Cryptocurrency platform BlockFi Inc.—one other casualty of the collapse of change FTX earlier this month—filed a Chapter 11 chapter petition this morning within the New Jersey Chapter Court docket (Case No. 22-1936). BlockFi joins the checklist of crypto bankruptcies attributable to liquidity issues.
BlockFi was one in all a number of crypto corporations FTX bailed out earlier this yr. This summer time, FTX signed a take care of BlockFi to offer it with a $400 million revolving credit score facility in change for FTX’s choice to purchase it for $240 million. FTX’s chapter submitting earlier in November straight affected BlockFi’s entry to FTX’s revolving credit score facility and therefore its liquidity. In a letter to prospects, BlockFi mentioned that the choice to file chapter and pause most actions on its platform was the direct results of FTX’s downfall. “These Chapter 11 circumstances will allow BlockFi to stabilize the enterprise and supply BlockFi with the chance to consummate a reorganization plan that maximizes worth for all stakeholders, together with our valued purchasers.” BlockFi mentioned within the assertion to prospects, “Relaxation assured, we’ll proceed to work on recovering all obligations owed to BlockFi as promptly as practicable.”
Along with FTX, BlockFi’s preliminary chapter schedules checklist the Ankura Belief Firm, LLC and the Securities & Trade Fee (SEC) as a few of its largest unsecured collectors. The schedules additionally comprise dozens of undisclosed purchasers every owed between $1 million and $48 million. The SEC is owed $30 million pursuant to a settlement with BlockFi earlier this yr after the SEC charged BlockFi with failing to register its crypto lending product with the Fee. In February BlockFi settled with the SEC for $50 million. It additionally agreed to pay an extra $50 million tremendous to greater than 30 state regulators.
What this implies to you
BlockFi’s chapter submitting highlights the present turbulence and threat related to the crypto business. When you’ve got belongings, commerce relationships, or different publicity to crypto corporations, look at rigorously your authorized and operational threat profiles in gentle of those ongoing bankruptcies.