1-Hour Program

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Distress has come to the cryptocurrency markets and the financial sector that has sprung up along with it.  Like with the 2008 financial crisis, market participants are now confronted with how these investments function in a declining market and, ultimately, within the scope of bankruptcy.  In particular, the cryptocurrency lending industry presents a plethora of novel legal issues with which bankruptcy courts will have to grapple.  Many of these issues go to the heart of core bankruptcy protections that are offered to debtors and creditors alike.  Stakeholders should understand that previously settled notions about the impact of bankruptcy may not play out as expected. 

This presentation will include:

  • A primer on the structure of cryptocurrency finance markets and unique features as compared to traditional finance (5 minutes)
  • Updates on recent bankruptcy cases and the status of the market (5 minutes)
  • Scope of the automatic stay and issues with applicability to cryptocurrency transactions (15 minutes)
  • Whether bankruptcy debtors will be able to utilize executory contract powers to facilitate corporate reorganizations (10 minutes)
  • Issues with respect to the application of avoidance actions to cryptocurrency transactions (10 minutes)
  • What kind of claims and protections retail “depositors” and other counterparties may hold in bankruptcy proceedings (10 minutes)
  • Overlay between regulatory structures and bankruptcy law (5 minutes)


Who Should Attend:  In-house counsel, outside attorneys, compliance, finance and other allied professionals interested in the structure of cryptocurrency finance markets and bankruptcy law

Program Level: Update

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: None



Noah M. Schottenstein

DLA Piper LLP (US)


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