Do laws regarding shareholder rights apply to a DAO?

Select jurisdiction

  • Italy


To date, there are no laws or regulations regarding the
legal status of DAOs; therefore, no specific
shareholders rights are applicable other than those
decided by the founders/members of a DAO and set
forth within the applicable smart contract.
Furthermore, it is and it will be a matter of debate and
discussion whether a DAO can be incorporated in one
or more of the legal entities types provided by the
Italian Civil Code (e.g., companies, partnerships,
associations). As of today, there are no grounds to
affirm that a DAO can be incorporated in one of the
Italian legal entities recognized by law without a new
regulation, thus not being even any ground to evaluate
whether shareholders’ rights provided by the Italian
Civil Code might be somehow applicable to DAOs.

Lydia Mendola

IP lawyer

We are a virtual law firm for web3 matters.


Meet the team behind WEB3LEX.