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At Nardello & Co, we help our clients navigate the challenge of dealing with cryptocurrency transactions and counterparties through expert fact finding, investigations and advice in the most complex matters.

The use of blockchain technology is moving quickly into the mainstream of commercial and consumer business, and the inherent anonymity of transacting on the blockchain poses a new spectrum of challenges. Nardello & Co helps clients deal with the technical complexities, as well as the regulatory and reputational risk of engaging with assets that trade on the blockchain. Our team’s extensive, practical experience on both sides of the regulatory equation provides clients with the facts needed to make informed judgements about working with blockchain transactions, including cryptocurrencies and other cryptoassets. We focus on key issues such as:

We draw on our diverse backgrounds as former federal cybercrime and financial crime investigators, federal prosecutors, in-house counsel, intelligence operatives, research analysts, journalists, compliance professionals, and forensic accountants to provide a comprehensive picture of cryptocurrency-related risk. We are highly focused on fast-moving technological and law enforcement trends to ensure that our work is focused on the areas of greatest potential exposure to our clients.

We offer a broad range of capabilities focused on the practical realities of managing cryptocurrency related risks, from pre-transaction diligence to in-depth global investigations, litigation support and regulatory compliance. Our services include:

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Case Study | Crypto Exchange Investigation

Nardello & Co was engaged by an US client who was defrauded by a foreign cryptocurrency exchange and network of related companies. This probe included a thorough investigation of the company and its business practices, as well as deep background investigations of its owners. Our work developed evidence and intelligence that confirmed the client’s suspicion that their experience was not a one-off event, and that the exchange was a bad actor with a long history of malfeasance. Intelligence and evidence developed in this investigation was used to inform the client’s legal strategy.

Case Study | Documenting a Crypto Exchange’s Efforts to Evade Regulatory Guidelines

Nardello & Co. was engaged by an international law firm on behalf of a client who believed that a crypto-related company gained a competitive advantage through illegal business practices. Conducting extensive research (including, inter alia, a review of corporate records, business directories and domain registrations) in numerous jurisdictions, we were able to document links between related companies that showed that the target company had engaged in a scheme that allowed it to conduct business in certain jurisdictions without exposure to those jurisdictions’ regulatory guidelines. Through extensive testing on the target company’s site, we also established that the target company’s “know your customer” checks and geo-blocking policies (intended to block access to the company’s site for individuals from regulated jurisdictions) – checks and policies that the company claimed were robust – were in reality limited and ineffective and served solely as window dressing to appease regulators’ calls for tighter access controls. Our findings formed the basis for a referral to regulatory authorities

Case Study | Investigating Crypto-Driven Money Laundering

Nardello experts managed a global money laundering investigation utilizing cryptocurrency transactions, focused on a money laundering organization (MLO) operating within the United States and abroad. The investigation revealed the current methodologies utilized by the MLO and blockchain analysis was used to identify individuals, companies, bank accounts and various forms of cryptocurrency. The investigation also identified various members of the MLO who were traveling internationally and utilized cryptocurrency to conceal funds.

Case Study | Regulatory Defense for Crypto Clients

On behalf of defendants charged in connection with a series of cryptocurrency transactions, Nardello & Co. conducted interviews in an effort to disprove the allegations and conducted a background investigation on an associate whose actions may have sparked the enforcement action. Investigators conducted litigation support research on global basis, to produce, inter alia, background intelligence on potential witnesses, “red flag” memoranda on certain subjects, critical reports on government experts, social media analysis, and research papers on technical topics of interest.

WHAT SETS US APART

Nardello & Co.’s adherence to core values has led clients to retain us time and again on matters of the utmost importance and sensitivity. Our relationships are built on:

About our firm

Nardello & Co. is a plobal investigations firm whose experienced professionals handle a broad ranpe
of issues including due diligence, anti-corruption and fraud investigations, civil and white colla
criminal litigation and arbitration support, asset tracing, activist defense, political risk and
strategic intelligence, digital investigations and cyber defense, monitorships and independent
investigations, and compliance.

Our clients include the world’s leading law firms and financial institutions, Fortune 500 and FTSE
100 companies, high-net-worth individuals and family offices, governments, NGOs, sports
organizations, and academic institutions.

With offices in New York, London, Washington DC, Honp Kong, Tokyo, and Dubai, Nardello & Co.
maintains a professional staff that includes former US federal prosecutors, US and international
lawyers, former law
enforcement personnel and intelligence operatives, licensed investigators, research analysts,
former journalists,
financial crime specialists, forensic accountants, and computer forensic experts.

Our Services

With Nardello & Co. as your best kept secret, we’ve got you covered with worldwide capabilities working in your best interest:

Contact

John Auerbach
Managing Director

jauerbach@nardelloandco.com
+1 202 545 3000

Carla McRoberts
Managing Director

cmcroberts@nardelloandco.com
+44 (0)20 7079 5900

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