Led by partner Brian Klein, Baker Marquart is at the forefront of financial technology cases. This includes those involving cryptocurrencies (like Bitcoin and Ethereum), as well as blockchain and ICOs. Financial technology is upending the world of traditional finance, and Baker Marquart is proud to be part of the revolution.

The firm regularly represents financial technology entrepreneurs and companies (from the smallest start-ups to fast growing industry leaders) located in the United States and abroad. We have handled some of the first and most prominent financial technology cases before state and federal regulators (like the SEC and CFTC) and in federal courts around the country in places as diverse as the New York City, Denver, Seattle, and San Francisco. For example, the firm represented Bitcoin pioneer Erik Voorhees in his landmark SEC settlement. As another example, the firm represents Arthur and Kathleen Breitman, as well as their company, in connection with securities class action lawsuits involving the Tezos crowdfunding, which raised over $230 million.

Baker Marquart represented dozens of clients, both individuals and companies, in state and federal criminal and regulatory investigations. In the process, the firm has often secured resolutions that result in no charges being brought and no other types of penalties including fines and forfeiture being assessed. Baker Marquart also has the benefit of having dealt with law enforcement officials in numerous jurisdictions throughout the United States, giving the firm a broad breadth of experience and knowledge. The firm fights for clients wherever that fight may be.

Here are some public cases of note:

  • In Re Tezos Securities Litigation, Master File No. 17-CV-6779-RS (N.D.Cal.) (Landmark token sale class action)
  • In the matter of: Erik T. Voorhees, Administrative Proceeding File No. 3-15902, 2014 WL 2465620 (S.E.C., June 3, 2014) (First SEC settlement for unregistered cryptocurrency securities offering)
  • United States of America v. Wagner, 14-CR-398-WJM (D. Colo.) (Dismissal of case, unlicensed money transmittal charge, before trial)
  • In re Hashfast Technologies, Case No. 14-30725 (Bankr. N.D. Cal.) (First cryptocurrency bankruptcy case)
  • United States of America v. Ong, 17-191-RSL(W.D.Wa.) (Client pleaded guilty to unlicensed money transmittal and received a sentence of time-served for the 20-days he was in detention awaiting bail before the firm represented him)
  • United States of America v. Davis, et al., 13-CR-950-JMF (S.D.N.Y.) (Last Silk Road defendant)
  • United States of America v. Murgio, et al., 15-CR-769-AJN, 2016 WL 5107128 (S.D.N.Y., Sept. 19, 2016) (Landmark unlicensed money transmittal case)