SEC Crypto Unit Chief Leaves for Private Sector After Coinbase Lawsuit



  • Key SEC anti-crypto attorney Ladan Stewart has left to join White & Case with the goal of expanding the legal firm’s crypto defense practice.
  • Stewart’s involvement in the SEC’s litigation against prominent cryptocurrency platforms such as Coinbase and Ripple demonstrated her proficiency in the field of crypto enforcement.
  • Stewart’s transition to the private sector will give cryptocurrency businesses dealing with legal issues important insights into navigating SEC regulations.

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Ladan Stewart has moved into the private sector after becoming well-known for her work as a top anti-crypto lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Stewart is expected to improve the crypto and cyber defense practice at global law firm White & Case. Stewart has led the SEC’s Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit.

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Stewart’s shift and level of experience

Stewart’s exit from the SEC brings an end to a noteworthy career during which she participated in well-publicized legal battles against significant cryptocurrency platforms like Ripple and Coinbase. Her involvement in these cases demonstrated her significance to the regulatory body’s attempts to impose legal requirements on the cryptocurrency sector.


Stewart will make use of her extensive background in litigation and crypto enforcement at White & Case. Her unmatched experience is highlighted in her profile on the company website, and it is anticipated that this will help clients navigate the intricate regulatory landscape that encircles the cryptocurrency sector.

It’s critical to note that Stewart’s departure follows his involvement in the SEC’s lawsuit against Coinbase, in which the agency charged the exchange with listing cryptocurrency tokens without the required registration, despite classifying them as securities. Stewart’s exit from the case came at the same time that confidence in Coinbase’s defense was beginning to build, pointing to a possible change in the legal environment for cryptocurrency companies under regulatory scrutiny.

Effects on enforcement and regulation of cryptocurrency

Stewart’s move to White & Case is a significant step forward for the cryptocurrency industry, particularly in light of her extensive regulatory knowledge and enforcement background. It is anticipated that her new position will provide clients navigating the obstacles presented by SEC regulations with a distinct viewpoint. With Stewart’s addition, the firm, which has a history of representing well-known clients, including those in the cryptocurrency space, should be better equipped to defend against regulatory actions.

Stewart stated in a recent interview with Bloomberg Law: “Crypto is here to stay—that’s become very clear with the launch of a slew of Bitcoin exchange-traded funds. Given the complexity and the turbulent enforcement arena, legal questions surrounding crypto will be at the forefront for some time.

The news that Stewart is joining White & Case has spurred debate regarding the exodus of public servants into the private sector, especially in domains subject to stringent regulations such as cryptocurrency. This action is seen as a link between industry needs for legal guidance that aligns with the SEC’s regulatory approach and regulatory viewpoints.CRYPTOCASTER® - DECENTRALIZED FREEDOM!

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