Amsterdam, 6th of February 2018 – The Dutch Blockchain Coalition (DBC) will welcome two new core partners, law firm and notary office Pels Rijcken and Blockchain specialist Ledger Leopard. Both partners bring in a lot of new legal and technical knowledge, and will thus strengthen this coalition of 29 partners with the goal of creating conditions for reliable and socially accepted blockchain applications in the Netherlands.
René Penning de Vries, chairman of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition, is very pleased with these two new entrants. ‘We look forward to the injection of knowledge from these new partners. It will enable us all the more to get the required blockchain foundations such as strong identities, appropriate laws and regulations and a strong human capital agenda off the ground. Furthermore, the leaders of these organizations Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage (lawyer-partner at Pels Rijcken) and Jeroen van Megchelen (CEO at Ledger Leopard) are excellent ambassadors that can talk in an inspiring way about its various applications and how we can make the Netherlands blockchain-ready.’
Ledger Leopard contributes both technically and in terms of the required preconditions. “At Ledger Leopard, we believe in taking things on together and also sharing them together. We want to share the knowledge and experiences we acquire at Ledger Leopard with the public. For this, we see the Dutch Blockchain Coalition as a very suitable platform and partner,’’ says Jeroen van Megchelen.
Pels Rijcken focuses on the legal side and will continue the work it did for the smart contracts work group in 2017. This work group, consisting of 20 members in total, researches which legal issues organisations have to consider and what new kinds of knowledge and education are needed. See the work group’s first publication here.
Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage: “Being part of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition’s strategy team allows us to work on the development of social innovation. This wholly aligns with Pels Rijcken’s ambition to improve the Dutch innovation climate.”
The Dutch Blockchain Coalition is a public-private cooperation with 29 partners from the service industry (banks, insurance, notaries, legal services), the industries of logistics, energy, security and IT, ministries, the knowledge sector, supervisory bodies such as De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) and the Royal Notary Association (KNB) and organisations such as TNO and ECP | Platform for Information Society.
The coalition wants to use blockchain technology to enable a new digital exchange system for governments, companies, and citizens with trust, security, and legality as its core principles. Blockchain has an enormous range of potential, from accelerated mortgage requests to easily settling energy payments and citizens having control over their own information (self-sovereign identity).
The coalition has an agenda for action in which it tests the possibilities of blockchain technology and tests it in the light of current laws and regulations. It supports education and talent development by means of a Human Capital Agenda. Other important pillars are establishing strong cybersecurity and compiling a publicly and privately financed research and training program in this area.
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