Philip Moustakis is counsel in the Government Enforcement & Internal Investigations and Blockchain & Cryptocurrency practice groups. Philip advises companies and individuals on SEC enforcement matters, other regulatory enforcement investigations, internal investigations, and blockchain-based solutions and digital assets.
Philip has represented investment managers and other financial services clients in SEC investigations involving, among other things, insider trading, market manipulation, valuation, fees and expenses, conflicts of interest, breaches of fiduciary duty, whistleblowers, and compliance and supervisory failures. Philip has advised blockchain and cryptocurrency clients on token offerings, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and the development of decentralized finance (DeFi) solutions. Philip is quoted frequently in the press on securities law issues affecting private fund managers and blockchain companies.
For more than a decade prior to entering private practice, Philip served as Senior Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, investigating and prosecuting complex matters involving violations of the federal securities laws. Prior to the SEC, Philip served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Investor Protection Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office, investigating and prosecuting violations of the Martin Act and other investor and consumer protection laws.
As a member of the SEC’s Asset Management Unit, Philip gained broad experience with matters involving advisers to private funds and mutual fund complexes. Philip also initiated the SEC’s involvement in the cryptocurrency space, in 2013, with the SEC’s first Bitcoin-related enforcement action, among others, and was a founding member of the SEC’s Cyber Unit. Philip is a contributor to Seward & Kissel’s Cryptocurrency and Blockchain blog, SKrypto.
Philip received a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and a B.A. in Philosophy, cum laude, from Purchase College.
- Guest Lecturer, Capital Markets Regulation: from Buttonwood to Bitcoin, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (April 7, 2022)
- Guest Lecturer, Digital Currency, Blockchains, and the Future of the Financial Services Industry, NYU’s Stern School of Business and NYU School of Law (March 27. 2019)
- Presenter, Cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and SEC Enforcement, NYSBA, Committee on White Collar Criminal Litigation (Sept. 20, 2018)
- Panelist, Impact of Blockchain Technology and Bitcoin Securities Markets, Annual International Institute for Securities Market Growth and Development (April 14, 2016)
- Guest Lecturer, Complex Criminal Investigations, University of Minnesota Law School (March 8, 2016)
- Panelist, Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology, FINRA, Risk Oversight and Operational Regulation Conference (Sept. 3, 2015)
- Presenter, Bitcoin Case Study, FBI, Annual Conference of Certified Public Accountants (July 14, 2015)
- Panelist, Bitcoin Enforcement Actions and the Crackdown on Cybercrime, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (March 9, 2015)
- Presenter, Bitcoin 101, Chicago Police Department, FBI, Cook County Attorney’s Office: Joint Financial Crimes Task Force (Nov. 18. 2014)
- Presenter, Bitcoin Basics, FINRA, Member Regulation (Nov. 3, 2014)
- Presenter, Virtual Currencies, Mid-Atlantic Regional Securities Conference (Oct. 29, 2014)
- Panelist, Cybersecurity and Virtual Currency, 38th Annual Southwest Securities Conference (Aug. 19, 2014)
- Panelist, Virtual & Digital Currency and Payment Systems, American Conference Institute (June 24, 2014)