A group of legal industry professionals comprising lawyers, barristers, forensic accountants, corporate intelligence and asset recovery experts have launched CFAAR – the ‘Crypto Fraud and Asset Recovery’ network, bringing together some of the world’s leading names in crypto disputes and advisory with the purpose of developing and sharing best practice in this rapidly evolving sphere and placing the UK and common law jurisdictions at centre stage for global crypto dispute resolution.
As crypto-related frauds, such as those involving cryptocurrency theft, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and ransomware attacks, continue to rise in scale and sophistication, the need for the legal industry and its expert service providers to respond robustly and effectively in this nascent area of practice requires a joined-up approach that provides victims of fraud with the best possible means of redress.
CFAAR’s founding members – Asset Reality, Essex Court Chambers, Grant Thornton, Osborne Clarke, Rahman Ravelli, RPC, Stewarts and Twenty Essex – include practitioners leading the first crypto-related disputes before the English courts, as well as those actively involved in pioneering approaches to global crypto fraud investigations, forensics, advocacy and the tracing and recovery of cryptoassets.
The network is seeking global professionals in the crypto sphere to join an inclusive community that will host regular meetings, seminars, roundtables, conferences and social events to provide opportunities for developing skills, ideas and networks globally, as well as being an authoritative and independent voice in crypto-related judicial and regulatory reviews and consultations.
Commenting independently on CFAAR’s launch, Lawrence Collins (Rt Hon Lord Collins of Mapesbury, former Justice of the UK Supreme Court) said: “Where there is innovation, criminals are not far behind. The latest example is crypto fraud. Criminal enforcement is not a sufficient remedy for victims. The professions have to arm themselves to help clients who have been the victims of fraudsters who offer unbelievable returns in fake offerings, or who create false cryptoassets and false exchanges, and then hide the proceeds of crime through complex webs. London has long been a pre-eminent financial and professional centre, but unfortunately it may also be turning into a centre for international financial crime. CFAAR is uniquely placed to build networks to develop remedies to prevent exploitation and to assist victims.”
Twenty Essex is represented on the Executive Committee of CFAAR by Sam Goodman, who has been working with other members of the Committee on the launch.
For those wanting to register their interest in becoming a member of CFAAR, please join our LinkedIn group “CFAAR – Crypto Fraud and Asset Recovery” by clicking here or searching for ‘CFAAR’ on LinkedIn. Follow on Twitter @CFAARNETWORK.
An in-person launch event is planned in London for October 2021.
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