograd report post the Second Lebanese war (“Lipkin-Shachak Committee”); UN investigation into the flotilla incident (“Palmer committee”).
  • Lecturer in Reichman University in the fields of emerging technologies and national security and legal aspects of blockchain technology.

Recognition

FinTech 2024: FinTech Legal

Chambers Global

“Roy is extremely responsive and great to work with. I would recommend him for Israeli FinTech and blockchain related matters at any time.”

“Roy is an extremely talented and experienced attorney in the blockchain sector. Working with him gives me peace of mind.”

Education
1997 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | LLB
2001 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | LLM
2008 Harvard University, Massachusetts | MPA
Admission
1998 Israel
Additional roles
Founding member, International Blockchain Lawyers Group (BLG)
Member of the Blockchain Lawyers Forum, Israel
Roy Kiedar

Roy Keidar

Partner
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Roy Kiedar