At times it seems that the only thing more popular than crypto is stealing it. 2020 and 2021 have been bumper years for thieves, fraudsters and scammers at both ends of the spectrum – swindling pensioners for pocket change and hacking exchanges for hundreds of millions. The technology underpinning many cryptocurrency networks – the indelible, pseudonymous blockchain – is both a blessing and a curse for victims and lawyers trying to recover stolen assets. On the one hand, victims can often see exactly where their stolen crypto has gone. On the other, without the equivalent of a bank to trace them to, a dose of luck is required to be able identify the wrongdoer and recover the assets. If a victim gets lucky, then the courts can offer invasive and effective tools to make the victim whole.
Sam Roberts is a partner and litigator at City law firm,Cooke, Young & Keidan. Sam specialises in finance and technology disputes and fraud. Sam’s cases frequently involve injunctions over stolen property, and multi-jurisdictional asset tracing. He has worked on a number of asset-recovery claims involving pioneering legal developments, frequently making innovative use of technology platforms to advance the practice of litigation. In the technology sphere, Sam is regularly instructed in software licensing and development disputes, payment and crypto thefts and frauds, and M&A claims. Sam co-founded the Tech Disputes Network, a networking and education group for professionals in the sector.
Wednesday, 16 March 2022
16:00 - 16:45 GMT
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