FTX Creditors Hire Law Firm Paul Hastings as Representation

Paul Hastings LLP has been tapped to represent FTX creditors in the crypto exchange's bankruptcy proceedings, the law firm told CoinDesk on Thursday.

A nine-member committee chose Paul Hastings from among a number of firms that pitched for the role, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier, citing people familiar with the matter. The report added that the process to select a financial adviser is ongoing. The creditors' committee was formed last Thursday.

As the collapsed global crypto exchange's bankruptcy proceedings continue in the U.S., what remains of the company is attempting to gather over $1 billion in cash assets scattered across the globe.

At a meeting of FTX creditors held Tuesday, U.S. Trustee Juliet Sarkessian urged creditors looking to secure their representation in the case to reach out to the committee's counsel once formally in place.

"They can be contacted," said Sarkessian, a U.S Department of Justice (DoJ) official charged with overseeing bankruptcy cases, of the lawyers that were yet to be appointed. "They do not represent you [the creditors] personally. They may be able to provide some help though, and they may even create their own website potentially for information for creditors."

On Wednesday, FTX's disgraced founder Sam Bankman-Fried was set to be extradited from the Bahamas to the U.S. to face criminal charges. Meanwhile, two executives in his inner circle, Caroline Ellison and Gary Wang, agreed to a plea deal with the DoJ.

Read more: FTX Has Over $1B in Cash, Creditor Meeting Told

Jack Schickler contributed reporting.

UPDATE (Dec. 22, 13:08 UTC): Reflects confirmation from Paul Hastings LLP in headline and first paragraph.