Celsius CEO selects Bankman-Fried lawyers for upcoming trial

Celsius CEO selects Bankman-Fried lawyers for upcoming trial

Former Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky has chosen to be represented by the same legal team as FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried against allegations of wire fraud and artificially inflating the company’s token value.

Bloomberg insights suggest that Mashinsky expressed his decision to a federal judge, acknowledging his willingness to overlook any possible conflicts arising from attorneys Marc Mukasey and Torrey Young representing him and Bankman-Fried.

Both lawyers represented Bankman-Fried during FTX’s historic trial that ended in the former FTX CEO being found guilty. Bankman-Fried is awaiting his sentencing next month, where he potentially faces up to 120 years in prison.

Mashinsky’s decision comes in the wake of the 2022 downturn of Celsius, marking one of the year’s notable cryptocurrency failures, occurring shortly before FTX’s own financial troubles. The charges against the former Celsius CEO allege that he disseminated false information regarding the company’s stability before its bankruptcy declaration.

The prosecution prompted U.S. District Judge John Koeltl to ensure Mashinsky was fully aware of his entitlement to an unconflicted legal representation, highlighting concerns over Mashinsky attributing part of Celsius’s downfall to the dealings of Alameda Research.

Despite potential complications from discussions Bankman-Fried had regarding a possible acquisition of Celsius and replacing Mashinsky before its insolvency, the prosecution deemed these conflicts manageable, provided they were acknowledged and accepted by Mashinsky.