Christina O. Gotsis

Associate

New York
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Overview

Christina Gotsis focuses her practice on white-collar crime defense and investigations, corporate compliance and civil litigation. Her background as a certified public accountant allows her to apply analytical analyses from a legal perspective to create innovative solutions for her clients and consider a broader range of potential exposure. Her ability to conduct forensic examinations of financial transactions, cryptocurrency and tax and public filings uncovers further investigative leads and facilitate asset tracing for recovery. Christina also designs and implements cross-industry compliance programs for clients on a macro level, with an emphasis on anti-fraud and anti-corruption prevention and mitigation.Christina is committed to her pro bono work and is also a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. She is also currently pursuing Certified Fraud Examiner licensure.

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  • A member of BakerHostetler’s court-appointed representation of SIPA Trustee Irving H. Picard in the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS), one of the largest financial frauds in history. Integrally involved in building the case against some of the first feeder funds into BLMIS, including conducting BLMIS-related transaction analyses, engaging in discovery and motion practice, and preparing for trial.
  • Represented officers and directors in a multimillion-dollar bankruptcy mediation. Integral in the drafting of the mediation filing and risk assessment to ensure insurance liability coverage for our clients which ultimately led to a successful settlement.
  • Represents clients in government enforcement actions and civil class actions relating to allegations of fraud and misconduct and collaborates extensively with financial expert witnesses to build concise and direct models in support of the client’s defense.
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Experience

  • A member of BakerHostetler’s court-appointed representation of SIPA Trustee Irving H. Picard in the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS), one of the largest financial frauds in history. Integrally involved in building the case against some of the first feeder funds into BLMIS, including conducting BLMIS-related transaction analyses, engaging in discovery and motion practice, and preparing for trial.
  • Represented officers and directors in a multimillion-dollar bankruptcy mediation. Integral in the drafting of the mediation filing and risk assessment to ensure insurance liability coverage for our clients which ultimately led to a successful settlement.
  • Represents clients in government enforcement actions and civil class actions relating to allegations of fraud and misconduct and collaborates extensively with financial expert witnesses to build concise and direct models in support of the client’s defense.
  • Conducts internal investigations and key risk compliance assessments for public and private companies across industry sectors, including biopharmaceutical, construction, energy, and financial services.
  • Assists nonprofits in obtaining relief during the COVID-19 pandemic and advises on the implications of the CARES Act.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Hellenic Lawyers Association, Recording Secretary 
  • Equal Justice in the Courts Committee, Member

Publications

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Prior Positions

  • The Honorable Vito DeStefano, New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division: Intern

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., St. John’s University School of Law, 2018, cum laude; St. John's Law Review & Journal of Catholic Legal Studies: Staff Member; Hellenic Law Society, Treasurer; Criminal Law Society
  • B.S., Molloy College, 2015, summa cum laude

Languages

  • Greek

Blog

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Blockchain Monitor
IRS Warns: Hundreds of Crypto Criminal Tax Cases Coming Soon; Hiring of 300 Special Agents Means More to Follow
By Christina O. Gotsis, Carlos F. Ortiz, Veronica Reynolds, Elizabeth Ann Smith, Kayley B. Sullivan
November 16, 2022
The 2022 annual report from the IRS Criminal Investigations (CI) division (the Report) demonstrates an impressive year for enforcement, particularly with regard to cryptocurrency. Following the publication, CI Chief Jim Lee made clear that...
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Treasury Plans Significant Actions to Curb Illicit Digital Asset Financing
By Jonathan A. Forman, Christina O. Gotsis, Robert A. Musiala Jr.
October 19, 2022
As part of a coordinated effort with the U.S. Secretary of State, Attorney General, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Homeland Security, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Director of National Intelligence, and heads of...
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The Tax Man Isn't Leaving: The IRS Continues to Issue John Doe Summonses Relating to Virtual Currency Transactions
By Christina O. Gotsis, Nicholas C. Mowbray, Carlos F. Ortiz, Elizabeth Ann Smith, Kayley B. Sullivan
October 3, 2022
On Sept. 23, 2022, a U.S. District Court judge approved an IRS John Doe summons served on a New York-based bank seeking account records, including account opening documents and records of deposits, withdrawals, transfers and wires, of...
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NFT Initiatives Launch Across Markets; US Banking Regulators Address Crypto; DOJ and Congress Target Crypto Fraud; FBI Cites Risks as DeFi Hacks Continue
By Christina O. Gotsis, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
September 9, 2022
In this issue: • NFT Initiatives Launch in Ticket Sales, Social Media and College Football• US Banking Regulators Publish DeFi Analysis, Address Crypto in Speeches• DOJ Targets Crypto Fraud, House Subcommittee Addresses Consumer Risks• FBI...
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Combatting Fraud and Corruption in the NFT Market
By Christina O. Gotsis, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Jordan R. Silversmith, George A. Stamboulidis
August 30, 2022
On Oct. 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the creation of a National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team to tackle investigations and prosecutions of criminal misuses of cryptocurrency. As the non-fungible token (NFT)...
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