Who We Are

Rafael Yakobi, Esq.

Managing Attorney

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.

Admissions
• 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

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Michael A. Mahr Jr. (JD Candidate 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.

Ethan Pierse

Advisor

Ethan is the director at The CryptoAssets Institute, the founder of Borderless Ventures (which enables FrenchTech, CEE, and ASEAN startups), a venture partner at MotiVentures, and a former managing partner at Nest Ventures. As a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience in digital marketing strategy and e-commerce, Ethan connects and enables cross-border startup investment and business development between the US, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Ethan is a regular keynote speaker on corporate innovation, the blockchain economy, and AI. He is the author of “Chief Startup Officer, How Corporates Can Leverage Startup Innovation.”

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