Jennifer Robertson

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Jennifer Robertson is Canadian lawyer, and the widow and heir of Gerald W. Cotten, the founder and CEO of QuadrigaCX, a Canadian bitcoin exchange service.[1][2][3][4] Robertson found herself at the centre of controversy after her husband's sudden death, at 30, in December 2018. She filed for bankruptcy protection of the company, on January 30, 2019.[5] In her affadavit she claimed that most of the cryptocurrency on deposit with the exchange was archived on her husband's personal laptop in cold wallets, and that only her husband knew the encryption key to unlock that laptop.[6]

Cotten's death was reported to have occurred, in India, from complications from Chron's disease, but some commentators have suggested that he may have faked his death, after embezzling his customer's deposits, leaving his widow holding the bag.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jack Morse (2019-02-02). "He had sole access to $190 million worth of customers' crypto. Then he died.". Mashable. Retrieved 2019-02-04. "The exchange's founder, 30-year-old Gerald Cotten, died unexpectedly in December 2018. According to a Jan. 31 affidavit filed by his widow Jennifer Robertson and dug up by Coindesk, it also just so happens that Cotten had sole access to most of the exchange's $190 million worth of crypto held in cold storage." 
  2. Alexandra Posadzki (2018-10-09). "Vancouver crypto exchange, CIBC clash over frozen accounts". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 2018-10-08. 
  3. Alexandra Posadzki (2018-11-13). "Judge rules with CIBC, grants possession of disputed Quadriga funds to Ontario Superior Court". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 2019-01-24. 
  4. Roxanne Williams (2019-01-18). "QuadrigaCX Crypto Exchange Users Money is Still Stuck". Crypto Newz. Retrieved 2019-02-04. "The exchange shared a statement with Cotten’s wife, in which it was said that Gerald died on December 9 due to complications of Crohn’s disease when he was traveling in India." 
  5. Jennifer Robertson (2019-01-30). "Affadavit of Jennifer Robertson". Retrieved 2019-02-04. 
  6. Krista Kelly (2019-02-04). "This crypto exchange can't repay the $190 million to customers because the CEO died with the only password". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-02-04. "While Robertson has Cotten's laptop, it's encrypted and she does not have a password or recovery key. A consultant hired to attempt to recover it's contents hasn't had much luck."