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The Bahamas lawyers up as the FTX case proceeds in US court and disagreements fester


The Bahamas lawyers up as the FTX case proceeds in US court and disagreements fester

Brown Rudnick has worked for the country since March, but the nation’s potentially increasing role in the case requires the law firm to register in the United States as a foreign agent.

The Bahamas will have legal representation in the unfolding FTX case. The Caribbean nation chose Brown Rudnick as counsel “in certain matters of engagement related to the collapse of FTX Digital Markets Ltd.,” alongside Bahamian lawyers and other experts, according to a statement released by the law firm.

FTX Digital Markets is headquartered in the Bahamas and the top management of the company lived in that country. Cases against the members of the management team are now being heard in the United States, after former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried’s extradition from the Bahamas.

Brown Rudnick has been working for the Bahamas since March to develop a national policy statement on digital assets. The firm was re-engaged by the country after the FTX collapse and late in December filed a registration statement with the U.S. Department of Justice, as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938. It said:

“Some of the Registrant’s activities may involve preparation and dissemination of informational materials and otherwise engaging with U.S. government agencies and the U.S. media.”

Brown Rudnick may also prepare written content for social media on the behalf of the Bahamas, it said.

You would think that a Government of public relations like this one would at least trust a Bahamian firm to get the job done.

A local firm leading the charge with international help would have been the better approach. But as usual, Davis listens to the FNM when it’s too late.

— Michael C. Pintard (@PintardMP) December 30, 2022

The Bahamas has been active in the FTX case from its start and differences with U.S. prosecutors began almost immediately. A competing Chapter 15 bankruptcy claim was filed in a U.S. court by the Bahamas the day after FTX filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Related: Trouble in the Bahamas following FTX collapse: Report

The Securities Commission of the Bahamas (SCB) ordered all FTX Digital Markets digital assets transferred to a wallet it controlled at the beginning of the bankruptcy cases, leading to criticism from the new FTX management. This burgeoned into accusations that the SCB had asked Bankman-Fried to create a new token for it and that it was attempting to favor the country’s citizens in the claims against the company.

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