Firm attorneys around the world have deep experience representing and advising clients in cryptocurrency-related disputes and government investigations. We have acted for individuals and companies ranging from cryptocurrency investors and ICO start-up CEOs, to cryptocurrency exchanges and banking entities, cryptocurrency development platforms, cryptocurrency mining companies, and confidential whistleblowers. Clients turn to us in cryptocurrency matters across the spectrum for our market-leading litigation and investigations expertise. We have been involved in investigations by the SEC and CFTC, claims involving breach of contract, fraud and computer hacking, trademark infringement, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, intellectual property matters, share valuation, and employment and currency manipulation. Quinn Emanuel is also unique in that we represent both plaintiffs and defendants in different cases. This gives us rare insight into the thinking of the parties and lawyers on the other side.
Since the creation of Bitcoin in 2009, the world of cryptocurrencies has expanded rapidly, drawing large amounts of attention and scrutiny, and creating significant wealth for many new entrants to this market. With the meteoric rise of Bitcoin and Ether, the surge of new currencies, and—until recently—the relative lack of regulation, it is no surprise the cryptocurrency marketplace has been fertile ground for civil litigation and government inquiries. More recently, cryptocurrencies have attracted increased regulatory scrutiny and enforcement actions, including from the SEC, which has monitored ICOs for fraud and misconduct; the CFTC, which has exercised authority over derivatives markets; the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which has classified non-securities and non-commodities as “money transmitters” subject to anti-money laundering requirements; and state banking regulators, which have overseen cryptocurrency trading platforms with an eye toward consumer protection. Quinn Emanuel is committed to staying on top of the latest developments in technology and regulation.
Our cryptocurrency practice includes individuals with extensive regulatory, prosecution, and trial experience. For example, Dave Grable is a former federal prosecutor who has litigated significant, high-dollar claims involving cryptocurrency companies; Michael Liftik is former Deputy Chief of Staff at the SEC, where he helped developed the agency’s earliest policy responses to cryptocurrencies, and who currently represents several individuals and companies in ongoing SEC and CFTC cryptocurrency investigations; and Alex Spiro is a former prosecutor who specializes in white collar crime and an array of complex issues in a wide range of industries.
As heightened regulatory activity in the area of cryptocurrency continues and civil disputes among participants emerge in this space, Quinn Emanuel’s cryptocurrency practice is laser-focused on the latest developments and can help you or your company stay on the right side of the emerging law. As the world’s best trial lawyers, Quinn Emanuel is perfectly situated to handle the broad spectrum of issues that cryptocurrency creators, facilitators, and investors face on a regular basis—we have handled it all.Back to Top
On December 27, 2018, Quinn Emanuel lost a friend and long-time partner Steve Anderson. Steve graduated from Harvard Law School in 1989 and joined the firm in 1994 when there were 30 attorneys at the firm. He was a founding member of the firm’s patent practice, which he helped to grow in his 24 years at the firm.
Steve was a gifted patent litigator with a background in computer sciences. Steve was smart, pragmatic, athletic, adventurous, and a fierce competitor. He loved boating, flying helicopters and being surrounded by family and friends. For the past 15 years he displayed indomitable courage and determination fighting illness, while continuing to contribute to the firm’s success and enjoying life. He leaves behind his wife Michelle and their daughter Sydney. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.