Rafael Yakobi, Esq. Managing Attorney
In the last four years of practicing exclusively in the cryptocurrency space, Rafael has done extensive regulatory work at the state and federal levels, including both collaborative and adverse interactions with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and countless state regulators. In addition to defensive regulatory work, Rafael advises a plethora of small to large crypto exchange operations, token issuers, and DAOs to help them navigate their legal obligations, mitigate risks, and focus on growing their businesses, disrupting existing regimes, or experimenting with censorship resistant, immutable, decentralized technology.
Rafael’s initial interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrency began in 2013. Since then, he has gained extensive understanding and experience with fundamental and technical analysis, market operations and risks, arbitrage, custodial and cyber-security procedures, and the political, philosophical, and economic motivations that set the stage for the ubiquitous rise of cryptocurrency. In 2017 as the world began to finally notice the technological and economic disruption taking place in this arena, Rafael felt compelled to get involved, contribute, and support what is likely to be the most important technological revolution of our generation.
Prior to the formation of The Crypto Lawyers, Rafael litigated complex securities class actions against the biggest financial institutions in the world, represented consumers in class-actions combating corporate malfeasance, prosecuted antitrust class-actions against bad actors in the financial and commodity space, represented whistleblowers in False Claims Act cases against corporations that defrauded taxpayers, defended the rights of individuals charged with white collar and other crimes on Wall Street, and represented investors and financial advisors in FINRA, AAA, and JAMS arbitrations.
- The State Bar of California
- United States District Court for the Northern District of California
- United States District Court for the Central District of California
- Bitcoin Fungibility, Mixing And The Legal Limits On Maintaining Privacy Bitcoin Magazine, March 17, 2020
- Should CoinJoin Users Be Flagged? Is Privacy Illegal? The Stephan Livera Podcast, April 11, 2020
Agustin M. Barbara, Esq. Of-Counsel
Agustin M. Barbara is Of-Counsel to The Crypto Lawyers and actively assists the firm in handling a wide range of cryptocurrency and blockchain related matters and disputes, including issues with leading cryptocurrency exchanges such as deposit and withdrawal restrictions, account suspensions and terminations, chargebacks, and frozen assets. Agustin also helps represent victims of cryptocurrency scams, thefts, and frauds, by vigorously investigating and pursuing perpetrators in order to recover funds and shut down these often criminal organizations.
In addition, Agustin is the managing partner of A.M. Barbara. As a registered patent attorney, his practice involves all aspects of securing and enforcing intellectual property rights, including the prosecution and protection of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, and related litigation.
Agustin received his bachelor’s degree at Florida International University (FIU), where he specialized in Biomedical Engineering. Agustin graduated summa cum laude from the FIU Chapman Graduate School of Business with a Master of Business Administration, and earned his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law. While attending law school, Agustin clerked for two prominent South Florida attorneys, where he gained extensive experience in all aspects of civil and criminal defense litigation, in both state and federal trial and appellate levels.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Agustin worked as a research associate in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics at the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, where he focused on using various cell-based, genetic, and transgenic technology to uncover the functions of various genes in normal development and in various diseases. Agustin’s research in identifying the role played by relaxin family peptides and their receptors in various physiological systems was published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Biology of Reproduction and Molecular Endocrinology.
- The State Bar of Florida
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Philip Pentaliotis Of-Counsel
Phillip has vast experience with clients internationally, assisting in setting up a host of European and International legal departments and fundamental in the creation and running of fully licensed international businesses and funds. Phillip assists the The Crypto Lawyers with offshore entity formation, fundraising, token launches, and a range of corporate work for crypto projects.
Trained under the Law Society in London, holding an LLB (Hons) and a Masters degree in International Corporate law, Philip has developed a specialised skill set enabling him to bolster teams and bring complex plans into fruition. Recently attending legal, corporate, blockchain and residency conferences as a keynote speaker.
Michael A. Mahr Jr., (JD, 2021) Law Clerk
Michael A. Mahr Jr. is a third-year law student at the University at Buffalo School of Law, class of 2021. During the fall of 2019, Michael completed the New York City Program in Finance and Law, and held an externship with New York City Council Member Ben Kallos.
At The Crypto Lawyers, Michael assists with complex legal research, preparation of regulatory correspondence and legal memoranda, and the development of case theories and legal strategy. His rigorous academic approach provides value in synthesizing intricate federal securities law, state money transmission laws, and other relevant areas of law germane to the regulation and administration of digital assets.