Three predictions for corporate tech in 2019

Jan 4, 2019 ·

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Fieldfisher corporate partner Tim Bird considers the prospects and pitfalls for tech deal-making in the year ahead.

1. Blockchain

2018 turned out to be a sobering year for those invested in blockchain – either directly via cryptocurrencies and equities in blockchain businesses, or indirectly in time and effort spent tracking and advising on blockchain-oriented deals.

This time last year, many of us were eagerly anticipating CoinsBank’s Blockchain Cruise Asia 2018, kick-starting what was widely expected to be a year of strong growth in the blockchain and crypto sector.

At the time of setting sail from Singapore on 15 January, a Bitcoin was valued at around $12,000. Much to the detriment of on-board morale, the price plunged by 25% while the ship was somewhere in the Malacca Strait between Singapore and Phuket.

This alone led to many blockchain-based cryptocurrency projects being mothballed during the year.

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