How Coinbase’s Legal Team Expanded at ‘Crypto Speed,’ Navigated Public Debut

Monitors display Coinbase signage during the company’s initial public offering (IPO) at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Coinbase Global Inc., the largest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, is set to debut on Wednesday through a direct listing, an alternative to a traditional initial public offering that has only been deployed a handful of times. Photo: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

In the nine months that Paul Grewal has held the title of chief legal officer at Coinbase Global Inc., the legal department has more than doubled in size and the company has gone all-in on remote working while making history as the first major cryptocurrency firm to go public. 

“Life moves pretty fast,” as Ferris Bueller famously said, but the rapid pace of life at Coinbase, much like the crypto world in general, is on a different level.