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

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
DOJ Calls on International Partners to Improve Investigative Efficiency in Response to President Biden's Executive Order on Risks Involving Digital Assets
By Teresa Goody Guillén, Christina O. Gotsis, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Carlos F. Ortiz, Veronica Reynolds
June 30, 2022
In June 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a report (Report) recommending increased cooperation among international law enforcement agencies to combat threats and crime related to the use and proliferation of digital assets and...
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Cryptocurrency Tax Enforcement May Soon Reward Tipsters Through Whistleblower Program and False Claims Act
By Christina O. Gotsis, Nicholas C. Mowbray, Carlos F. Ortiz, Elizabeth Ann Smith, Kayley B. Sullivan
May 24, 2022
International and state authorities could soon bolster enforcement efforts by rewarding individuals who provide information about underreporting income on virtual currency transactions. As a result, digital asset investors and their tax...
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New CBDC and NFT Data Released; OFAC Adds Mixer and Public Keys to SDN List; Multiple Crypto Enforcement Actions; Stablecoin Risks on Display
By Lauren Bass, Christina O. Gotsis, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
May 13, 2022
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Global Tax Enforcement Group Provides NFT Red Flag Guidance
By Teresa Goody Guillén, Christina O. Gotsis, Nicholas C. Mowbray, Elizabeth Ann Smith
May 3, 2022
Answering the call for guidance regarding potential issues concerning the popular cryptocurrency assets NFTs, on April 28, the J5 issued a first-of-its-kind intelligence bulletin warning the public of the dangers of dealing with NFTs...
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Banks Expand Digital Asset Offerings; Crypto Market Actors Critique SEC Proposal; New OFAC Crypto Sanctions; Agencies Issue Warnings; DeFi Hacked
By Christina O. Gotsis, Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Joanna F. Wasick
April 22, 2022
In this issue: • Banks Expand Digital Asset Offerings, BIS Report Addresses CBDCs• Cryptocurrency Market Actors Publish Critiques of Recent SEC Proposal• OFAC Sanctions North Korean Crypto Hackers and Russian Crypto Miner• Law Enforcement...
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