Brian Klein has been profiled as a Law360 2021 Fintech MVP, one of only four lawyers so honored nationally. His victory in the nation’s first cryptocurrency antitrust case helped earn him a spot on the elite list. He represented Payward Ventures Inc. and its founder CEO, which does business as cryptocurrency exchange Kraken, and defeated claims that they schemed with others to hijack a cryptocurrency network.
“What made the case interesting is it was about what happens when there is a hard fork,” Klein said. “There were a lot of novel, interesting issues that came up.” Klein explained, “There is nothing more satisfying than when you feel like you’ve worked really hard for a client and the right results happened and everyone walks away feeling good about it.”
Additionally, Klein handled important cases for Block.one and the Tezos blockchain in settlements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Currently, Klein is one of the lawyers representing Frances Haugen, a former product manager at Facebook who filed whistleblower complaints against the social media giant with the SEC and is set to testify before the Senate this week.
Klein was also honored as a Law360 MVP in Fintech in 2019. In 2021, the honor was given to 182 elite attorneys from 77 firms across 37 practice groups.
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