Member Spotlight

Samson Enzer

LinkedIn  | Mon, Mar 20, 2023


BWC welcomes our newest member, Samson Enzer, partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.

A distinguished former federal prosecutor, Samson “Sam” Enzer is the chair of Cahill’s nationally recognized cryptocurrency and blockchain group, and a member of the firm’s renowned white collar, government investigations, and litigation practices. Since launching Cahill’s cryptocurrency team, Sam has been named a national Law360 MVP in fintech and a National Law Journal Trailblazer in cryptocurrency, blockchain, and fintech based on the team’s accomplishments in these fields.

Sam’s practice has three core components. First, Sam represents prominent companies and individuals in high-stakes criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, internal corporate investigations, and civil litigation, often in cases involving the financial services, digital assets, and gaming sectors. Second, Sam regularly advises institutional clients on structuring business lines, financial products, and transactions to comply with U.S. securities, commodities, anti-money laundering, sanctions, and money transmitter laws. Third, Sam also frequently provides due diligence and disclosure guidance to corporate clients in connection with mergers, acquisitions, leveraged financings, securities offerings, and other complex transactions.

Sam has secured successful outcomes for leading corporations, officers, directors, entrepreneurs, and public officials in some of their most challenging criminal and civil matters, including in connection with inquiries by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the New York Attorney General, and other regulators. During the course of his government and private practice roles, Sam has also won numerous jury and bench trials, appeals, and hearings.

Described as “one of the leading cryptocurrency enforcement practitioners to come out of government service in recent years” by The National Law Journal and as the “SDNY crypto ace” by Law360, Sam has been sought out by digital asset trading exchanges, market makers, broker-dealers, fintech payment platforms, digital wallet-services providers, defi protocols, blockchain startups, asset managers, banks, and businesspeople looking for regulatory advice concerning digital assets. Prominent institutions and entrepreneurs have entrusted their gravest cryptocurrency enforcement challenges to Sam, including a fintech startup founder accused by DOJ of laundering $4.5 billion in stolen bitcoin. Sam is also a frequent speaker, news commentator, and author on cutting-edge issues concerning the regulation of cryptocurrency, non-fungible tokens, stablecoins, and other digital assets. For example, Sam has appeared on televised CNBC and CBS programs and been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Business, Bloomberg News, and other major news outlets on various cryptocurrency-related topics.

Sam also has significant experience handling gaming-related matters. For example, Sam recently provided due diligence and disclosure advice to the financing sources of 888 Holdings’ $2.35 billion acquisition of William Hill’s foreign businesses, including guidance relating to the UK Gambling Commission’s publicly reported license review of William Hill. In addition, as a federal prosecutor, Sam led numerous investigations and prosecutions involving illegal sports betting, online gambling, underground casinos and poker rooms, and related violations of the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act.

Before joining Cahill, Sam served for eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the office for the Southern District of New York, where he rose to become a senior member of the SDNY Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. As a federal prosecutor at SDNY, Sam led numerous high-profile investigations and prosecutions of a broad range of white-collar crimes, including multiple groundbreaking cryptocurrency enforcement matters. For example, Sam spearheaded the first securities fraud prosecution in SDNY history arising from an initial coin offering, and led the prosecution of McAfee antivirus software founder John D. McAfee on securities fraud, commodities fraud, touting fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering charges arising from deceptive cryptocurrency promotions. Sam also won a hard-fought guilty verdict on all insider trading charges against a former managing director at a major investment bank.

During his tenure at SDNY, he was nominated for the United States Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award and received the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s Prosecutor of the Year Award.   

Before SDNY, Sam worked as a litigation associate at another international law firm and clerked for United States District Judge Louis L. Stanton. Sam graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a senior editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Sam serves on the lawyers’ advisory council for a non-profit organization offering educational opportunities to underprivileged inner city youth, and he provides pro bono representation to indigent criminal defendants.

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