29 Apr 2021

The Working Group is currently focussing on:

  • The development of various solutions including ones utilising blockchain and the use of artificial intelligence.  The working group will consider these, the various players working on them and ensure members are made aware of developments; e.g. through commissioning studies and/or events to assist with a greater understanding within our membership.
  • Working with the IA Engine to highlight the work of PropTechs and FinTechs that could open up tech-driven possibilities and solve challenges faced by AREF members.
  • The improvement of data standards. This includes working closely with the RED Foundation.


Charles Kerrigan

Charles Kerrigan

Partner in the Banking & International Finance Team, CMS UK

Charles acts on finance and technology (fintech) transactions and projects. He acts for fintechs, funds, technology companies, governments, trade bodies and corporations.

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. 

In the last 12 months Charles worked on two of the largest TMT M&A transactions in Europe; over 30 funding transactions involving IP and intangible assets as the primary collateral; multiple online platform financings; and for over 25 clients with blockchain or tokenisation projects.