PART VI: Cal Evans’ “Publishings” Are All Lies, Very Sketchy, and/or Cannot be Found

*Evans has referred to my previous blog posts as “publishings,” as seen below. This is an exceptional example of how even the rules of English and grammar do not apply to him. And I’m not a grammar guru, but my god, this is one of the ways we can tell it’s really Evans because he continues to misspell or improperly capitalize words throughout his “publishings.”

PART V: Responding to Cal Evans – The Fraudulent “Lawyer” Threatening the Crypto Industry, June 14, 2024, https://dunsmoorlaw.com/2024/06/14/part-v-responding-to-cal-evans-the-fraudulent-lawyer-threatening-the-crypto-industry/

TL;DR: Cal Evans of Gresham International, a self-proclaimed “international crypto lawyer,” has a history of using media mentions and fake claims to bolster his reputation while hiding his involvement in numerous scams. From claiming unearned credentials to giving legal advice before being licensed, Evans’ media appearances are a web of lies designed to deceive investors. By exposing the truth behind his “publishings,” we aim to protect the public from this fraudster and hold him accountable for his actions.

(SPOILER ALERT!!!! There are problems with all the articles and/or media he claims to be showcased in.)

Disclaimer: The companies mentioned below are presumed to have been unaware of any fraudulent activities. Even the most discerning individuals and organizations can fall victim to sophisticated deception. If your company believes it has been erroneously included or wishes to provide a rebuttal or publicly disassociate from Cal Evans of Gresham International, we welcome your input.

This content is intended for educational purposes, aimed at informing the public about the potential misuse of media platforms by individuals engaging in fraudulent activities. Our goal is to promote awareness and critical thinking in evaluating professional claims and credentials.

I. Introduction

Paid media is one of the best ways to get the message out to the masses, but, like nearly all things in life, it can be utilized for good and bad. Whether that’s intentionally done by the publisher or due to pure laziness on behalf of the so-called journalist depends a lot on the publisher. The lawyer’s answer of “it depends” applies here, but we will delve into the real-world implications by looking at Cal Evans of Gresham International, for educational purposes and to showcase how much of a fraudster he is to protect the public at large.

Using the logos of others can get you into some very serious legal hot water. (In this case, since it’s for educational purposes and to combat fraud, it is considered “fair use.”) The nature of fraud and scams often involves the lifting of a logo, so easily done now thanks to the internet, to give oneself credibility that hasn’t been earned. This was done a lot in the early days of the “Initial Coin Offering” (“ICO”) era as people would say their Microsoft Azure account, which they had just created, was a “partnership with Microsoft” and plop a logo on a whitepaper or website. In most cases, it’s just a simple copyright infringement case which can be resolved by a cease-and-desist or, more seriously, through an action filed immediately for declaratory relief. However, in more notable cases, it could be the grounds for securities or wire fraud if investors relied on that information or the information in those publications to be true as part of their investment. (Remember that this will come up again later.)

So here we have the self-proclaimed “international lawyer”, Cal Evans of Gresham International. He uses his company’s website, Gresham International, to highlight that he and his impeccable team are “Providing Number 1 Legal Service” and the fact that, supposedly, they have “… assisted companies raise over $1 Billion during their raise periods!” This is highly impressive, but also highly unethical, because he’s only been “licensed” as a CILEX Chartered Legal Executive for five years. (For those who have trouble with math, that’s an astonishing $200 million dollars a year unless he was working as a “legal” advisor or counsel before then, but more on that later).

II. Analysis and Logos

Today, the most damning and important piece I want to discuss, because news and information matter in any part of due diligence, is the list of publications Cal Evans of Gresham International has been a part of and whose logos he proudly displays, presumably without their consent. (We’ve already discussed that he may not know what mutual consent means here: PART III: A Glorified Paralegal Cannot Scare Real Lawyers with a Laughable Cease-and-Desist, https://dunsmoorlaw.com/2024/05/28/part-iii-glorified-paralegals-cannot-scare-real-lawyers-with-a-laughable-cease-and-desist/)

https://www.gresham-international.com

We are going to go logo by logo and determine the content, context, and, where we can, the date of these publications. This is a good way to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes, as a feisty litigator could sue any company with this level of incompetency on their website and, most likely, win. This is also one of those funny moments where material is missing that may be evidence of criminal activity, the same way the bad side of Tik-Tok and YouTube has creators that film their own crimes. That being said, part of this entire analysis now relies on the fact that he was “licensed” as a CILEX Chartered Legal Executive on April 26, 2019.

https://cilexportal.cilexgroup.org.uk/CILEX-Directory (Keep that address in mind. He just added it recently to his actual CILEX profile)

This means anything before that where he is called a lawyer, “Esq.,” or uses “legal,” “legal advisor,” “legal counsel,” or any variation thereof is the unlicensed practice of law in most jurisdictions and a criminal offense. Keep that in mind on this ride.

1. Cointelegraph: The first article we can find regarding Evans is from 2017, but here are his bangers and highly cited two articles:

“How to Develop (a) White Paper [sic] for ICO: Do’s and Don’ts” – August 21, 2017

https://cointelegraph.com/news/how-to-develop-white-paper-for-ico-dos-and-donts

“Looking at Legal Issues of ICO Terms and Conditions: Do’s and Don’ts” – September 4, 2017

https://cointelegraph.com/news/looking-at-legal-issues-of-ico-terms-and-conditions-dos-and-donts

Certain articles containing his profile were removed from the top but not the bottom of the article, for example the “How to Develop (a) White Paper [sic] for ICO” after it was brought to their attention that he’s a fraudster. These articles, because Cointelegraph is so popular, have spread far and wide and continue to provide incorrect information to the public and be cited in various media and papers.

2. Bloomberg Television: We cannot find this and have reached out to Bloomberg for a copy or recording.

3. CryptoSlate: Per Gresham International’s website, this is a client of his and that continues to spread his lies.

https://cryptoslate.com/people/cal-evans/ and https://www.gresham-international.com/

Sidebar 1: I wonder how CryptoDaily feels about not being included in “Proudly Featured” section? After all, they named him one of “CryptoDaily’s Five Most Influential People In Crypto 2019!” Do you know what an impressive achievement that is after only being licensed since April 26, 2019? I mean, the Hybrid Token Offering is an industry standard now (he said sarcastically), and I would love to meet all these ICO clients and defendants in those “lawsuits in the millions.” (Remember, as a CILEX Chartered Legal Executive, he cannot show up in court. Yep.)

https://cryptodaily.co.uk/2019/12/the-cryptodaily-five-most-influential-people-in-crypto-2019 (There are so many lies in this one post that we could make an entire blog post about it. Five different governments? Is that with Gresham International or the British Blockchain Association? Three pieces of legislation? What are they? Submitted the entire framework “document” to the California State Blockchain Group? etc.)

4. CNBC: The only time we can find anything involving CNBC is when he was involved as “legal” for the Giza ICO scam. That’s right, he uses a piece of evidence that he’s been scamming before he was licensed on April 26, 2019 as bragging rights to be in CNBC. “Cryptocurrency scammers run off with more than $2 million after ditching their investors” by Arjun Kharpal, March 9 2018, https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/09/cryptocurrency-scammers-of-giza-make-off-with-2-million-after-ico.html

5. Forbes: Speaking of being licensed in April 2019, on May 31, 2018, “A famous crypto lawyer, Cal Evans, founder of Gresham International” gave an interview before he was licensed as a CILEX Chartered Legal Executive with limited practice rights. “U.S. Trade Tariffs Would Support Bitcoin, End Of May Brings A New Day”, Naeem Aslam, June 1, 2018, https://www.forbes.com/sites/naeemaslam/2018/05/31/us-trade-tariffs-would-support-bitcoin-end-of-may-brings-a-new-day/

6. HuffPost: We cannot find this article and have reached out to Huffington Post to find out what the hell this was, but we see it mentioned here and it sounds like it was from the same time in 2017, so that was well before he was regulated by CILEX. But he mentions it here:

https://www.instagram.com/mrcalevans/p/Cn67L21Lsdd/?img_index=1

7. PaymentWeek: We cannot find this article and have reached out to PaymentWeek to find out what the hell this was.

8. IPWatchDog: Despite being owned by a lawyer, proving that due diligence is something even the professionals can get wrong, IPWatchDog showcases the lies he started promulgating on April 25, 2016, and March 15, 2017, that he was a lawyer and knew what he was talking about. This is also where we see his made-up title of “litigation specialist,” the first lie about “honors” with his LLB, a claim of a master’s degree, and advising for the government. Additionally, despite his book claiming he was incredibly broke at this time, he made sure to let everyone know about his supposed lifestyle. He claimed to “split his time between London, Los Angeles and New York, working with law firms and companies on complex litigation.”” https://ipwatchdog.com/people/cal-evans/

9. Cryptocoin News: You can’t make this up. This was another article about the Giza scam that thought it made him look good? And it was before he was “licensed” so how is he using “legal counsel?” “Giza Revealed To Be Pyramid Scam,” by Ali Raza, March 16, 2018, https://cryptocoin.news/news/bitcoin/giza-revealed-to-be-pyramid-scam-8916/

10. Bangkok Post: Another practicing-before-licensed example from Feb. 27, 2018: “Cal Evans – lawyer and consultant on cryptocurrency agreements at Gresham International.” https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/general/1419227/blockchain-bitcoin-conference-thailand

Sidebar 2: A more in-depth article about the “world-renowned lawyer” is available on Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference website that highlights a couple bangers:

– Cal Evans is a world-renowned expert in the Cryptocurrency Compliance and Strategy sector.

– Prior to his interest in the interaction of legal and cryptocurrency areas, Mr. Evans worked with English, European, Canadian, U.S. Multi-State, and U.S. Federal law. (Does anyone believe this?)

– He regularly writes think pieces for such specialized publications as Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Cointelegraph (true!), Medium (see below!), Playbuzz (we cannot find anything about this and have reached out), and IPWatchdog (see above!).

– Besides, the speaker is a Board Member of the British Blockchain Association. (More on this to come!)

– Currently, Cal Evans cooperates with blockchain companies at Gresham International law firm. (Law firm? But he wasn’t licensed by CILEX yet)

– Since 2016, the company has helped to launch international ICO startups that have raised $150 million during tokensales (sic). (Oof!)

“Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Compliance: presentation by Cal Evans, world-renowned lawyer”, Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference, January 19, 2018, https://thailand.bc.events/en/news/blockchain-and-cryptocurrency-compliance-presentation-by-cal-evans-world-renowned-lawyer-82284

11. Crypto News Monitor: We cannot find this article and have tried to reached out to Crypto News Monitor to find out what the hell this was but they appear defunct.

12. EasyJet: My god, I love EasyJet (“EJ”). When I was a broke law school student in London, my crew preferred EJ instead of Ryanair. That being said, they will take anyone’s money, but what’s so fascinating is that not only does Evans not mention he’s a lawyer in his fancy spread, it doesn’t even look like it mentions Gresham International! It also mentions he is a “former advisor to the UK government,” so what happened there? Now, to be fair, we haven’t been able to find the entire thing, but we are asking EasyJet for a copy.

https://www.instagram.com/mrcalevans/p/CQ_5bgsL97d

13. Buzzfeed: In 2017, approximately two full years before he was licensed, Cal Evans, “a UK lawyer,” apparently gave an interview to Buzzfeed. Once again, the August 23, 2017, article has vanished from the internet, despite it involving Cal Evans and ICOs before he was licensed. We’ve asked Buzzfeed for copies, and they have declined so now we are sending a subpoena. I imagine they’re super spicy!

https://www.instagram.com/mrcalevans/p/Cn67L21Lsdd/?img_index=1

14. Coinvedi: “And another one” (in a DJ Khaled voice.) This reference is presumably for the now-defunct ICO called AirPod, and again, BEFORE he was licensed.

Yep. The AirPod ICO (https://icoholder.com/en/airpod-ico-18851) which is presumably verified, or why wouldn’t he have his client remove it? https://cryptoslate.com/companies/gresham-international/

Coinvedi appears to be defunct.

15. NewsBTC: Evans was licensed on April 26, 2019, but a year before, he’s claiming to be a lawyer and so much more: “Cal Evans is a lawyer and consultant on cryptocurrency agreements at Gresham International. As one of the few experts on international law regarding cryptocurrency, in his report, he will cover the legal aspects of blockchain projects.” Really tough to do that if you’re not licensed. “7 speakers of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Thailand,” “6 years ago”, https://www.newsbtc.com/sponsored/7-speakers-blockchain-bitcoin-conference-thailand/#author-box

16. Medium: Medium is a self-publishing platform. These include some of his discussions about Giza and other scams he supposedly quit right before the rug pull. (See “Message from Gresham International CEO — Cal Evans February 16, 2018”, by Andrea Meyer, February 17, 2018, https://medium.com/@AndreaMeyer12/message-from-gresham-international-ceo-cal-evans-february-16-2018-95bcfd79c4a9) And others discuss his “world-famous” Hybrid Token Offering model that has now become the gold standard for all ICOs (he said with the greatest sarcasm). The bigger question is, why is he giving out legal advice on a structured product that is, by its very definition, a security, when this article was published nearly 5 months before he was properly licensed as a CILEX “Chartered Legal Executive”? (Hybrid implies a combination of utility token and security token, woof. I’d love to see the legal opinions from around this time.)

https://medium.com/@calevanscrypto/the-hybrid-token-offering-95615239d639

Either way, if your crazy neighbor can publish there, you shouldn’t necessarily think of the standard as high unless they are coming with receipts!

17. CGTN: A couple of things to unpack here. These two articles provide the same material, some literally in the same article, like “CAL EVANS, MANAGING CONSULTANT GRESHAM INTERNATIONAL” twice. I thought he was a “Managing Associate”? Whatever that means. Or this truly eye-popping fact: “The perception in some countries is that cryptocurrencies are bad because people trust their money either being run, maintained, or monitored by some kind of centralized power. However, if we take a step back, we realize that the introduction of banks and financial institutions is a relatively new thing. People used to deal with each other directly for the longest of times.” A kind reminder that the Medici Bank was founded in 1397 (not the one involved in the Madoff debacle), and 1694 was the founding of the Bank of England, which became a model for modern central banks. So, I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about when he says we’ve been dealing directly with each other. “Cryptocurrency and blockchain receive worldwide interest,” Michal Bardavid, February 21, 2019, https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d774d324d444f32457a6333566d54/index.html and “Cryptocurrency in Turkey: Country hosts world’s fourth buying platform,” author unknown, February 26, 2019, https://news.cgtn.com/news/3267544f31494464776c6d636a4e6e62684a4856/share_p.html

18. Fintechtimes: Had to translate this one, but since it’s from November 2018, my god, look at the lies. They are underlined: “Cal EVANS (sic), one of the 5 most influential names in the cryptocurrency field, is coming to Istanbul. Cal Evans, one of the 5 most influential names in the field of Cryptocurrency (sic), registered by Forbes, is coming to Istanbul as one of the main speakers… which we (Fintechtimes) are the media sponsor. Who is Cal EVANS(sic)? Cal EVANS (sic) provides consultancy on the Blockchain (sic) economy to the governments of Malta, Dubai, Estonia, and the Bank of England, and is also a board member of the British Blockchain Association. Evans continues his work with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) and is committed to the development of the Blockchain community in line with international regulatory standards.” “Cal Evans is Coming to Istanbul”, Funda Güleç Yalçın, November 26, 2018, https://fintechtime.com/2018/11/cal-evans-istanbula-geliyor/

19. TRT: We cannot find anything related to Gresham International or Cal Evans.

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22trt%22+%22cal+evans%22+%22gresham+international%22

20. Xinhua News Agency: We cannot find this one either and have reached out.

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22Xinhua+News+Agency%22+%22cal+evans%22+%22gresham+international%22

III. The Final Score Out of 20 Logos

Now, we take a look at the results. Out of 20 different logos, we have the following results:

– 13 discuss being a lawyer or presumably providing legal advice before being licensed based on the date and context clues (Cointelegraph, CryptoSlate, CNBC, Forbes, IPWatchDog, Cryptocoin, Bangkok Post, Buzzfeed, Coinvedi, NewsBTC, Medium, CGTN, and Fintechtimes)

– 9 can no longer be found in their entirety (Bloomberg Television, HuffPo, PaymentWeek, Crypto News Monitor, EasyJet, Buzzfeed, Coinvedi, TRT, and Xinhua)

Thus, when adding everything together you get:

-20 of 20 articles cannot be found or provide legal advice and/or mention Evans as a lawyer before he was licensed by CILEX. A mind-numbing TWENTY OUT OF FU-KING TWENTY. (Cointelegraph, Bloomberg Television, CryptoSlate, CNBC, Forbes, HuffPost, PaymentWeek, IPWatchDog, Cryptocoin News, Bangkok Post, Crypto News Monitor, EasyJet, Buzzfeed, Coinvedi, NewsBTC, Medium, CGTN, Fintechtimes, TRT, and Xinhua)

He claims to have raised $150 million in the Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference post on January 19, 2018. https://thailand.bc.events/en/news/blockchain-and-cryptocurrency-compliance-presentation-by-cal-evans-world-renowned-lawyer-82284

Really makes you wonder how much he made during that ICO boom, right?

Additionally:

– 2 involved the repeating of the Giza scam (CNBC and Cryptocoin News Monitor)

– 1 helped promulgate his lies without conducting due diligence (IPWatchDog; the irony should not be lost that “watchdog” is in the name)

– 1 involved his client being the publisher (CryptoSlate and Crypto Daily, but since he didn’t count them we won’t on this list either)

– 1 platform removed him despite his name still being on some articles (Cointelegraph)

– 1 with more lies than I’ve seen anywhere besides the British Blockchain Association itself (Fintechtimes)

– 1 article used twice that makes no sense (CGTN)

– 1 self-publication platform anyone can publish on (Medium)

IV. The Key Takeaways

So, what are the key takeaways here today?

1. Cal Evans is a liar, fraudster, and scammer who should never be trusted. His publications are filled with false claims and/or misrepresentations, often made before he was even licensed to “practice law.” (I say ‘practice law’ in quotations to highlight the fact that he claims he doesn’t practice in the United Kingdom in the complaint response to his regulator CILEX and that, legally, he cannot understand most matters that we would consider the actual practice of law. The blog has all of this content but it’s mostly in Part I and Part V.)

2. Everyone uses paid media to get their message across, but the nature and quality of that media matters. Reputable, fact-checked journalism from trusted sources is more likely to be reliable than pay-to-play or self-published content. Though the latter has gained some more respect as we are able to provide evidence and context that some publications deem too spicy for their purposes.

3. Always check the dates and context of publications. Using outdated content or making claims that don’t align with the timeline of events (like claiming to be a lawyer before being licensed) is a huge red flag.

4. If a publication or claim about someone seems too good to be true, it probably is. As Carl Sagan so insightfully stated, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” and in Cal Evans’ case, that evidence is sorely lacking for all his statements. But, as stated in his own book:

The advantage for a con-person of this being such a new industry (the crypto industry) is that it is difficult to fact-check.

‘The Little Book of Crypto’, Cal Evans, 2019.

Before you buy this dumpster fire, please check out “Book review: ‘The Little Book of Crypto’, by Jack Martin on August 18, 2020: https://cointelegraph.com/news/book-review-the-little-book-of-crypto

5. Due diligence is crucial, both for individuals and for publishers. Failing to properly vet sources and claims can lead to the spread of misinformation and enable fraudsters like Cal Evans to continue their schemes and possibly criminal or civil cases against the publisher or individually depending on the nature of the claims.

Publications matter, whether self-published or through a “traditional publisher”, and so does the information contained within them, folks. The startup world and crypto industry are full of projects that failed. God knows I’ve had my share of clients and companies who I thought would make it and sadly didn’t, but that doesn’t mean you lie in press releases or publications used by the public to invest in or work with your project. Remember, there are four elements of wire fraud:

https://www.justice.gov/archives/jm/criminal-resource-manual-941-18-usc-1343-elements-wire-fraud#:~:text=(the%20four%20essential%20elements%20of,foreseeable%20that%20interstate%20wire%20communications

(1) that the defendant voluntarily and intentionally devised or participated in a scheme to defraud another out of money;

(2) that the defendant did so with the intent to defraud;

(3) that it was reasonably foreseeable that interstate wire communications would be used; and

(4) that interstate wire communications were in fact used.

I reasonably believe this is why Evans tries to claim that by not taking a payment from the U.S., he isn’t submitting to U.S. jurisdictions. Once again, that’s not how criminal law works. A real lawyer would know that.

https://gresham-international.gitbook.io/gresham-international-website-documents/notice-for-u.s-persons

This is made more prescient when considering he was writing about money laundering back in August 16, 2018, on Medium and now is legal counsel for several decentralized cryptocurrency exchanges.

https://medium.com/@calevanscrypto/could-cryptocurrencies-could-remove-money-laundering-31cb875d66ba

V. Conclusion

I hope we have all learned something here today, and if anyone has any other publications or press releases about Evans and Gresham International, please be sure to let me know. We will be providing updates as we receive the original articles that magically disappeared. Together, we can curb the scams and fraud in this industry, allowing us all to thrive. Teamwork makes the dream work, and an informed community is a stronger community.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

If you believe you have been adversely affected by Cal Evans’ alleged misconduct or fraudulent activities, we strongly urge you to contact the appropriate legal authorities in your jurisdiction. The widespread nature of these claims across multiple countries underscores the importance of reporting any suspected illegal activities to the proper authorities.

For individuals or entities seeking guidance on how to proceed, consider consulting with a qualified legal professional in your area who can advise on the appropriate steps to take based on your specific circumstances. If you need a recommendation for legal counsel, don’t hesitate to reach out. I can connect you with actual, licensed attorneys who have verifiable credentials and a track record of ethical practice – not individuals who merely masquerade as legal professionals. These are lawyers who’ve earned their qualifications through legitimate means and maintain them through adherence to professional standards, unlike those who fabricate their expertise.

Our aim is to encourage transparency and accountability while protecting potential victims from further harm. Remember, reporting suspected fraud not only helps your own case but also contributes to the broader effort of preventing others from falling victim to similar schemes.

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