FTX Creditors Hire Law Firm Paul Hastings as Representation

Paul Hastings beat out multiple law firms that pitched to lead legal work in the bankruptcy proceedings, the Wall Street Journal said.

AccessTimeIconDec 22, 2022 at 12:48 p.m. UTC
Updated May 9, 2023 at 4:05 a.m. UTC

Paul Hastings LLP has been tapped to represent FTX creditors in the crypto exchange's bankruptcy proceedings, the law firm told CoinDesk on Thursday.

A court document filed on the same day shows the New York law firm, along with Delaware-based Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, will be handling "all papers served or required to be served," in the bankruptcy case on behalf of creditors.

A creditor committee chose Paul Hastings from among a number of firms that pitched for the role, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. The report added that the process to select a financial adviser is ongoing. The creditors' committee was formed last Thursday.

As the collapsed global crypto exchange's bankruptcy proceedings continue in the U.S., what remains of the company is attempting to gather over $1 billion in cash assets scattered across the globe.

At a meeting of FTX creditors held Tuesday, U.S. Trustee Juliet Sarkessian urged creditors looking to secure their representation in the case to reach out to the committee's counsel once formally in place.

"They can be contacted," said Sarkessian, a U.S Department of Justice official charged with overseeing bankruptcy cases, of the lawyers that were yet to be appointed. "They do not represent you [the creditors] personally. They may be able to provide some help though, and they may even create their own website potentially for information for creditors."

On Wednesday, FTX's disgraced founder Sam Bankman-Fried was set to be extradited from the Bahamas to the U.S. to face criminal charges. Meanwhile, two executives in his inner circle, Caroline Ellison and Gary Wang, agreed to a plea deal with the Justice Department.

Jack Schickler contributed reporting.

UPDATE (Dec. 22, 13:08 UTC): Reflects confirmation from Paul Hastings LLP in headline and first paragraph.

UPDATE (Dec. 23, 09:15 UTC): Adds court filing reflecting Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP will also be representing the creditors to second paragraph.


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