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Anton Vashkevich
Managing Partner, Simplawyer

Anton Vashkevich is the founder and managing partner of Simplawyer, a legal tech think tank.

A lawyer, developer, analyst and strategist with a unique mix of legal, management and technology expertise and vision. He’s practice focuses on Legal Design, Legal Efficiency, Smart Contracts, Smart Corporate Relations, Law Automation and Legal Software.
Before Simplawyer, for more than ten years he worked as an M&A/Corporate lawyer in leading international and Russian law firms, as well as the head of legal in a large private infrastructure holding.

Anton is the author of book on business smart contracts, the law automation concept white paper, numerous articles of legal efficiency, design and automation. He is a speaker in international and Russian legal tech events.

Outside of his work, Anton is a big aviation enthusiast, music lover and a musician himself.

Smart contracts got a lot of hype. It was promised that they could replace banks, notaries and even the judicial system. Over time, it turned out that they can’t.
Excitement changed to caution. Technical limits, their security, and legal issues are getting more and more attention. For example, there’s a great summary of those in Jimmy Song’s article, The Truth about Smart Contracts[1] (which I really recommend).

At the same time, smart contracts are a great technology with serious potential. They can change the legal reality, the work of lawyers and the life of the business.
So, let’s see what they actually are, how useful they can be for the actual business and what they still can’t do. (To keep the article relatively short, I assume that everybody’s familiar with a general concept of smart contracts and myths related to them.)


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