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KRAKEN Feb 22, 2021 Flash Crash and Our Experts' Role in a Prior Systemic Crypto Platform Failure


On Feb 22, multiple crypto pairs prices deviated from their market value on cryptocurrency exchange Kraken. ETH crashed over 50% compared to its market value, while ADA and BTC also saw price dips that didn’t match the market. [1]

According to Reddit posts, several investors experienced losses, including a NYC hedge fund. Its $400 million account was allegedly wiped out because of margin calls were triggered following the flash crash. [2]


Our experts were retained by Silver Miller on behalf of the claimants in a prior 2017 crypto systemic platform failure to:

  1. Analyze a pair prices on a crypto exchange during the month of May 2017, and compare them against the market price in another highly active and liquid exchange;

  2. Estimate a pair prices on a crypto exchange during May 7, 2017, and compare to the market prices; and

  3. Analyze the reasonableness of the leverage and margin protocols on a crypto exchange with respect to its customer system.


Damiano Colnago

Damiano Colnago is a Managing Partner at SEDA Experts, specializing in complex structured finance products with a particular focus on custody and trustee services, collateral and fund administration. His expertise includes banking operation, collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), fund of funds, derivatives (including CDS, IRS, FX swaps and forward contracts), asset-backed securities (ABS), mortgage-backed securities (MBS), syndicated loans, and cryptocurrencies.

Robert M. MacLaverty

Robert MacLaverty is a Managing Partner with SEDA Experts based in New York. He specializes in providing financial, economic and testifying expert services to the nation’s leading law firms, investment banks, pension funds, endowments and foundations. Mr. MacLaverty spent the majority of his 18-year Wall Street career in trading and institutional sales of taxable fixed-income securities, derivatives and structured products. After beginning as a financial analyst and derivatives specialist with Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York (J.P. Morgan), he worked with CS First Boston (Credit Suisse), Continental Bank (Bank of America), Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley. He was also a floor trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, serving on numerous committees as an independent member. His combination of prior industry and expert experience provides a unique breadth to his practice.






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