Jaak Poldma

Associate, London

Biography

Overview

Jaak is an associate in White & Case's Dispute Resolution group based in London.

Jaak is dual-qualified (England & Wales and New York) and represents clients in litigation and international arbitration. He is experienced in key aspects of dispute resolution, including case management, discovery, oral advocacy, trial proceedings and enforcement of arbitral awards.

He has represented technology companies, financial institutions, asset managers, and multinational corporations in litigation and arbitration, including joint venture disputes, shareholder disagreements, contractual breaches, and breaches of directors' duties.

Since 2018, Jaak has actively participated on blockchain and cryptocurrency matters, representing a FinTech company in a shareholder dispute, representing a shareholder in a dispute related to DeFi projects, and advising clients and speaking on cryptocurrency regulations and litigation risks.

As a former professional tennis player, Jaak is a competitive and passionate advocate for his clients' needs.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
New York State Bar
Education
Juris Doctor
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Bachelor of Arts
University of Southern California
Languages
English
Estonian

Experience

Advising a founder and shareholder of blockchain-enabled businesses, including cryptocurrency wallets, decentralised finance platforms, and prime brokerages for digital assets, in disputes related to ownership of digital assets, management of the businesses, regulatory issues, and relationships with cryptocurrency exchanges and platforms.

Representing a limited partnership in LCIA proceedings in relation to a shareholder dispute and contractual breaches in the energy space.

Representing an international technology company in resolving disputes with an investor and a director of the company, relating to the use of cryptocurrencies.

Representing a major commodities firm in ICC arbitration proceedings, relating to a multi-billion-dollar international joint venture project.

Representing an asset manager in LCIA proceedings seated in London, relating to debt and equity investment disputes.

Representing a logistics and engineering company in LCIA proceedings seated in London, relating to fraud claims and contractual disputes in Africa.

Representing a global technology company in a copyright infringement suit in the US District Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Advising blockchain and cryptocurrency projects on global litigation risks.

Speaking Engagements

"Jurisdictional Questions for non-US Blockchain Companies", London Blockchain Foundation (LBCF), November 2018